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Mischief Brew and the case for punk rock

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Mischief Brew and the case for punk rock

Posted Aug. 9, 2015, 3:50 p.m.

I’ve been going to punk shows for well over a decade. That statement may seem like bragging, but it’s not. Most people in my day to day life think going to punk shows is dumb. I can understand why. At a punk show there is a good chance you’ll be pushed by a stranger, have a drink spilled on you, and/or leave with a persistent ringing in your ears. Someone may jump on your head or hit you with an elbow. Despite this, or maybe because of this, a punk show is still one of the only places I feel like I belong. It’s a culture that I grew up in, and whether or not ...

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Guest Column: T (Vegas) - Die en route

Regular Columns Guest Column: T (Vegas) - Die en route

Posted Aug. 9, 2015, 3:45 p.m.
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Chaos, contradictions, and confrontations are a rite of passage. Charles Dickens said that we begin to forgive a place as soon as it is left ...

Scene Point Blank's Favorites: The Year So Far (July 2015)

Music Scene Point Blank's Favorites: The Year So Far (July 2015)

Posted July 5, 2015, 3:42 p.m.

That's right: this year is already half empty. Or half full. Something like that? Metaphors aside, we at SPB have distilled the best music ...

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No Idea Records

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No Idea Records

Posted Feb. 2, 2014, 9:26 p.m.

Var (No Idea Records) SPB: As No Idea has become an established DIY label, what is the more tiresome stereotype you’ve encountered as a result of that success? Var: The short answer would be that "all the bands sound like Hot Water Music." * The long answer is that "success" is a tricky word. Our daily lives and work on the label/mailorder/distribution are filled with an unending flow of tiny successes and failures. It's hard to say which we learn more from; sometimes a well-timed stubbed toe allows us to protect ourselves from falling down a mine ...

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Anti-Flag

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Posted July 5, 2015, 3:41 p.m.

Anti-Flag have never shied away from exploring the complex political and social issues that affect their native United States while ...

BJ (Ancient Shores) on sound

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Posted July 5, 2015, 3:37 p.m.
Beyond Casual Observation

As young as 14, Jeff King was drumming in bands and in years after would continue writing music and touring ...

Refused (are fucking alive)

Music Refused (are fucking alive)

Posted June 18, 2015, 2:42 p.m.

Refused are fucking alive, but they’re still fucking mysterious. I’ll never forget that late Sunday night in winter ...

Levitation 2015 / Austin Psych Fest

Music Levitation 2015 / Austin Psych Fest

Posted June 18, 2015, 2:34 p.m.

Providing a welcome alternative to not only the blast of insanity that South by Southwest brings but also the increasingly-crowded ...

Emmy The Great

Interviews Emmy The Great

Posted May 11, 2015, 2:25 a.m.

When Emmy The Great returned with her S EP nearly three years after her last release, a new band member ...

Guest Column: T (Vegas) - Wake

Regular Columns Guest Column: T (Vegas) - Wake

Posted May 11, 2015, 2:16 a.m.
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(…) tunnel vision's tightening its grip - beat by mutual denial (…) During the Double Ninth Festival in China cemeteries get crowded ...

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