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Underground Railroad To Candyland - The People Are Home album cover

Underground Railroad To Candyland

The People Are Home, 2015

8.3 / 10

I wasn’t sure what to make of Underground Railroad to Candyland when I first saw them. They were a very new band, but the style was off-kilter and different than ...

Red Dons & TV Smith - A Vote For the Unknown album cover

Red Dons & TV Smith

A Vote For the Unknown, 2014

7.7 / 10

Red Dons are a band I’ve meant to check out for some time. As a reviewer, perhaps I’m supposed to go check out the whole back catalog, but I often ...

Birthday Suits - Adult Party: Spin the Bottle album cover

Birthday Suits

Adult Party: Spin the Bottle, 2015

8.0 / 10

Birthday Suits always surprise me on record. Live, it’s fierce and reckless; sweaty mayhem and cathartic rock ‘n’ roll. On record, it’s more calculated, with the vocals coming stronger in ...

Hannahband - Retirement album cover


Retirement, 2015

7.1 / 10

Calling it folk-punk isn’t right, but I’m not sure I agree with the post-punk tag slapped on their onesheet either. Hannahband, from Sydney, Australia, have a gritty garage element, making ...

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Soul Asylum

One Question Interviews Soul Asylum

Posted June 27, 2015, 6:01 p.m.

Dave Pirnier (Soul Asylum – vocals) SPB: Who is your favorite musician you’ve discovered in New Orleans? Pirnier: Henry Butler first comes to mind. I saw him for the first ...


One Question Interviews Jxckxlz

Posted June 27, 2015, 5:59 p.m.

Jxckxlz SPB: Which of your songs is hardest to play live? Nathan (vocals): “Trophic Level,” ‘cause I just scream like a manic dog for 5 minutes plus. Max (drums): “Solace ...

Lesstalk Records

One Question Interviews Lesstalk Records

Posted June 22, 2015, 12:58 a.m.

Matt Vaughn (Lesstalk Records, Michael Crafter-vocals) SPB: Do any of your musician friends have tinnitus? Vaughn: Yeh, I think a lot of my friends have or will have tinnitus when ...

Adrift for Days

One Question Interviews Adrift for Days

Posted June 22, 2015, 12:53 a.m.

Lachlan R. Dale (Adrift for Days, Art As Catharsis) SPB: How has the increasing digitisation of music changed your listening habits? Dale: A very good question, and one I often ...

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SPB exclusive stream: Bad Cop/Bad Cop

Records SPB exclusive stream: Bad Cop/Bad Cop

For our featured stream this month, we've got the brand new Not Sorry, Bad Cop/Bad Cop's first full-length. The record was produced by Fat Mike and recorded ...

Bad Cop/ Bad Cop tour dates:
06/20/15 Long Beach, CA at Alex's Bar Record Release show! 06/21/15 Las Vegas, NV at The Bunkhouse 06/23/15 Phoenix, AZ at The Rebel  06/24/15 Albuquerque, NM at Warped Tour 06/25/15 Midland , TX at Blue Max 06/26/15 Austin, TX at Gypsy Lounge06/27/15 San Antonio, TX at Korova06/28/15 El Paso, TX at Lowbrow Palace 06/30/15 Tucson, AZ at Club Congress 07/01/15 Tijuana, Mexico at Mustache Bar *07/02/15 San Diego, CA at Soda Bar 07/03/15 Pomona, CA at VLHS 07/25/15 Los Angeles, CA at The Roxy Theatre w/ The Adolescents, 08/12/15 Boston, MA at House Of Blues Fat Wrecked for 25 Years tour08/14/15 Asbury Park, NJ at Stone Pony Summer Stage Fat Wrecked 08/15/15 Philadelphia, PA at Festival Stage at Penn's Landing Fat Wreck08/17/15 Chicago, IL at Aragon Fat Wrecked for 25 Years tour08/18/15 Minneapolis, MN at Myth Live Fat Wrecked for 25 Years tour08/20/15 Denver, CO at The Fillmore Fat Wrecked for 25 Years tour08/22/15 San Francisco, CA at TBA Fat Wrecked for 25 Years tour08/23/15 San Francisco, CA at Thee Parkside Outdoors Fat Wrecked for 25 Years tour08/24/15 Los Angeles, CA at Hollywood Palladium Fat Wrecked for 25 Years tour 

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Axis join Good Fight

Labels Axis join Good Fight

Posted July 3, 2015, 10:30 a.m.

