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Loren's last content update – June 29, 2016, 4:15 p.m.

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Loren's most recent reviews
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 ...

Shadow in the Cracks - Shadow in the Cracks album cover

Shadow in the Cracks

Shadow in the Cracks, 2015

7.3 / 10

What does it mean when a three-piece band has a spin-off two-piece? While the premonition is that drama is afoot for member number three, that’s probably overthinking it. At least ...

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Bad Cop/Bad Cop

One Question Interviews Bad Cop/Bad Cop

Posted April 27, 2016, 11:51 p.m.

Stacey Dee (Bad Cop/Bad Cop) SPB: How did you hook up with Fat? Dee: I was playing pool with Fat Mike after a Loved Ones show that my old ...

The Blind Pets

One Question Interviews The Blind Pets

Posted April 27, 2016, 11:49 p.m.

Joshua Loggan (The Blind Pets – guitar/vocals) SPB: What do you like to do on a tour off-day? Loggan: Anything outdoors! I absolutely love to swim or see something new ...


One Question Interviews Moonraker

Posted April 27, 2016, 11:48 p.m.

Nick Sucks (Moonraker – bass/vocals) SPB: Basements or bars? Both. They both have their appeals and drawbacks. Basements are normally DIY and all ages, essentially a subterranean house show. Since ...


One Question Interviews Phobia

Posted April 27, 2016, 11:44 p.m.

Shane Mclachlan (Phobia) SPB: What is the most thankless job in the music industry? Mclachlan: Well, as for me being a vocalist, I'm the guy everybody wants to talk ...

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SPB exclusive: Andre Williams' I Wanna Go Back to Detroit City

Records SPB exclusive: Andre Williams' I Wanna Go Back to Detroit City

Out on June 3, Scene Point Blank is featuring I Wanna Go Back to Detroit City from the 79 years young Andre Williams this month, released courtesy of Bloodshot Records ...

photo by Bohdan Cap

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AJJ and The Bible 2

Records AJJ and The Bible 2

Posted June 29, 2016, 4:15 p.m.

Phoenix, AZ band AJJ, formerly Andrew Jackson Jihad, have announced the release date of The Bible 2, their first album under the new abbreviated moniker. The band kicks off a ...

Thurs Aug 18 - Phoenix, AZ - Rebel LoungeFri Aug 19 - Phoenix, AZ - Rebel LoungeSat Aug 20 - Tucscon, AZ - 191 TooleSun Aug 21 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram BallroomMon Aug 22 - Anaheim, CA - Chain ReactionTues Aug 23 - Camarillo, CA - Rock City StudiosWeds Aug 24 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Grange Hall
All shows with support from John Congleton & The Nighty Nites and ROAR.

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Signals Midwest release new song

MP3s Signals Midwest release new song

Posted June 29, 2016, 10:31 a.m.

With the new At This Age set for release on Sept. 2 (Tiny Engines), Signals Midwest have released a new teaser track from the upcoming album. Titled "West Side Summer ...

Upcoming Shows
JUN 29 - Pittsburgh, PA @ MurderroomJUN 30 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Pharmacy w/ TimesharesJUL 01 - Brooklyn, NY @ Suburbia w/ Katie Ellen, BroadcasterJUL 02 - Boston, MA @ O'BriensJUL 03 - Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
JUL 16 - Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class w/ Pup
JUL 30 - Cleveland, OH @ Musica w/ Timeshares & Worship This
AUG 05 - Kalamazoo, MI @ Fat Guy Fest
SEP 10 - Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch w/ Bear Vs. SharkSEP 14 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's w/ Violent Soho, Meat Wave
OCT 26-27 - Ybor City, FL @ Big Pre-Fest In Little YborOCT 28-30 - Gainesville, FL @ The Fest

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Red Scare new signees

Labels Red Scare new signees

Posted June 29, 2016, 9:07 a.m.

Red Scare Industries has announced three new bands on their roster: Arms Aloft, Good Friend, and MakeWar. No release dates are set, but the label suggests new material from at ...

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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 ...

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:

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