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Green Day nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Posted Nov. 23, 2014, 3:35 p.m.

California rock trio Green Day is among the 2015 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The band released their debut EP 1,000 Hours in 1989 and last released ¡Tré!

Keith Morris autobiography

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 9:04 a.m.
Keith Morris autobiography

Keith Morris of Off! (formerly of Black Flack and Circle Jerks) is working on an autobiography to be released in the fall of 2016. The book, written with Jim Ruland, will be available from De Capo Press and will be titled My Damage: 40 Years on the Front Lines of Punk.

Source: punknews.org

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Bands Yo La Tengo anniversary

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 8:58 a.m.

Yo La Tengo have announced news of their upcoming 30th anniversary shows, along with a Dec. reissue of their Extra Painful album. Extra Painful was first released in 1993 and the deluxe reissue will be ...

Bands Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 7:40 p.m.

Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake

John Reis (Rocket from the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes) is pairing with Minneapolis 3-piece The Blind Shake for an upcoming album called Modern Surf Classics, set for release on Jan. 27. The project ...

Bands Nai Harvest updates

Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 12:23 p.m.

Nai Harvest updates

Fresh off a US tour and stop at Fest 13, Nait Harvest have announced a new album coming in 2015 via Topshelf Records. The new album is planned for a spring release and is currently ...

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Bands 1QI: Ef, Culture Abuse, Barshasketh, Loose Planes

Posted Nov. 17, 2014, 3:07 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl Prime

1QI: Ef, Culture Abuse, Barshasketh, Loose Planes

One of our features here at Scene Point Blank is our semi-daily quickie Q&A: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and ...

Niklas (Ef)
SPB: If you had your choice, which guest musician would you want to feature on an album?
Niklas: EF have always put a lot of interest in arranging strings and horns in order to create a beautiful and bombastic touch to the normal guitar based post rock setting. Until now we (or our member Daniel) have been writing these arrangements and worked with more or less professional musicians to play these parts for us. So it would be magical to work with a big hero of mine on this part; Clint Mansell. To be "less post-rock" in my reply I would love to bring in either Radiohead’s Thom Yorke or Jonny Greenwood (not both at the same time though) into the studio and see what interesting ideas they would love to bring to the table.
David Vincent Kelling (Culture Abuse, vocals)
SPB: What is most ridiculous sub-genre name you’ve heard?
David: Calling something a sub genre is fucking ridiculous in general, still rock and roll to me...
Krigeist (Barshasketh)
SPB: What are the origins for the name of the band? 
Krigesit: Barshasketh was something I read years ago in an occult text around the time I was composing the first demo. It refers to a subconscious pit of destruction relating to self-advancement.
Luke Schwartz (Loose Planes, vocals)
SPB: What is the worst stereotype you encounter when strangers discover you’re in a band?Luke: The worst stereotype I encounter when people find out I'm in a band is usually that I'm rich. Normal people aren't aware of the fact that musicians are making a fraction of what they were ten years ago. Fuck Napster.

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Bands New Tesseract, live DVD in the works too

Posted Nov. 16, 2014, 10:46 a.m. in Bands by Loren

New Tesseract, live DVD in the works too

Kristell Gathoye

UK prog act TesseracT have announced their signed with Kscope and will release their upcoming third full-length with the new label in 2015. In addition ...

Bands Polyvinyl 4-track series, volume 2

Posted Nov. 12, 2014, 6:36 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Polyvinyl 4-track series, volume 2

Yasuhiro Ohara

Polyvinyl Records has announced the return of their 4-track singles series in which bands record on a traveling Tascam 4-track cassette recorder that was passed ...

4-Track Singles Series Vol. 2 Artists:Blikk Fang (MGMT, of Montreal)Crooked FingersDavid BazanDeerhoofThe DodosDucktails (Real Estate)Jacco GardnerJonathan Rado (Foxygen)Kishi Bashiof MontrealSaint PepsiTelekinesis

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Bands 1QI: Sam Russo, The Tim Version, Fighting Kites, Kylesa

Posted Nov. 10, 2014, 1:57 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl Prime

1QI: Sam Russo, The Tim Version, Fighting Kites, Kylesa

One of our features here at Scene Point Blank is our semi-daily quickie Q&A: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and ...

