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Loren's last content update – Nov. 30, 2015, 1:54 a.m.

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Night Birds - Mutiny at Muscle Beach album cover

Night Birds

Mutiny at Muscle Beach, 2015

8.5 / 10

It’s getting tough to find new things to say about Night Birds. They’re as great as ever with third LP Mutiny at Muscle Beach, it’s just that the sound hasn’t ...

The Blind Shake - Fly Right EP album cover

The Blind Shake

Fly Right EP, 2015

7.5 / 10

The Blind Shake have honed their sound over the years, always identifiable yet always moving it forward and with a keen difference between records. It’s pretty impressive considering they write ...

Worriers - Imaginary Life album cover


Imaginary Life, 2015

9.4 / 10

I’ve reviewed a lot of records now from Lauren Denitzio’s bands. First, The Measure [SA], and then Cruel Optimist, her current band’s first release. Over those records the sound hasn’t ...

Bangers - Bird album cover


Bird, 2015

8.7 / 10

Bird is the Bangers record I wanted in 2013. Crazy Fucking Dreams is a good record, it was just a little less direct than I wanted from the band, being ...

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One Question Interviews Moñecho

Posted Nov. 30, 2015, 1:54 a.m.

Matt (Moñecho) SPB: What’s the best movie you’ve seen this year? Matt: Coherence.  No other movie I've seen really communicates an almost paralyzing amount of uncertainty.


One Question Interviews QUOR

Posted Nov. 30, 2015, 1:51 a.m.

Brian Corn (QUOR) SPB: Is there a regional food you look forward to on every tour? Corn: The Pacific Northwest always has fantastic salmon. I particularly like the sashimi versions ...


One Question Interviews Skittish

Posted Nov. 30, 2015, 1:47 a.m.

Jeff Noller (Skittish) SPB: How has the increasing digitalization of the music industry changed how you listen to music? Noller: I feel like I hear a lot less “deep cuts ...

Patti Yang

One Question Interviews Patti Yang

Posted Nov. 30, 2015, 1:40 a.m.

Patti Yang SPB: Do you feel your experiences growing up in Communist Poland have shaped your views on the relationship between politics and art? Yang: Art has always served as ...

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Videos MIA releases Borders video

Posted Nov. 29, 2015, 11:41 a.m.

Indie dance-popper M.I.A. has released a video for the song "Borders," part of a self-led project focusing on the concept of borders. The song will also appear on ...

Danzig releases covers album

Records Danzig releases covers album

Posted Nov. 27, 2015, 10:10 a.m.

Danzig, formerly of Misfits and Samhain, has released a covers record today named Skeletons. Released via Evilive Records and Neclear Blast, the 10-song effort includes a vary of mostly classics ...

Skeletons Track List1. Devil's Angels (from Devil’s Angels soundtrack)2. Satan (from Satan’s Sadists soundtrack) 3. Let Yourself Go (Elvis Presley)4. N.I.B. (Black Sabbath)5. Lord Of The Thighs (Aerosmith)6. Action Woman (The Litter)7. Rough Boy (ZZ Top)8. With a Girl Like You (The Troggs)9. Find Somebody (The Young Rascals)10. Crying In The Rain (The Everly Brothers)

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Records Cult of Luna/The Old Wind offering split EP in January

Posted Nov. 26, 2015, 7:06 p.m.

Cult of Luna and The Old Wind have announced a new split EP. Titled Råångest, it will release on jan. 29 via Pelagic Records on Cd and 12". Check ...

Updates from Think Fast

Labels Updates from Think Fast

Posted Nov. 26, 2015, 11:33 a.m.

Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for tuning in. In a label update, Think Fast Records has two released hitting stores tomorrow, Nov. 27: Turning Point’s 1988-1991 discography, and Sick of ...

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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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