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Loren's last content update – Oct. 6, 2015, 5:49 p.m.

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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 ...

Tit - Tit album cover


Tit, 2014

7.0 / 10
200 Words Or Less

So I’m a fan of The Hussy. People who read this site have (hopefully) picked up on that. Well, TIT is a two piece with Bobby Hussy and Shawn Foree ...

Radioactivity - Silent Kill album cover


Silent Kill, 2015

8.8 / 10

These guys know how to start off a record, with the rapid fire “Battered” pummeling with riffage for the first minute and then Jeff Burke’s familiar vocals chime in and ...

Boilerman - Boilerman album cover


Boilerman, 2015

8.0 / 10
200 Words Or Less

It took me 8 minutes to listen, so it should 8 minutes to write it too. Or, something. Really that’s just a bad Futurama reference so I can “cleverly” say ...

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White Widows Pact

One Question Interviews White Widows Pact

Posted Oct. 6, 2015, 5:49 p.m.

Dave Castillo (White Widows Pact) SPB: How do you find new music? Castillo: Call me old fashioned but usually I find out about new music through my friends. A lot ...


One Question Interviews Esmerine

Posted Oct. 4, 2015, 4:29 p.m.

Rebecca Foon (Esmerine) SPB: What is your favorite 1960s artist? Foon: Jimi Hendrix. He probably fits under the category of people I would want to meet most as well. I ...

Wonk Unit

One Question Interviews Wonk Unit

Posted Sept. 30, 2015, 12:18 a.m.

Alex (Wonk Unit) SPB: How do you describe the band’s changes from Day One into what it is today, sound-wise? Alex: The biggest change is a total reversal in ...


One Question Interviews Pigs

Posted Sept. 30, 2015, 12:13 a.m.

Dave Curran (Pigs, Unsane) SPB: What’s the first thing you do when you get home after a long tour? Curran: I curl up in fetal position and sleep for ...

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SPB exclusive stream: Khmer/Livstid split

Records SPB exclusive stream: Khmer/Livstid split

This month SPB has teamed up with Halo of Flies (US), Disiplin Media (Norway), and Long Legs Long Arms (Japan) to stream the new split from Khmer and Livstid, 1 ...

Pre-orders are available now from all three labels: Halo of Flies, Disiplin Media, and Long Legs Long Arms.

KHMER east coast / midwest tour dates (all dates with Unihabitable - NC, USA)
November1 Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron2 Philadelphia, PA3 Baltimore, MD @ Side Bar4 Richmond, VA @ The 25 Watt 5 off6 Asheville, NC @The Odditorium 7 Cincinnati, OH8 Chicago @ Rancho Huevos 9 Pittsburgh @ City Grows 10 Albany, NY 11 Manchester, NH12 Providence @ The Funky Jungle13 Boston @ Reptile Room

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Bands New song from The Coathangers

Posted Oct. 6, 2015, 3:10 p.m.

The Coathangers, fresh off a US tour and with more dates scheduled for later this month, have premiered the new song "Watch Your Back," embedded below. The song is one ...

The Coathangers Live Dates:10/24-10/25: Santa Ana, CA - Beach Goth Fest10/28: Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ #10/29: Low Brow Palace - El Paso, TX*10/30: The Sidewinder - Austin, TX #10/31: Foundry - Dallas, TX * (FREE, 8PM)10/31: Pariah Arts - Dallas, TX # (10PM)11/1: Fitzergerald's Downstairs - Houston, TX*11/2: Siberia - New Orleans, LA*11/3: Star Bar - Atlanta, GA
* - w/ The Birth Defects# - w/ Nobunny

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Riverboat Gamblers release a new single

Bands Riverboat Gamblers release a new single

Posted Oct. 1, 2015, 8:36 p.m.

Riverboat Gamblers will release a new two song singe and hit the road this month, including a stopover at Fest 14. The new single features A-side "Time To Let Her ...

Riverboat Gamblers on tour!Oct 07 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress Oct 08 San Diego, CA - The HideoutOct 09 Thousand Oaks, CA - BorderlineOct 10 San Bernardino, CA - It's Not Dead FestOct 11 Las Vegas, NV - Beauty BarOct 12 Tempe, AZ - Yucca Tap RoomOct 13 Albuquerque, NM - Low SpiritsOct 14 San Antonio, TX - KorovaOct 28 New Orleans, LA - Siberia Nola (w/ Broken Gold)Oct 29 Tampa, FL - Tequilas (Inside) (Pre-The Fest w/ Underground Railroad To Candyland, Beach Slang, Meat Wave, The Creeps, Tim Barry, and more)Oct 30 Gainesville, FL - Cowboys (The Fest)Oct 31 Atlantic Beach, FL - Harbor Tavern (w/ Broken Gold) Nov 02 Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall (w/ Lagwagon, Runaway Kids, Pears, Broken Gold)Dec. 11 - Corpus Christi, TX - House of Rock (w/ Broken Gold)Dec. 12th - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds (w/ Broken Gold)

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Radioactivity runs down the West Coast

Tours Radioactivity runs down the West Coast

Posted Oct. 1, 2015, 3:33 p.m.

Dirtnap Records' band Radioactivity have hit the road for a West Coast juany in support of this year's Silent Kill. The band, fronted by Jeff Burke (the Marked Men ...

10/8 Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge 10/9 Vancouver, BC @ Cobalt 10/10 Victoria, BC @ Wheelie's Motorcycles 10/11 Portland, OR @ Panic Room 10/13 Santa Rosa, CA @ The Arlene Francis Center10/14 San Francisco, CA @ the Hemlock Tavern10/15 Oakland, CA @ 1-2-3-4 Go10/16 San Pedro, CA @ San Pedro Brewing Co10/17 Pamona, @ VLHS 10/18 San Diego @ Soda Bar

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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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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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