Sam Russo
SPB: How do you primarily find new music?
Sam: I still find new music the way I always have -- on the road and through friends. When I'm on tour I write down dozens of bands people recommend me and I always listening to the radio in the US. I have a few friends who are really switched onto new music and I get them to make me CDs for the car, or I just let them DJ when they come over for drinks. I love the feeling of discovering something new, it makes you feel like a kid again.
If you're interested I have a story about discovering a musician for the first time. I was on tour with Bangers (great band) in Germany and had a night off in Berlin. It was raining and after dinner we had no idea where we were so we wandered around the rainy streets drinking beer and trying to shake the night-off blues. Anyway we decided we wanted to see some music so we asked around folks in the street for a good music bar and got directed through some alley's and a park and around some side streets to a little cafe/bar place and we huddled inside out of the rain and slopped our way up to the bar. It was candlelit, warm, and absolutely packed with very hip looking Berliners.
We ordered beers and set up by the stage to watch whatever was coming. That's when Aimee Argote took the stage. I'd never heard of her or her band Des Ark, but sitting watching her in the heart of Berlin, feeling wild and almost gone on a dead end road and then to be pulled back in by her breathy, broken voice and big deep eyes as she just hurt and sang, for that to come out of nowhere was wonderful. It was intimate and moving and melodic in a way I'd never heard. Totally unique. I was absolutely lost in it. I bought her record and packed my bag around it and even though the tour was another week long the first thing I did when I got home was listen to that record and it was like I was there again. I'll always remember that night and I'll always have the record to take me back there. So I've always got my ears peeled for new stuff when I'm out because you never know when something so inspiring will just appear on a stage and steal your heart.
Russ Van Cleave (The Tim Version)
SPB: What got you interested in pursuing science on a professional level?Russ: There are a lot of different reasons, but the easiest answer I could probably give would be high school physics. I quit marching band my senior year so I could free up room to take a physics class. I was told it would be good for college or something -- blah, blah. I didn't know much of anything about physics and I had no idea what to expect. But a few weeks into the class it all just clicked. It made total sense to me and I just thought it was awesome that you could use equations that described natural laws to predict what was going to happen for a given scenario. I watched a bunch of other folks struggling with the class and I realized that I might have stumbled onto something I not only enjoy doing, but something at which I might also actually be useful. My teacher was rad and very easy to talk to so I asked him what can you do with physics. He told me I could be an engineer. 
So I started college as an engineering major and hated it. I struggled with every type of engineering I tried. Engineering, to me, seemed to gloss over a lot of the fundamental reasons for doing things. It was more of a shut-up-and-calculate type of culture and that turned me off to the whole thing. So I changed my major to physics and eventually got a M.S. Of course, most of what I do now professionally is essentially engineering work but the field I work in is still dominated by a lot of science that hasn't been fully defined and/or applied to some standard engineering process. So I get the opportunity, quite often, to go digging through research journals in an attempt to wrap my head around some concept needed for a physics model or an engineering task or just a basic nuts and bolts explanation for the managers. The nice thing about my job is that the pro-world hasn't ruined a love of science for me (yet). I'm still just as enthusiastic about it as I was, if not more so, than I was when I was younger and I spend a lot of my own time just reading up on one thing or another. The more you learn, the more you realize that you have a lot to learn. For me, it's been an easy way to keep from getting bored.
Neil Debnam (Fighting Kites)
SPB: Is there a particular record you've heard this year that surprised you? In both a good or a bad way? 
Neil: Speaking from a strictly personal point of view rather than as the mouthpiece of four individuals now separated geographically by a few thousand miles, I think it has to be Robert Turman's Flux. I heard it first on the Neus Van God podcast by Kraak and was shocked when I found out it was a reissue of an album from the early Eighties. It sounded, at least to my ears, totally fresh and not at all dated. The other-worldly feeling of the sounds might have had something to do with that though. I love how minimal it is, but at the same time it manages to be so emotive. It has really got me thinking about how I make my own music in Broken Shoulder, although I haven't really managed to transfer those thoughts into actual actions yet. Guess that's difference between being talented (him) and hopefully slogging away (me).
(Damn, I should have picked one of the releases on my new Kirigirisu  label. That would have been the sensible PR-minded thing to have done. Still not very good at that kind of thing).
Laura Pleasants (Kylesa)
SPB: When you're on tour, how is it decided (or who decides) where you'll eat?
Laura: The promoter generally sets the schedule. Sometimes they will ask when we would like to eat and then we'll decide on the spot.
 