Florida's Axis has signed with Good Fight Music for the release of their debut on Sept. 4. The DIY hardcore band's debut will be titled Show Your Greed ...

Axis hits the road this summer with Old Wounds and Of Feather and Bone.
Jul 30 - Birmingham, AL @ The Firehouse ∆Jul 31 - Jackson, MS @ Big Sleepy's ∆Aug 1 - Baton Rouge, LA @ The Dojo ∆Aug 2 - Houston, TX @ Walter's ∆Aug 3 - Laredo, TX @ The Dugout ∆Aug 4 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger ∆Aug 5 - Tucson, AZ @ Gary's Place ∆Aug 6 - Phoenix, AZ @ 51 West ∆Aug 7 - Las Vegas, NV @ Eastside Joe's ∆Aug 8 - Wildomar, CA @ Dad's Den (early) ∆Aug 8 - Pomona, CA @ PBW (late) ∆Aug 9 - Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman St ∆Aug 10 - Reno, NV @ Fort Ryland ∆Aug 11 - Eugene, OR @ The Boreal ∆Aug 12 - Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge ∆Aug 13 - Olympia, WA @ Le Voyeur ∆Aug 14 - Boise, ID @ The Crux ∆Aug 15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Bridge ∆Aug 16 - Denver, CO @ 7th Circle ∆ #Aug 17 - Kansas City, MO @ The Loft ∆ #Aug 18 - Cedar Falls, IA @ The Black Hole ∆ #Aug 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Poser Compound ∆ #Aug 20 - Milwaukee, WI @ Borg Ward ∆ #Aug 21 - Chicago, IL @ Live Wire ∆ #Aug 22 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Elks Lodge ∆ #Aug 23 - Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry ∆ #Aug 24 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project #Aug 25 - Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City #Aug 26 - New Britain, CT @ Pulaski Club #Aug 27 - Chicopee, MA @ CCC #Aug 28 - Providence, RI @ The Funky Jungle #Aug 29 - New York, NY @ ABC No Rio (early) #Aug 29 - Warren, NJ @ Warren Legion Hall #Aug 30 - Sayville, NY @ Soul Sounds #Aug 31 - Wilmington, DE @ School of Rock #Sep 1 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space #Sep 3 - Greensboro, NC @ Empire Books #
∆ = w/ Old Wounds# = w/ Of Feather and Bone

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Foxfires full-length in fall

Records Foxfires full-length in fall

Posted July 3, 2015, 9:06 a.m.

Foxfires have finished recording their debut LP and will release it on 12" and digitally this October via Escapist Records. The album, Pinetum, will be their first full-length and follows ...

IIVII makes debut

Bands IIVII makes debut

Posted July 3, 2015, 8:59 a.m.

On Sept. 4, Josh Graham (Red Sparowes, Battle of Mice, A Storm of Light) will release a new solo effort titled IIVII. WIth an ambient/sci-fi bent, the new album ...

Colony Track listing:1. Signals From Home2. Colliding Horizons3. Transmissions Illumine I4. Transmissions Illumine II5. Black Galaxy6. On The Shores Of Markarian 3357. Shaping Itself From Dust

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Shonen Knife, CJ Ramone @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Posted June 14, 2015, 6:28 p.m. by Loren

Shonen Knife, CJ Ramone, L’Assassins Amsterdam Bar & Hall St. Paul, MN June 10, 2015   Amsterdam is a venue that’s not new by any means, but still feels to ...

Swami John & The Blind Shake @ Turf Club

Posted March 2, 2015, 12:48 p.m. by Loren

Bombay Sweets, Pink Mink, Swami John & The Blind Shake Turf Club St. Paul, MN February 19, 2015   No review, see photo gallery below.

Gaslight Anthem & Against Me! @ First Avenue

Posted Oct. 22, 2014, 5:50 p.m. by Loren

The Gaslight Anthem, Against Me!, Cory Brannan First Avenue Minneapolis, MN October 15, 2014 It had been many a year since I’d seen Against Me! and I hadn’t seen Gaslight ...

Pixes @ State Theatre

Posted Oct. 14, 2014, 6:02 p.m. by Loren

The Pixies, Royal Blood State Theatre Minneapolis, MN October 11, 2014   There’s a lot that can be said about The Pixies and their 2014 tour—well, about any tour of ...

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