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Loren's last content update – Aug. 31, 2016, 9:37 p.m.

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Crybaby - Drag Me Under album cover


Drag Me Under, 2016

7.7 / 10

Crybaby are one of those punk bands where you could fill a review with subgenre tags and namedrops and every review would pick a different one to highlight. There’s a ...

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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Two Houses

One Question Interviews Two Houses

Posted Aug. 24, 2016, 11:33 a.m.

Mike (Two Houses) SPB: Do you have any vinyl that your own strictly for collector’s purposes but never listen to? Mike: No one in the band does. Norman Marston ...


One Question Interviews Nonpareil

Posted Aug. 15, 2016, 3:18 p.m.

Jef Wright (Nonpareil) SPB: What venue is your favorite to play (and why)? Wright: Currently, I'd say that Valley Bar is my favorite venue to play in Phoenix. It ...

Primitive Weapons

One Question Interviews Primitive Weapons

Posted Aug. 13, 2016, 7:27 p.m.

Dave Castillo (Primitive Weapons) SPB: What is the weirdest description you’ve heard others say of your music/ Do you think it’s accurate or do you see where it ...

Slow Code

One Question Interviews Slow Code

Posted Aug. 12, 2016, 6:14 p.m.

Charlie Wagner (Slow Code) SPB: How much space is your home is dedicated to music (instruments or records)? Wagner: While the basement is jam-packed with guitars and amps and odds-and-ends ...

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SPB exclusive: Cortez's "Initial"

Records SPB exclusive: Cortez's "Initial"

Out on September 9 for the first time on vinyl, Scene Point Blank is excited to debut the remastered repressing of Cortez’s Initial. The Swiss hardcore band first burst ...

Initial - 10th Anniversary Edition” (2016)Phoebus (2013)split vinyl 10'' with Plebeian Grandstand (2012)Initial (2005)split vinyl 10" with Ventura (2005) Pressing Info:
limited edition of only 400 black LPs. heavy 380g cover, reverse board print, black inside-print.

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Retox Twit takeover

Site News Retox Twit takeover

Justin Pearson of Retox, Head Wound City, and more, will be guest tweeting from the Scene Point Blank account for the duration of the upcoming Retox tour, from Sunday August ...

Homewrecker plan Good Fight EP

Labels Homewrecker plan Good Fight EP

Posted Aug. 30, 2016, 6:21 p.m.

This fall Ohio's Homewrecker will release a new EP on Good Fight. Titled Extinction by Design, the record was recorded and mixed by Pete Grossman and Andy Nelson at ...

Weekend Nachos, The Afternoon Gentlemen, Homewrecker:Oct 6 - Hamburg, DE @ HafenklangOct 7 - Copenhagen, DK @ Grindcore Family WeekendOct 8 - Berlin, DE @ CassiopeiaOct 9 - Prague, CZ @ Modra VopiceOct 10 - Budapest, HU @ Durer KertOct 11 - Ljubljana, SL @ Orto BarOct 12 - Munchen, DE @ FeierwerkOct 13 - Kassel, DE @ GoldgrubeOct 14 - Eindhoven, NL @ Bloodshed FestOct 15 - London, UK @ Nambucca
Skeletonwitch, Iron Reagan, Oathbreaker, Homewrecker:Oct 19 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot RoomOct 20 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville MewsOct 21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple RockOct 22 - Chicago, IL @ SubterraneanOct 23 - Indianapolis, IN @ 5th QuarterOct 25 - Pittsburgh, PA @ CattivoOct 26 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts Oct 28 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint VitusOct 29 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro GalleryOct 30 - Richmond, VA @ Hardywood Brewery

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Labels Lifesick (Denmark) join Southern Lord

Posted Aug. 28, 2016, 10:34 a.m.

Frederica, Denmark's Lifesick will release a their debut album on Southern Lord Recordings, titled 6 0 1.  Check out their video "In Love with Hate" for a taste.

6 0 1 Track Listing:1. Lifesick2. Swing Away3. Real Men4. Open Casket5. Leshy6. Real Friends Come From Grief7. In Love With Hate8. MindplagueLIFESICK Live:9/02/2016Frederica Rock - Frederica, DK9/03/2016 Kontrast - Herning, DK10/08/2016 Juz St. Peter - Duisberg, DE11/12/2016 Walkabout - Essen, DE

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Loren's most recent blogposts

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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