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Loren's last content update – Oct. 20, 2014, 8:03 p.m.

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Shitty Weekend

Shit Week, 2014

8.4 / 10

This thing is all over the map, from freak-out jazz-punk one minute (“Geneva”) to a track of haunting old man ghost noises laid atop a galloping horse, and then band ...

Needles//Pins - Shamebirds album cover


Shamebirds, 2014

7.5 / 10

Needles//Pins are something different in the punk rock realm. Well, that’s not true. They’re entirely familiar and warm, yet they have that pizzazz—that’s what the kids are calling it these ...

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The Complete Truth About De-Evolution, 2014

8.0 / 10
Video/DVD Review

I’ve long felt there are fewer lesser art forms than the music video. It turns out I was wrong—or, at least pre-1990 it was another game. The Complete Truth About ...

Steve Adamyk Band - Dial Tone album cover

Steve Adamyk Band

Dial Tone, 2014

8.0 / 10

This is Dirtnap Records.Not to pigeonhole anybody, but man does Steve Adamyk Band hit on that pop structure, garage chaos element that defines the label.Dial Tone is the fourth full-length ...

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One Question Interviews Vegas

Posted Oct. 11, 2014, 12:48 a.m.

T (Vegas) SPB: How do you vary your songwriting approach between your different projects? T: Most of the songs I've written blast through wounds and articulate a sense of ...


One Question Interviews Dethklok

Posted Oct. 11, 2014, 12:33 a.m.

Brendon Small (Metalocalypse/Dethklok) SPB: Who has the best “metal voice” of all time? Small: Nathan Explosion- He's not a metal singer but he happens to have a very ...

Animal Style Records

One Question Interviews Animal Style Records

Posted Oct. 3, 2014, 1:20 a.m.

Matt (Animal Style Records) SPB: What was the first punk show you attended? Matt: Does this count? Mayfest in ‘98 at the University of Redlands: Blink 182, The Aquabats, Home ...

Pure Grain Audio

One Question Interviews Pure Grain Audio

Posted Oct. 3, 2014, 1:18 a.m.

Chris ( SPB: Who is a band that’s taking seemingly forever to release their next album? Chris: This is a cheeky response, but I’d have to go ...

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SPB exclusive stream: Disastroid

Records SPB exclusive stream: Disastroid

Scene Point Blank is pleased to be hosting the latest from the Bay Area trio Distastroid, Missiles. The record was released last month and can be purchased here. The 8 ...

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Old Point Light's cancer benefit

Music News Old Point Light's cancer benefit

Posted Oct. 19, 2014, 8:28 p.m.

Old Point Light, a production company founded by ex-Small Brown Bike member Travis Dopp, has announced a three volume digital compilation series to raise funds for The American Cancer Society ...

Fourward: Volume 1 Track List:
1. Seeds of Man (Billy Bungeroth)
2. Drowning Victim (Travis John)
3. Painted (DFENDR)
4. New Telepathy (Biddy Biddy Biddy)
5. Work (Young Brother)
6. Beth / Rest (Samantha Hershock)
7. Four Forty One [Acoustic] (Drake Dopp)
8. Admit You Exist (Tyler Mitchell Blakslee)
9. Woe Is Us (Chingada)
10. Sound of Joy [Live] (Leave Let Be)

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Raw Blow releasing Slow Choke EP

Records Raw Blow releasing Slow Choke EP

Posted Oct. 19, 2014, 6:51 p.m.

Boston's Raw Blow have announced a new EP, Slow Choke. The band has been together for over a decade and features members of Now Denial, Furnace, Bravo Fucking Bravo ...

Slow Choke Track List:
1. Slow Choke
2. Buzzards
3. Most Days
4. All Kinds of Garbage
5. Don't Try

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Thee Oh Sees' fall tour

Tours Thee Oh Sees' fall tour

Posted Oct. 19, 2014, 4:07 p.m.

The Oh Sees will be on tour in the US this fall, starting on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas. The band released Drop this April. Check out the dates, as ...

Fall Tour
11.05 Las Vegas, NV- The Beauty Bar
11.07 Denver, CO- Gothic Theater
11.08 Kansas City, MO- The Riot Room
11.09 Denton, TX- Haileys
11.11 Austin, TX- Hotel Vegas
11.12 New Orleans, LA- One Eyed Jacks
11.13 Birmingham, AL- The Bottletree
11.14 Memphis, TN- The Hi Tone
11.15 Nashville, TN- The Exit Inn
11.16 Raleigh, NC- Kings
11.17 Philadelphia, PA- Underground Arts
11.18 New York, NY- Bowery Ballroom
11.21 Brooklyn, NY- Warsaw
11.22 Montreal, QC- The National
11.23 Toronto, ON- The Hoxton
11.24 Detroit, MI- Lager House
11.25 Chicago, IL- Empty Bottle
11.26 Chicago, IL- Empty Bottle
11.28 Minneapolis, MN- The Amsterdam
12.01 Seattle, WA- The Crocodile
12.02 Portland, OR- Doug Fir (Early Show All Ages)
12.02 Portland, OR- Doug Fir (Late Show 21+)
12.04 San Francisco, CA- The Chapel
12.05 San Francisco, CA- The Chapel
Track listing:
01. Penetrating Eye
02. Encrypted Bounce
03. Savage Victory
04. Put Some Reverb On My Brother
05. Drop
06. Camera (Queer Sound)
07. King's Noise
08. Transparent World
09. The Lens

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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 ...

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 ...

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