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Loren's last content update – Oct. 22, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

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Shitty Weekend

Shit Week, 2014

8.4 / 10

This thing is all over the map, from freak-out jazz-punk one minute (“Geneva”) to a track of haunting old man ghost noises laid atop a galloping horse, and then band ...

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Shamebirds, 2014

7.5 / 10

Needles//Pins are something different in the punk rock realm. Well, that’s not true. They’re entirely familiar and warm, yet they have that pizzazz—that’s what the kids are calling it these ...

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The Complete Truth About De-Evolution, 2014

8.0 / 10
Video/DVD Review

I’ve long felt there are fewer lesser art forms than the music video. It turns out I was wrong—or, at least pre-1990 it was another game. The Complete Truth About ...

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Steve Adamyk Band

Dial Tone, 2014

8.0 / 10

This is Dirtnap Records.Not to pigeonhole anybody, but man does Steve Adamyk Band hit on that pop structure, garage chaos element that defines the label.Dial Tone is the fourth full-length ...

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One Question Interviews Vegas

Posted Oct. 11, 2014, 12:48 a.m.

T (Vegas) SPB: How do you vary your songwriting approach between your different projects? T: Most of the songs I've written blast through wounds and articulate a sense of ...


One Question Interviews Dethklok

Posted Oct. 11, 2014, 12:33 a.m.

Brendon Small (Metalocalypse/Dethklok) SPB: Who has the best “metal voice” of all time? Small: Nathan Explosion- He's not a metal singer but he happens to have a very ...

Animal Style Records

One Question Interviews Animal Style Records

Posted Oct. 3, 2014, 1:20 a.m.

Matt (Animal Style Records) SPB: What was the first punk show you attended? Matt: Does this count? Mayfest in ‘98 at the University of Redlands: Blink 182, The Aquabats, Home ...

Pure Grain Audio

One Question Interviews Pure Grain Audio

Posted Oct. 3, 2014, 1:18 a.m.

Chris ( SPB: Who is a band that’s taking seemingly forever to release their next album? Chris: This is a cheeky response, but I’d have to go ...

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SPB exclusive stream: Disastroid

Records SPB exclusive stream: Disastroid

Scene Point Blank is pleased to be hosting the latest from the Bay Area trio Distastroid, Missiles. The record was released last month and can be purchased here. The 8 ...

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Mixtapes to take break

Bands Mixtapes to take break

Posted Oct. 22, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

Mixtapes have announced that following their performance at Fest 13 the Ohio band will take a hiatus. In their issued statement, they said: After Fest this fall, Mixtapes is gonna ...


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Tours Direct Hit-PEARS

Posted Oct. 22, 2014, 8:30 p.m.

Direct Hit! and PEARS will be embarking on a tour together beginning in December. Direct Hit! will be supporting 2013's Brainless God while PEARS will be supporting Go To ...

Date    City      Venue
12/4     NASHVILLE      TBA
12/6     NEW ORLEANS            GASA GASA
12/8     DALLAS            GAS MONKEY
12/10   ST. LOUIS         THE DEMO
12/11   OMAHA           THE HIDEOUT

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Broughton's Rules plans second album

Records Broughton's Rules plans second album

Posted Oct. 22, 2014, 5:57 p.m.

Pittsburgh instrumental band Broughton's Rules will be releasing their next album on Relapse Records. The record, dubbed Anechoic Horizon, is their second as a band. It was recorded by ...

Broughton's Rules Tour Dates
Oct 31 Chicago, IL Subterranean w/ Marnie SternNov 21 Pittsburgh, PA Brillobox Record Release Show
1. Reversers2. Gothics3. Insanity Dance4. Anechoic Horizon5. The Fields Of None6. New Weather7. Shadows and Light8. Umbra

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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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