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Loren's last content update – Aug. 30, 2014, 12:25 p.m.

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The Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams album cover

The Hold Steady

Teeth Dreams, 2014

6.5 / 10

The Hold Steady has been on quite a ride. They went from “New York bar band” to critical and indie darlings to, now, wavering somewhere on the edge of the ...

Astpai - Burden Calls album cover


Burden Calls, 2014

7.5 / 10

I’m not sure what this says about me, but I like Astpai’s Burden Calls just fine but it takes until they pull a sample from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the original) to hit that ...

The Sands - Hotel & Casino album cover

The Sands

Hotel & Casino, 2014

7.1 / 10

Say what you will about the old “don’t judge a book by its cover” metaphor, but it’s got some credence in the music world too. The Sands’ Hotel & Casino is a ...

Low Forms - Low Forms EP album cover

Low Forms

Low Forms EP, 2014

7.2 / 10
200 Words Or Less

Low Forms self-titled 7” is a six minute blast of power-pop defined by clean guitars, rhythmic chops, and traditional format rock ’n’ roll. While it’s not reinventing anything, it’s a ...

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Young Turks

One Question Interviews Young Turks

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 1:31 a.m.

Jason (Young Turks) SPB: How big is your record collection? Jason: I have about 250 records. I started collecting when I was about 16. I hated high school so I ...

Street Dogs

One Question Interviews Street Dogs

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 1:29 a.m.

Mike McColgan (Street Dogs, FM359) SPB: How much space in your home is dedicated to music storage (instruments or records)? McColgan: One entire room in my house is dedicated to ...


One Question Interviews Æges

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 1:26 a.m.

Kemble Walters (Æges) SPB: What is your day job/how does it affect your schedule as a musician? Walters: This is a funny question for me being that I am ...

Hidden Shoal Recordings

One Question Interviews Hidden Shoal Recordings

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 1:23 a.m.

Cam Merton (Hidden Shoal Recordings) SPB: What is your go-to karaoke song? Merton: My initial impulse is to put on something from Harold Budd and Brian Eno’s Ambient 2 ...

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The Melvins: Hold It In

Records The Melvins: Hold It In

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 12:25 p.m.

The always busy Melvins will release a new album titled Hold It In on Oct. 14. In addition to the new record, to be released on Ipecac Recordings, the band ...

Tour dates:
October 15 Sacramento, CA Assembly
October 17 Bellingham, WA Wild Buffalo House of Music
October 18 Seattle, WA The Showbox
October 19 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
October 21 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
October 22 San Luis Obispo, CA SLO Brewing
October 23 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour
October 24 San Diego, CA The Casbah
October 25 Phoenix, AZ The Crescent Ballroom
October 26 Albuquerque, NM The Launchpad
October 28 Dallas, TX Trees
October 29 Austin, TX Mohawk
October 30 Houston, TX Warehouse Live - Studio
October 31 New Orleans, LA Voodoo Fest
November 1 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
November 2 Gainesville, FL The Wooly
November 3 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbit's
November 4 Orlando, FL The Social
November 5 Ft. Lauderdale, FL The Culture Room
November 6 Tampa, FL Orpheum Theater
November 8 Atlanta, GA The Loft at Center Stage

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Relapse adds Valkyrie

Labels Relapse adds Valkyrie

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 10:34 a.m.

Relapse Records has inked Valkyrie to the label. The Viriginia band formed in 2002 and includes brothers Jake and Pete Adams (Baroness, Samhain), Alan Fary (Earthling), and Warren Hawkins. The ...

Lemuria updates

Bands Lemuria updates

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 10:21 a.m.

Lemuria has announced the recording of a 7" with Mark Ryan (Mind Spiders, The Marked Men, more), to be released as part of the Turnstile Comix series from Silver Sprocket ...

Primus is back

Records Primus is back

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 10:19 a.m.

Primus will release a new album, Primus & the Chocolate Factory, on Oct. 21 on ATO Records, followed by a fall tour. The record will be their first full-length in nearly ...

Catch Primus & The Chocolate Factory on Tour
 *10/22 – Tower Theatre – Upper Darby, PA*
*10/24 – Palace Theatre – Albany, NY*
*10/25 – Orpheum Theatre – Boston, MA*
*10/26 – Flynn Center for Performing Arts – Burlington, VT*
*10/28 – Palace Theater – Waterbury, CT*
*10/29 – Hippodrome – Baltimore, MD*
*10/31 – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY*
*11/01 – State Theatre – New Brunswick, NJ*
*11/02 – Main Street Armory – Rochester, NY*
*11/03 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI*
*11/05 – Peabody Opera House – St. Louis, MO*
*11/07 – Taft Theatre – Cincinnati, OH*
*11/08 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA*
*11/09 – Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL*
*11/11 – The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater – Miami
Beach, FL*
*11/12 – Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, FL*
*11/14 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Biloxi, MS*
*11/15 – ACL live at the Moody Theater – Austin, TX*
*11/16 – The Majestic Theatre – Dallas, TX*
*11/17 – Majestic Theatre – San Antonio, TX*
*11/19 – Orpheum Theatre Phoenix – Phoenix, AZ*
*11/21 – Orpheum Theatre LA – Los Angeles, CA*

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Show Review: Chuck Ragan @ Triple Rock

Posted April 19, 2014, 9:03 a.m. by Loren

Chuck Ragan, White Buffalo, Jonny Two BagsTriple Rock Social ClubMinneapolis, MNApril 15, 2014 It had been many a year since I’d seen Chuck Ragan perform, and that was with his ...

Melvins, Negative Approach, Mudhoney @ Grumpys

Posted July 29, 2013, 8:27 p.m. by Loren

Die Kruezen, Hepa/Titus, Mudhoney, Gay Witch Abortion, Negative Approach, Honky, Melvins Grumpys Downtown Minneapolis, MN July 20, 2013   It’s a shame that Amphetamine Reptile Records quit putting out new ...

Dave Hause @ Cabooze Plaza

Posted July 10, 2013, 5:05 p.m. by Loren

Dave Hause @ Cabooze Plaza Social Distortion, Cheap Time, Dave HauseCabooze PlazaMinneapolis, MNJuly 2, 2013 Dave Hause is a busy guy. I swear I get an email a week here ...

Fest 8 Wrapup

Posted Dec. 16, 2009, 6:53 a.m. by Loren

200 bands, seemingly as many beers, and only three nights. Where do I begin my recap? My stomach is still shrunken from not eating right, and I continue to drink ...

Loren's bio

I started writing for the site in early 2008. I also work for a publishing company and do freelance writing on the side. I occasionally use the twitter here:

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Dillinger Four, Arrivals, Brokedowns, Tim Version, Weakerthans, Broadways, The Blind Shake, Tiltwheel, Fugazi

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