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The Falcon - Gather Up the Chaps album cover

The Falcon

Gather Up the Chaps, 2016

9.0 / 10

The Falcon are a curious band: a collection of rogue Chicagoans (now with Dave Hause as well), lead vocalist Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms) seems to get the most attention ...

Various Artists - Crab Legs/Not Half Bad - Dorks/Nerds album cover

Various Artists

Crab Legs/Not Half Bad - Dorks/Nerds, 2015

8.0 / 10

Spanning the country’s geography north and south, this split from Fargo, ND’s Crab Legs and Fort Worth, TX’s Not Half Bad is a snippet of the varied sounds of the ...

Various Artists - Radon/Worthwhile Way - split 7" album cover

Various Artists

Radon/Worthwhile Way - split 7", 2015

7.3 / 10
200 Words Or Less

Radon has never really done a lot for me. The melodies are nice but it really never strikes a chord one way or the other. In “Headaches and Bullshit,” it’s ...

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Shadow in the Cracks

Shadow in the Cracks, 2015

7.3 / 10

What does it mean when a three-piece band has a spin-off two-piece? While the premonition is that drama is afoot for member number three, that’s probably overthinking it. At least ...

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Bad Cop/Bad Cop

One Question Interviews Bad Cop/Bad Cop

Posted April 27, 2016, 11:51 p.m.

Stacey Dee (Bad Cop/Bad Cop) SPB: How did you hook up with Fat? Dee: I was playing pool with Fat Mike after a Loved Ones show that my old ...

The Blind Pets

One Question Interviews The Blind Pets

Posted April 27, 2016, 11:49 p.m.

Joshua Loggan (The Blind Pets – guitar/vocals) SPB: What do you like to do on a tour off-day? Loggan: Anything outdoors! I absolutely love to swim or see something new ...


One Question Interviews Moonraker

Posted April 27, 2016, 11:48 p.m.

Nick Sucks (Moonraker – bass/vocals) SPB: Basements or bars? Both. They both have their appeals and drawbacks. Basements are normally DIY and all ages, essentially a subterranean house show. Since ...


One Question Interviews Phobia

Posted April 27, 2016, 11:44 p.m.

Shane Mclachlan (Phobia) SPB: What is the most thankless job in the music industry? Mclachlan: Well, as for me being a vocalist, I'm the guy everybody wants to talk ...

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SPB exclusive: Dusteaters' Transhumanism

Records SPB exclusive: Dusteaters' Transhumanism

Scene Point Blank's featured July stream is an EP from Dusteaters, Transhumanism. Released on cassette on June 13 (Hip Kid Records), the Tokyo-based band play spacey garage rock with ...

Hip Kid Records is planning new LPs from Angry Gods and Cracked Vessel to come.
The record can be purchased here.
Photo by Jim Gies

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Mannequin Pussy gets Romantic

Records Mannequin Pussy gets Romantic

Posted July 25, 2016, 2:32 p.m.

Philadelphia's Mannequin Pussy will release a new album on Oct. 28, Romantic. Out on Tiny Engines, it's the band's second full-length and a follow-up to 2014's ...

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JUL 25 - Gainesville, FL @ The Nest
JUL 27 - Orlando, FL @ SpacebarJUL 28 - Saint Petersburg, FL @ The BendsJUL 29 - Miami, FL @ Greg Knows WhereJUL 30 - Saint Augustine, FL @ Shanghai Nobby’sJUL 31 - Atlanta, GA @ The Sewing RoomAUG 01 - Nashville, TN @ Third Man RecordsAUG 02 - Charlotte, NC @ Lunchbox RecordsAUG 03 - Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong
Romantic - Track Listing
1. Kiss
2. Romantic3. Ten4. Emotional High5. Pledge6. Denial7. Everything8. Anything9. Meatslave One10. Hey, Steven11. Beside Yourself

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NOFX news, NOFX album

Bands NOFX news, NOFX album

Posted July 23, 2016, 4:08 p.m.

