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Loren's last content update – Feb. 27, 2015, 2:06 p.m.

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Gang Of Four

What Happens Next, 2015

6.5 / 10

I haven’t listened to Gang of Four in a long time, and I tend to stick to the classic Entertainment!, released in 1979, when I do. That’s not to talk ...

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Sergio Mendes

Magic, 2014

6.0 / 10

Sergio Mendes is a Brazilian legend. His name might not be a big draw here at Scene Point Blank, where the focus is on punk, hardcore, and metal, but—hey—we gotta ...

Treasure Fleet - The Sun Machine album cover

Treasure Fleet

The Sun Machine, 2015

7.5 / 10

You can’t have your middle finger in the air all the time. As such, Isaac Thotz (The Arrivals) has stepped away from his punk-leaning project to explore spacey 1960’s inspired ...

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The Blind Shake

Breakfast of Failures, 2014

8.5 / 10

The Blind Shake have been consistently banging out juicy, syncopatic jams for the better part of a decade now. Breakfast of Failures is their fifth full-length and, with it, continues ...

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30,000 Monkies

One Question Interviews 30,000 Monkies

Posted Feb. 17, 2015, 12:39 p.m.

Ruben (30,000 Monkies – vocals/guitar) SPB: What is the worst reunion concert you ever saw?  Ruben: I've never really seen a bad reunion concert actually, but there is ...


One Question Interviews Astpai

Posted Feb. 17, 2015, 12:37 p.m.

Zock (Astpai – vocals) SPB: What is the furthest you’ve ever traveled to see a show (and who was it/where was it)? Astpai: In May 1999, I woke up ...

La Armada

One Question Interviews La Armada

Posted Feb. 7, 2015, 12:31 a.m.

Paul Rivera (La Armada – guitar) SPB: What is the secret to a successful tour? This question is more complex than it seems. I think the answer varies a lot depending ...

The Blind Shake

One Question Interviews The Blind Shake

Posted Feb. 7, 2015, 12:27 a.m.

Mike Blaha (The Blind Shake) SPB: You have now released records on a lot of labels. What do you enjoy about changing affiliation with each release? Blaha: I think the ...

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Go Deep sign to 6131 Records

Labels Go Deep sign to 6131 Records

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 2:06 p.m.

Brooklyn Punks Go Deep have inked with 6131 Records and will release a new full-length this summer. SPB streamed their debut EP, Counseling, in 2013 (Mayfly Records).

Tour Dates: 03/08 Brooklyn, NY @ The Grand Victory03/11 Greensboro, NC @ Green Bean *03/12 Asheville, NC @ The Odditorium *03/13 Murfreesboro, TN @ Frankie Avalon Place *03/14 Memphis, TN @ TBA *03/15 Tulsa, OK @ The Fur Shop *03/16 Fort Worth, TX @ 1919 Hemphill *03/18 Abilene, TX @ Primal Skateshop03/19 Austin, TX @ Sweetwater03/23 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar03/24 Evansville, IN @ PG03/25 Pittsburgh, PA @ Roboto Project
* w/ Teen Death

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Bands Katatonia Blu-ray plus

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 11:05 a.m.

On March 31 Katatonia is set to release the live 4-format Sanctitude on Blue-ray, cd+DVD, and 2LP format recorded at Union Chapel in London. See below for track listing ...

DISC 1: 
1. In The White
2. Ambitions
3. Teargas
4. Gone
5. A Darkness Coming
6. One Year From Now
7. The Racing Heart
8. Tonight`s Music
9. Sleeper
10. Undo You
11. Lethean
12. Day
13. Idle Blood
14. Unfurl
15. Omerta
16. Evidence
17. The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here
Concert Film (80 mins)
Documentary - Beyond The Chapel (66 mins)

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Boris are headed to Australia

Tours Boris are headed to Australia

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 7:32 p.m.

Japan's Boris will be touring Australia in late May. The prominent noise bandhas released 19 records in 19 years, including Noise in 2014. Check out the dates below.

Boris “Live Noise Alive" Australian Tour 2015
Brisbane - Crowbar - Wed 27 May
Sydney - Newtown Social - Friday 29 May
Melbourne - Corner Hotel - Saturday 30 May
Adelaide - Fowler’s Live - Sunday 31 May (all ages and licensed)
Perth - Rosemount Hotel - Monday 1 June

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Civil War Rust cover Cock Sparrer and Rancid

MP3s Civil War Rust cover Cock Sparrer and Rancid

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 1:33 p.m.

Oakland, CA's Civil War Rust, who last released The Fun & The Lonely in 2012, have released a free digital covers EP containing Cock Sparrer and Rancid covers. The band ...

Upcoming Shows:May 2 - Pomona, CA @ VLHS w/ French Exit, Bastards of Young, Dudes NightMay 3 - San Diego, CA @ Til-Two Club (La Escalera Party w/ Payoff, Western Settings, Bastars of Young, Gentlemen Prefer Blood, DFMK, Caskitt, Vena Cava, Breaker Breaker One Niner, Black Dots)

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Gaslight Anthem & Against Me! @ First Avenue

Posted Oct. 22, 2014, 5:50 p.m. by Loren

The Gaslight Anthem, Against Me!, Cory Brannan First Avenue Minneapolis, MN October 15, 2014 It had been many a year since I’d seen Against Me! and I hadn’t seen Gaslight ...

Pixes @ State Theatre

Posted Oct. 14, 2014, 6:02 p.m. by Loren

The Pixies, Royal Blood State Theatre Minneapolis, MN October 11, 2014   There’s a lot that can be said about The Pixies and their 2014 tour—well, about any tour of ...

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 ...

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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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