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Loren's last content update – May 28, 2015, 12:02 p.m.

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Timeshares - Already Dead album cover


Already Dead, 2015

7.0 / 10

This isn’t what I expected—there’s way more country punk twang than when I caught a short pre-Fest show from Timeshares last year. On Already Dead, the band takes that familiar ...

Powernap - Oreosmith EP album cover


Oreosmith EP, 2015

7.2 / 10
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Oreosmith, whatever the hell that title means, is the first release from Powernap and it’s familiar and powerful, leaving curious signs of where the band may develop. The general sound ...

The Lookouts - Spy Rock Road (And Other Stories) album cover

The Lookouts

Spy Rock Road (And Other Stories), 2015

7.8 / 10

I was apprehensive about reviewing this record. When hear “music by teenagers,” it tends to mean preachy and rather one-sided political rants that are well meaning but, well, immature or ...

Built To Spill - Untethered Moon album cover

Built To Spill

Untethered Moon, 2015

7.5 / 10

Calling Untethered Moon guitar rock is somewhere to start. While the band takes their chops from the 1990s alternative boom, the defining moments of their songs come out of the ...

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Cloud Maze

One Question Interviews Cloud Maze

Posted May 21, 2015, 1:22 p.m.

Sergy Boldyrev (Cloud Maze – vocals) SPB: What is your least favorite genre of music? Is there an artists who is an exception to that rule? Boldyrev: My least favorite genres ...

Comeback Kid

One Question Interviews Comeback Kid

Posted May 21, 2015, 1:18 p.m.

Jeremy Hiebert (Comeback Kid-guitar) SPB: What’s your least favorite record you’ve made? Why? Hiebert: Like I said to out label's publicist, “Do I really have to answer ...


One Question Interviews Terror

Posted May 21, 2015, 1:16 p.m.

Martin Stewart (Terror – guitar) SPB: Do you read press written about you? Stewart: After playing in bands for about 15 years now, I have to say that I don't ...

City of Satellites

One Question Interviews City of Satellites

Posted May 21, 2015, 1:10 p.m.

Jarrod (City of Satellites) SPB: Who is your favorite pre-1960s artist/band? Jarrod: I guess when reflecting on my music collection there isn’t much from the ‘50s that makes ...

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SPB premiere: Hear Breaking Tradition's Vanity EP

Records SPB premiere: Hear Breaking Tradition's Vanity EP

Freshly released, Scene Point Blank is pleased to present Vanity, a new EP from National Park, NJ's Breaking Tradition. The EP officially hits shelves today on CD and digital ...

Babes in Toyland on tour

Tours Babes in Toyland on tour

Posted May 28, 2015, 12:02 p.m.

The reformed Babes in Toyland, now on tour in the UK, have announced a US/Canada tour later this summer. After playing Rock the Garden festival alongside Modest Mouse and ...

Babes in Toyland North American tour dates:
June 21 Minneapolis, MN Rock The Garden FestivalAugust 27 St. Louis, MO The FirebirdAugust 28 Kansas City, MO The Riot RoomSeptember 1 Salt Lake City, UT Urban LoungeSeptember 3 Portland, OR Mississippi StudiosSeptember 4 Vancouver, BC Biltmore CabaretSeptember 5 Seattle, WA Bumbershoot FestivalSeptember 15 Covington, KY Madison TheatreSeptember 17 New York, NY Irving PlazaSeptember 19 Montreal, QC Pop Montreal International Music Festival
European tour dates:May 28 Glasgow, UK Oran MorMay 29 Barcelona, Spain Primavera Sound FestivalJune 1 Milan, Italy Lo Fi ClubJune 3 Ravenna, Italy Beaches Brew FestivalJune 6 Porto, Portugal Primavera Sound Festival
The newly announced tour dates are on-sale this Friday, May 29.

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New from The Good Life

Records New from The Good Life

Posted May 28, 2015, 9:42 a.m.

On August 14 The Good Life returns with new LP Everybody's Coming Down, their first album in 8 years. To be released on Saddle Creek,it is the band ...

Everybody's Coming Down track listing:
7 in the MorningEverybodyThe Troubadour's Green RoomHoly ShitFlotsam Locked into a GrooveForever Coming DownHappy HourDiving BellSkeleton SongHow Small We AreAd NauseaMidnight Is Upon Us 
The Good Life tour dates:
AUG. 15           OMAHA, NE                             MAHA MUSIC FESTIVAL
AUG. 18           ST. PAUL, MN                          TURF CLUB*
AUG. 19           CHICAGO, IL                            LINCOLN HALL*
AUG. 20           FERNDALE, MI                         LOVING TOUCH*
AUG. 21           CLEVELAND, OH                     GROG SHOP*
AUG. 22           WASHINGTON, DC                  ROCK & ROLL HOTEL*
AUG. 23           PHILADELPHIA, PA                 BOOT & SADDLE*
AUG. 26           BOSTON, MA                           THE SINCLAIR*
AUG. 27           NEW YORK, NY                       BOWERY BALLROOM*
AUG. 29           CARRBORO, NC                      CAT'S CRADLE - BACK ROOM*
SEPT. 1           ORLANDO, FL                          THE SOCIAL*
SEPT. 4           NASHVILLE, TN                        HIGH WATT*
SEPT. 5           ST. LOUIS, MO                         OFF BROADWAY*
SEPT. 6           IOWA CITY, IA                          GABES*
*Big Harp supports

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New record from The Hussy

Bands New record from The Hussy

Posted May 28, 2015, 9:24 a.m.

Madison, Wisconsin's psych-punk duo The Hussy will release a new album on June 30, Galore, to be released on Southpaw Records. The band, who released Pagan Hiss in 2013 ...

The Hussy on tour
5/22 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon (w/ Screamin' Cyn Cyn, Proud Parents)6/4 - Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
6/5 - Indianapolis, IN @ The White Rabbit (w/ Digital Leather, We Are Hex)6/6 - Cleveland, OH @ The Happy Dog (w/ No Joy, Goldmines)6/7 - Buffalo, NY @ TBA6/8 - Boston, MA @ Cafe ZuZu (w/ Gangbang Gordon)6/9 - Manhattan, NY - Elvis' Guesthouse6/10 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right6/11 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery6/12 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter (w/ Institute, Lost Tribe, Nervous Ticks)6/13 - Wilmington, NC @ Reggies (w/ Deadly Lo-Fi)6/15 - Atlanta, GA @ 529 (w/ Lowbanks)6/16 - Birmingham, AL @ The Firehouse6/17 - Jackson, MS @ CS's (w/ No Ma'Am, No Bueno)6/18 - New Orleans, LA @ Saturn Bar (w/ Trampoline Team)6/19 - Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlies (w/ A Giant Dog, Xetas)6/20 - Austin, TX @ Yellow Jacket - Day Show6/20 - Dallas, TX @ The Foundry (w/ Beth Israel)6/21 - Little Rock, AR @ Sticky'z (w/ Bombay Harambee)6/23 - Memphis, TN @ Murphey's (w/ NOTS, The Sheiks)6/24 - Fayetteville, AR @ JR's (w/ Pagiins)6/26 - Kansas City, KS @ Minibar (w/ Wet Ones)6/27 - Omaha, NE @ TBA (w/ Digital Leather)7/15 - Spring Green, WI @ The Shitty Barn (w/ Tree Blood)

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Swami John & The Blind Shake @ Turf Club

Posted March 2, 2015, 12:48 p.m. by Loren

Bombay Sweets, Pink Mink, Swami John & The Blind Shake Turf Club St. Paul, MN February 19, 2015   No review, see photo gallery below.

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 ...

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