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Loren's last content update – Oct. 25, 2016, 10:27 p.m.

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Dean Ween Group - The Deaner Record album cover

Dean Ween Group

The Deaner Record, 2016

7.9 / 10

I’ve never met Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo, the two-headed songwriting duo of Ween, but I have my own speculation about who contributes what based on their output in other ...

Various Artists - Dead Bars/The Tim Version - split 7" album cover

Various Artists

Dead Bars/The Tim Version - split 7", 2016

7.5 / 10
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A limited edition split of two not-super-active bands that are Fest staples for this writer, this EP from No Idea Records combines Seattle’s Dead Bars and Tampa’s The Tim Version ...

Low Culture - Places To Hide album cover

Low Culture

Places To Hide, 2016

8.4 / 10

Screens, (2013) was damn near perfect. So what does Low Culture have in store with their second LP? It’s not disappointment, that’s for sure. Places to Hide continues their run ...

The Hussy - The Volar EP album cover

The Hussy

The Volar EP, 2015

8.4 / 10
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The Hussy keeps changing on me. That’s cool, though. Bands are like babies: they grow and change and…eventually abandon you in the old folks’ home. Er, whatever. The point is ...

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Holy White Hounds

One Question Interviews Holy White Hounds

Posted Oct. 25, 2016, 10:27 p.m.

James Manson (Holy White Hounds) SPB: How do you find out about new bands or music that you enjoy? Manson: I think that the first bands that made an impact ...

Drunk Couples

One Question Interviews Drunk Couples

Posted Oct. 13, 2016, 9:01 p.m.

Andrew Barnes (Drunk Couples – drums) SPB: Drunk Couples is a departure in sound from your previous project. Do you find it challenging to separate the different styles or associations that ...

Pkew Pkew Pkew

One Question Interviews Pkew Pkew Pkew

Posted Oct. 6, 2016, 10:11 p.m.

Emmett (Pkew Pkew Pkew – bass/vocals) SPB: Winter touring in Canada: yes or no? Emmett: Definitely tour in the winter in Canada. Sure you have to take it easy on ...

Atoms and Void

One Question Interviews Atoms and Void

Posted Oct. 1, 2016, 10:47 p.m.

Eric Fisher and Arlie Carstons (Atoms and Void) SPB: When collaborating with so many artists, how do you draw the determine when to allow a “guest improv” vs pre-composed music ...

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SPB premiere: "Steel Toe Tap" from Thought Vomit

MP3s SPB premiere: "Steel Toe Tap" from Thought Vomit

Sonoma County thrash punks Thought Vomit are back with another new song from their upcoming Punks Brutal Retaliation/Sync the Skies album, out fully on Oct. 28. The 2:26 ...

The record is available for pre-order today.

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SPB exclusive: Wang Wen's Sweet Home, Go!

Records SPB exclusive: Wang Wen's Sweet Home, Go!

Wang Wen is set to release their ninth studio album and Scene Point Blank is excited to be hosting an exclusive stream of Sweet Home, Go!, officially out on October ...

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Sleep news: The Clarity reissue

MP3s Sleep news: The Clarity reissue

Posted Oct. 24, 2016, 10:11 p.m.

Sleep has announced the upcoming physical release of The Clarity, the band's only released new material since 1998. The song first surfaced as a digital only release via the ...

Paper + Plastick Fest sampler

MP3s Paper + Plastick Fest sampler

Posted Oct. 24, 2016, 8:33 p.m.

In the name of all that is Fest, Paper + Plastick Records has unleashed a 15 song compilation named Road to Fest 15 available for free at their webstore. The compilation ...

1. Blacklist Royals - No Looking Back2. Aspiga- Wide Eyes3. We Are the Union - Call in Dead4. The Slackers - Truth Comes Knocking5. After the Fall- Back and Forth6. The Attack- Four of a Kind7. Nightmares for a Week - Mr. Grimm8. Protagonist - States9. The Bennies - Party Machine10.Textbook - Outside11. A Wilhelm Scream - Skid Rock12. Red City Radio - The Silence Between13. Fallen From The Sky- Drifting14. Coffee Project - Big Trouble in Little Gainesville15. Andrew Paley - Come Home

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Descendents @ First Avenue

Posted Sept. 21, 2016, 9:21 p.m. by Loren

Descendents, Modern Life Is War, Color TV First Avenue Minneapolis, MN September 15, 2016 The only people luckier than those who get to see the Descendents are those who get ...

Fat Wrecked 25 @ The Myth

Posted Sept. 2, 2015, 9:32 p.m. by Loren

NOFX, Lagwagon, Dillinger Four, Strung Out, Swingin' Utters, The Flatliners, Masked Intruder, toyGuitar, Bad Cop/Bad Cop The Myth Maplewood, MN August 28, 2015     No review, see photo gallery ...

Radioactivity @ Triple Rock

Posted July 29, 2015, 8:55 p.m. by Loren

Radioactivity, Birthday Suits, Butcher’s Union Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN July 22, 2015   It’s nice to live in a city where some great out of town bands have ...

Ex Hex, Tweens @ Triple Rock

Posted July 24, 2015, 3:29 p.m. by Loren

Ex Hex, Tweens, Pink Mink Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN July 20, 2015 I go to a lot of shows. Sometimes it’s nice to be surprised, and that’s what ...

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