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Loren's last content update – Sept. 18, 2014, 1:35 p.m.

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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 ...

Radon

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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The Smith Street Band join Sideonedummy

Labels The Smith Street Band join Sideonedummy

Posted Sept. 18, 2014, 7:51 a.m.

Australia's The Smith Street Band have inked with Sideonedummy and will release a new album on the label on Oct. 28 titled Throw Me in the River. It is ...

Thurs Oct 30 – Tampa, FL – Pre-Fest @ Crowbar
Sun Nov 2 – Gainesville, FL – The Fest @ High Dive
Tues Nov 4 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
Weds Nov 5 – Chicago, IL – Township
Thurs Nov 6 – Newport, KY – Southgate House
Fri Nov 7 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose
Sat Nov 8 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Sun Nov 9 – Allston, MA – Great Scott

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Astpai European dates

Tours Astpai European dates

Posted Sept. 18, 2014, 7:40 a.m.

Astpai have announced a European tour in support of their recently released Burden Calls, which will be released in the US on Sept. 23. The Austrian band will be joined ...

Tour Dates: 
Sep 18 - AT - Linz @ Stadtwerkstatt
Sep 19 - DE - Berlin @ Clash
Sep 20 - DK - Copenhagen @ tba
Sep 21 - DE - Kiel @ tba
Sep 22 - DE - Hamburg @ Rote Flora
Sep 23 - DE - Hannover @ Stumpf
Sep 24 - DE - Mainz @ Haus Mainusch
Sep 25 - BE - Leuven @ Rockbar
Sep 26 - LUX - Luxembourg @ Soul Kitchen
Sep 27 - DE - Ulm @ Broken Stage
Sep 28 - NL - Nijmegen @ De Ondebroek
Sep 29 - UK - London @ The Windmill
Sep 30 - UK - Norwich @ The Owl Sanctuary
Oct 01 - UK - Huddersfield @ The Parish
Oct 02 - UK - Gateshead @ The Black Bull
Oct 03 - UK - Newport @ Le Pub
Oct 04 - UK - Plymouth @ The Hub
Oct 05 - UK - Southampton @ WTF Fest
Oct 06 - FR - Paris @ tba
Oct 07 - FR - Montaigne @ Zizor
Oct 08 - ES - Navarra/Pamplona @ tba
Oct 09 - ES - Oviedo @ Calleja La Ciega
Oct 10 - PO - Sao Joao De Madiera @ Oliva Creativa Factory
Oct 11 - PO - Lisbon @ Fantasma Cais Do Sodr?
Oct 12 - ES - Madrid @ Rock Palace
Oct 13 - ES - Barcelona @ Rocksound
Oct 14 - FR - Montpellier @ The Black Out
Oct 15 - IT - Milan @ Honky Tonky
Oct 16 - AT - V?cklabruck @ C'est La Vie
Oct 17 - CZ - Prague @ tba
Oct 18 - AT - Wiener Neustadt @ Triebwerk

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Sundials EP in November

Records Sundials EP in November

Posted Sept. 17, 2014, 10:40 p.m.

On Nov. 6 Sundials, from Richmond, VA, will release a new 6-song EP on Topshelf Records. The EP will be on 10" vinyl and digital formats. The band released Always ...

Track listing:
1.) Dealin'
2.) Splinter
3.) Gained a Grip
4.) Stun Spore
5.) Kick
6.) Eugene

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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 ...

Loren's bio

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: https://twitter.com/lorenmgreen.

Loren's favorite bands

Dillinger Four, Arrivals, Brokedowns, Tim Version, Weakerthans, Broadways, The Blind Shake, Tiltwheel, Fugazi

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http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pirate-Zesto/116564622468

Loren's SPB contributions

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