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Loren's last content update – Aug. 18, 2014, 8:45 p.m.

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Astpai - Burden Calls album cover


Burden Calls, 2014

7.5 / 10

I’m not sure what this says about me, but I like Astpai’s Burden Calls just fine but it takes until they pull a sample from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the original) to hit that ...

The Sands - Hotel & Casino album cover

The Sands

Hotel & Casino, 2014

7.1 / 10

Say what you will about the old “don’t judge a book by its cover” metaphor, but it’s got some credence in the music world too. The Sands’ Hotel & Casino is a ...

Low Forms - Low Forms EP album cover

Low Forms

Low Forms EP, 2014

7.2 / 10
200 Words Or Less

Low Forms self-titled 7” is a six minute blast of power-pop defined by clean guitars, rhythmic chops, and traditional format rock ’n’ roll. While it’s not reinventing anything, it’s a ...

Versus You - Moving On album cover

Versus You

Moving On, 2014

5.8 / 10

Despite a confrontational name, Versus You are every bit positive punx with songs praising friendship, relationships, and the like. It’s not that they play bubbly music countered with cynical lyrics, ...

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Shonen Knife

One Question Interviews Shonen Knife

Posted Aug. 15, 2014, 2:02 a.m.

Naoko (Shonen Knife) SPB: What is your favorite Ramones song? Naoko: It’s impossible to choose one song. I like all Ramones songs.

Cloud Rat

One Question Interviews Cloud Rat

Posted Aug. 15, 2014, 2:01 a.m.

Rorik (Cloud Rat) SPB: What characteristics make a good host when you crash on a stranger’s floor? Rorik: Hmmmmmm.... Well, that depends on my mood and how many gigs ...


One Question Interviews Noisem

Posted Aug. 15, 2014, 1:59 a.m.

Noisem SPB: Who is your favorite band to see live? Harley Phillips: Ilsa never fails to impress me, They're of those bands that, if I could, I would go ...

Jason Lupeituu

One Question Interviews Jason Lupeituu

Posted Aug. 15, 2014, 1:58 a.m.

Jason Lupeituu (Sound engineer, vibe tech, aspiring cook) SPB: What is the hardest part about a life on the road? What is the best part? Lupeituu: The hardest part of ...

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Premiere: The Tim Version bonus EP

MP3s Premiere: The Tim Version bonus EP

Scene Point Blank is excited to premiere the bonus companion EP for The Tim Version’s upcoming Ordinary Life full-length. The 7”, streaming below, is available with pre-orders from No ...

Ordinary Life is scheduled to release next month. The Tim Version last released Decline of the Southern Gentleman in 2008.
LP Track Listing:1. For the Birds2. Hello, Waterface3. A Dream About Dean's Dream4. Holidays and Birfdays5. Funny Movies6. The Future of Humanity is Dogs7. Plague Dogs8. Men of Compromise9. Red Wine Party10. The Yuckface Symbol11. Die in Yer Sleep12. Fish Oar Die
7" Track Listing:1. Trust Fund Economics2. Horse Sense3. Mentally Ill

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SPB exclusive stream: Straight Arrows

Records SPB exclusive stream: Straight Arrows

SPB is proud to present the latest album from Straight Arrows, Rising, set for a US release on Aug. 12 on Hozac Records. The fuzzed out garage-punk band's last ...


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Records Scott Walker and Sunn 0))) collaboration

Posted Aug. 18, 2014, 8:03 a.m.

Sunn O))) and Scott Walker will be working together on a new full-length, Souse. The record is 5 songs and 5 minutes and will be released later this year.

TRACK LISTING:1. Brando2. Herod 20143. Bull4. Fetish5. Lullaby

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Locrian finishes recording

Bands Locrian finishes recording

Posted Aug. 17, 2014, 8:51 p.m.

Locrian has finished recording a new album that is scheduled to hit stores in 2015. The record was produced by Greg Norman at Electrical Audio in Chicago and will be ...

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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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I started writing for the site in early 2008. I also work for a publishing company and do freelance writing on the side. I occasionally use the twitter here:

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