San Fran punks NOFX are back with a new almub titled First Ditch Effort on Oct. 7, with a European tour booked and a few straggling US dates afterward. The ...

Tour Dates:08/06/16 Hamburg, Germany at Grosse Freiheit 3608/07/16 Hünxe , Germany at Ruhrpott Rodeo08/08/16 Nuremberg , Germany at Hirsch08/10/16 Tolmin, Slovenia at Punk Rock Holiday Punk Rock Holiday08/11/16 Riga , Latvia at Kubana Festival08/12/16 Moscow , Russia at Yota Space08/14/16 Igea Marina , Italy at Bay Fest08/15/16 Lindau , Germany at Club Vaudeville08/16/16 Saarbrucken, Germany at Garage08/18/16 Amsterdam, Netherlands at Melkweg08/19/16 Hasselt , Belgium at Pukkelpop08/20/16 Grossposna, Germany at Highfield Festival Highfield Festival08/23/16 Wiesen, Germany at Ottakringer Arena And There Come The Wolves08/24/16 Prague, Czech Republic at Good Sounds08/25/16 Straszecin , Poland at Czad Festival Czad Festival08/27/16 Chiemsee, Germany at Chiemsee Summer Fest09/02/16 Denver, CO at National Western Complex Riot Fest09/16/16 Chicago, IL at Douglas Park Riot Fest09/24/16 Pozo, CA at Picnic In Pozo w/ Descendents, Youth Brigade, Swingin' Utters09/30/16 Sterling Heights, MI at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre 89X Chill On The Hill03/10/17 Miami, FL at On A Cruise Ship Flogging Molly's Salty Dog CruiseFirst Ditch Effort track listing:01. Six Years on Dope02. Happy Father’s Day03. Sid and Nancy04. California Drought05. Oxy Moronic06. I Don’t Like Me Anymore07. I’m A Transvest-lite08. Ditch Effort09. Dead Beat Mom10. Bye Bye Biopsy Girl11. It Ain’t Lonely at the Bottom12. I’m So Sorry Tony13. Generation Z

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Shonen Knife's 35th Anniversary Tour

Bands Shonen Knife's 35th Anniversary Tour

Posted July 21, 2016, 7:52 p.m.

Shonen Knife are returning for another US tour, this time celebrating their 35th anniversary as a band as well as their Adventure album )Good Charamel Records). The tour kicks off ...

Shonen Knife Live Dates                     Date               City, State                 City                     10/04              San Diego, CA           The Casbah                     10/05              Los Angeles, CA        The Bootleg Theater                     10/06              San Francisco, CA     DNA Lounge                     10/07              San Jose, CA            The Ritz                     10/08              Portland, OR              Dante’s                     10/09              Seattle, WA               Tractor Tavern                     10/11              Missoula, MT             Monk’s                     10/12              Billings, MT               Pub Station                     10/13              Denver, CO               Marquis Theater                     10/15              Kansas City, MO       The Record Bar                     10/16              St. Louis, MO            The Firebird                     10/17              Chicago, IL                Livewire Lounge                     10/18              Chicago, IL                Livewire Lounge                     10/19              St Paul, MN               The Turf Club                     10/21              Columbus, OH           The Ace of Cups                     10/22              Indianapolis, IN          Radio Radio                     10/25              Charlotte, NC             Snug Harbor                     10/26              Durham, NC               The Pinhook                     10/27              Richmond, VA            Strange Matter                     10/28              Baltimore, MD            Ottobar                     10/29              Philadelphia, PA         MilkBoy                     10/31              New York, NY             The Knitting Factory                     11/01              Albany, NY                 The Low Beat                     11/03              Pittsburgh, PA            Cattivo                     11/04              Buffalo, NY                Mohawk Place                     11/05              Ithaca, NY                 The Haunt                     11/06              Rochester, NY            The Bug Jar                     11/09              Boston, MA                The Middle East                     11/10              Long Branch, NJ         The Brighton Bar

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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 ...

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 ...

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