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Bands Light Years on tour with Driver Friendly

Posted Nov. 5, 2014, 7:37 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Light Years on tour with Driver Friendly

Light Years, who recently released the Temporary EP/12" on Animal Style, are currently on tour with Driver Friendly. The band played the Warped Tour ...

Light Years Upcoming Tour Dates NOV 05 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive w/ Driver FriendlyNOV 06 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Loading Dock w/ Driver FriendlyNOV 08 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project w/ Driver FriendlyNOV 09 - Portland, OR @ Slabtown w/ Driver FriendlyNOV 11 - San Francisco, CA @ Brick @ Mortar w/ Driver FriendlyNOV 12 - Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Cafe w/ Driver FriendlyNOV 13 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction w/ Driver FriendlyNOV 14 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues w/ Driver FriendlyNOV 15 - Mesa, AZ @ The Underground w/ Driver FriendlyNOV 16 - El Paso, TX @ The Spot w/ Driver FriendlyNOV 18 - Dallas, TX @ Elm Street Room w/ Driver FriendlyNOV 20 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade w/ Driver FriendlyNOV 21 - Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar w/ Driver FriendlyNOV 22 - Odessa, FL @ Goat Housew/ Driver FriendlyNOV 23 - Orlando, FL @ The Backbooth w/ Driver Friendly

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Bands Anti-Flag's The Terror State - 10 Years After

Posted Nov. 5, 2014, 1:54 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Anti-Flag's The Terror State - 10 Years After

Bruno Oliveira

To mark the 10th anniversary of The Terror State, Anti-Flag will be playing the album in its entirety on a few lives dates, with two ...

TOUR DATES:
TERROR STATE SHOWS: 1/2/15 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s 1/3/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
****MORE DATES FOR THE TERROR STATE SHOW TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!****
W/ PENNYWISE, A WILHELM SCREAM1/6/15 – Albuquerque, NM- Sunshine Theatre1/8/15 – Austin, TX- Mohawk1/9/15 – Dallas, TX- Gas Monkey1/10/15 – Houston, TX- Fitzgerald’s1/11/15 – New Orleans, LA- Tipitina’s1/13/15 – Jacksonville, FL-Free Bird Live1/15/15 – Fort Pierce, FL- The Inlet1/16/15 - Tampa, FL- The Cuban Club1/17/15 – Orlando, FL – Plaza Live1/18/15 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

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Bands Reel Big Fish holiday EP & tour

Posted Nov. 5, 2014, 10:08 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Reel Big Fish holiday EP & tour

Longtime ska-punk group Reel Big Fish will release a new digital only EP later this year titled HappySkalidays. The band will also be on a ...

Tour Dates:
11/29/14: Aspen, CO – Aspen Mountain
(11/30-12/4 with The Maxies)
11/30/14: Ft. Collins – Aggie Theatre
12/2/14: Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Backroom
12/3/14: El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
12/4/14: Tucson, AZ – The Rock
(1/15-2/20- w/ Less Than Jake, Authority Zero)
1/15/15: Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
1/16/15: Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theatre
1/17/15: Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
1/18/15: Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
1/20/15: Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
1/21/15: Chicago, IL – House of Blues
1/22/15: Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
1/23/15: Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
1/24/15: Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
1/25/15: Pittsburgh, PA – Club Zoo
1/27/15: New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
1/28/15: Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
1/29/15: Boston, MA – House of Blues
1/30/15: Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
1/31/15: Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
2/2/15: Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
2/3/15: Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
2/4/15: Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
2/5/15: St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing
2/6/15: New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall
2/7/15: Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
2/8/15: Houston, TX – House of Blues
2/10/15: St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
2/12/15: Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
2/13/15: Murray, UT – Murray Theater
2/14/15: Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Live
2/15/15: Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
2/16/15: Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
2/17/15: San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
2/18/15: Anaheim, CA – The Grove Of Anaheim
2/19/15: San Diego, CA – House of Blues
2/20/15: West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues

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