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The Dwarves - Invented Rock & Roll album cover

The Dwarves

Invented Rock & Roll, 2014

7.9 / 10

I won’t say anything as hyperbolic as that the Dwarves invented rock ‘n’ roll, but I’ll still give them another borderline statement that fits on a press sheet: the 2014 ...

Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again album cover

Joyce Manor

Never Hungover Again, 2014

7.0 / 10

This one took a while to stand out, which I didn’t expect given the accolades Joyce Manor has been ringing up with their three releases. Never Hungover Again is my ...

Ex Friends - Rules for Making Up Words album cover

Ex Friends

Rules for Making Up Words, 2014

7.1 / 10

Ex Friends are a group of Philly area punks, recognized from their work in other bands. The band features Joel Tannenbaum (Plow United), JP Flexner (flyer artist), Audrey Crash, and ...

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 ...

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Chris Brokaw

One Question Interviews Chris Brokaw

Posted Sept. 18, 2014, 1:35 p.m.

Chris Brokaw (solo, Wreckmeister Harmonies, The New Year, The Empty House Collective, ex-Codeine) SPB: Rank these listening formats: cd, vinyl, cassette, digital, (other?) Brokaw: 1) Vinyl. For so many reasons ...

Vapour Night

One Question Interviews Vapour Night

Posted Sept. 18, 2014, 1:20 p.m.

Ali (Vapour Night) SPB: What’s the last “grower” record you heard that didn’t impress on first listen but has, since, grown on you? Ali: Burials by AFI. I ...


One Question Interviews Radon

Posted Sept. 11, 2014, 11:46 p.m.

Bill Clower (Radon, drums) SPB: How did your set at Fest 12 come about? Any surprises in store for #13? Clower: That's 2 questions. Tate, the owner of The ...

Where My Bones Rest Easy

One Question Interviews Where My Bones Rest Easy

Posted Sept. 11, 2014, 11:44 p.m.

Anthony Manella (Where My Bones Rest Easy) SPB: What’s your favorite book? Manella: I'd have to say the book that has stuck with me and held a lot ...

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SPB exclusive stream: Pord

Records SPB exclusive stream: Pord

Scene Point Blank is excited to host a new stream this month, Wild from Pord, which releases on Sept. 8. The record is the French band's second full-length and ...

Pord has a European tour scheduled later this month.
12.09.14 : Montpellier (fr) @ Black Sheep13.09.14 : Onet Le Chateau (fr) @ Le Studio14.09.14 : Marseille (fr) @ La Machine à Coudre20.09.14 : Bologna (it) @ Freakout21.09.14 : Lodi (it) @ Parco Belgiardino23.09.14 : Dijon (fr) @ Deep Inside24.09.14 : Lille (fr) @ CCL25.09.14 : Bruxelles (be) @ London Calling26.09.14 : Neuchatel (ch) @ La Case A Choc27.09.14 : Bern (ch) @ La Caffette28.09.14 : Vesoul (fr) @ Le Cafe Francais29.09.14 : Paris (fr) @ Point FMR w/ Hammerhead30.09.14 : Le Havre (fr) @ Mac Daid's w/ Hammerhead01.10.14 : Nevers (fr) @ Socquette02.10.14 : Nommay (fr) @ Pinky Bar03.10.14 : Reims (fr) @ MDQ Turenne04.10.14 : Rennes (fr) @ Le Jardin Moderne06.10.14 : Orleans (fr) @ Le 10807.10.14 : Poitiers (fr) @ Le Zinc08.10.14 : Toulouse (fr) @ Pavillons Sauvage09.10.14 : Nimes (fr) @ Akoustic Cafe11.10.14 : Lyon (fr) @ Les Capucins31.10.14 : Clermont-Fd (fr) @ La Coope w/ Greys01.11.14 : Gerardmer (fr) @ MCL

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Records Run the Jewels 2

Posted Sept. 20, 2014, 12:51 p.m.

Hip-hop duo Killer Mike and El-P have announced Run the Jewels 2., a follow-up to last year's collaborative debut from the scene veterans. The new album will be available ...

New Inter Arma EP

Bands New Inter Arma EP

Posted Sept. 20, 2014, 12:44 p.m.

Inter Arma will release a new EP, The Cavern, on Oct. 14. The 40 minute short player is just one song long and was originally written in 2009. The band ...

New Courtesy Drop

Records New Courtesy Drop

Posted Sept. 20, 2014, 9:24 a.m.

Courtesy Drop is set to release a new 12" titled Stabilize on Oct. 28. The EP features an A-side containing 5 new songs and a B-side with the previously digital ...

Stabilize - Track Listing
1. The Eighth Gate
2. Orion
3. Space and Interaction
4. Beauty is in the Eyes of the Imperfect
5. Pegasus
6. The Quack Doctor's Sakura Blossoms Part I: The Monster And The Thief
7. The Quack Doctor's Sakura Blossoms Part II: A Symbol Of Conviction That Defies The Impossible: The Skull And Crossbones
8. The Quack Doctor's Sakura Blossoms Part III: Amiudake // A Man Dies When He Is Forgotten
9. The Quack Doctor's Sakura Blossoms Part IV: Inherited Will And The Beckoning Sea
10. The Quack Doctor's Sakura Blossoms Part V: Sakura Blossoms Bloom On The Island Of Eternal Winter

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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 ...

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