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Loren

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Loren's last content update – July 25, 2016, 2:32 p.m.

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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
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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 ...

Moonraker

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 ...

Phobia

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: Dusteaters' Transhumanism

Records SPB exclusive: Dusteaters' Transhumanism

Scene Point Blank's featured July stream is an EP from Dusteaters, Transhumanism. Released on cassette on June 13 (Hip Kid Records), the Tokyo-based band play spacey garage rock with ...

 
Hip Kid Records is planning new LPs from Angry Gods and Cracked Vessel to come.
The record can be purchased here.
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Mannequin Pussy gets Romantic

Records Mannequin Pussy gets Romantic

Posted July 25, 2016, 2:32 p.m.

Philadelphia's Mannequin Pussy will release a new album on Oct. 28, Romantic. Out on Tiny Engines, it's the band's second full-length and a follow-up to 2014's ...

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Romantic - Track Listing
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2. Romantic3. Ten4. Emotional High5. Pledge6. Denial7. Everything8. Anything9. Meatslave One10. Hey, Steven11. Beside Yourself

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NOFX news, NOFX album

Bands NOFX news, NOFX album

Posted July 23, 2016, 4:08 p.m.

San Fran punks NOFX are back with a new almub titled First Ditch Effort on Oct. 7, with a European tour booked and a few straggling US dates afterward. The ...

Tour Dates:08/06/16 Hamburg, Germany at Grosse Freiheit 3608/07/16 Hünxe , Germany at Ruhrpott Rodeo08/08/16 Nuremberg , Germany at Hirsch08/10/16 Tolmin, Slovenia at Punk Rock Holiday Punk Rock Holiday08/11/16 Riga , Latvia at Kubana Festival08/12/16 Moscow , Russia at Yota Space08/14/16 Igea Marina , Italy at Bay Fest08/15/16 Lindau , Germany at Club Vaudeville08/16/16 Saarbrucken, Germany at Garage08/18/16 Amsterdam, Netherlands at Melkweg08/19/16 Hasselt , Belgium at Pukkelpop08/20/16 Grossposna, Germany at Highfield Festival Highfield Festival08/23/16 Wiesen, Germany at Ottakringer Arena And There Come The Wolves08/24/16 Prague, Czech Republic at Good Sounds08/25/16 Straszecin , Poland at Czad Festival Czad Festival08/27/16 Chiemsee, Germany at Chiemsee Summer Fest09/02/16 Denver, CO at National Western Complex Riot Fest09/16/16 Chicago, IL at Douglas Park Riot Fest09/24/16 Pozo, CA at Picnic In Pozo w/ Descendents, Youth Brigade, Swingin' Utters09/30/16 Sterling Heights, MI at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre 89X Chill On The Hill03/10/17 Miami, FL at On A Cruise Ship Flogging Molly's Salty Dog CruiseFirst Ditch Effort track listing:01. Six Years on Dope02. Happy Father’s Day03. Sid and Nancy04. California Drought05. Oxy Moronic06. I Don’t Like Me Anymore07. I’m A Transvest-lite08. Ditch Effort09. Dead Beat Mom10. Bye Bye Biopsy Girl11. It Ain’t Lonely at the Bottom12. I’m So Sorry Tony13. Generation Z

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Shonen Knife's 35th Anniversary Tour

Bands Shonen Knife's 35th Anniversary Tour

Posted July 21, 2016, 7:52 p.m.

Shonen Knife are returning for another US tour, this time celebrating their 35th anniversary as a band as well as their Adventure album )Good Charamel Records). The tour kicks off ...

Shonen Knife Live Dates                     Date               City, State                 City                     10/04              San Diego, CA           The Casbah                     10/05              Los Angeles, CA        The Bootleg Theater                     10/06              San Francisco, CA     DNA Lounge                     10/07              San Jose, CA            The Ritz                     10/08              Portland, OR              Dante’s                     10/09              Seattle, WA               Tractor Tavern                     10/11              Missoula, MT             Monk’s                     10/12              Billings, MT               Pub Station                     10/13              Denver, CO               Marquis Theater                     10/15              Kansas City, MO       The Record Bar                     10/16              St. Louis, MO            The Firebird                     10/17              Chicago, IL                Livewire Lounge                     10/18              Chicago, IL                Livewire Lounge                     10/19              St Paul, MN               The Turf Club                     10/21              Columbus, OH           The Ace of Cups                     10/22              Indianapolis, IN          Radio Radio                     10/25              Charlotte, NC             Snug Harbor                     10/26              Durham, NC               The Pinhook                     10/27              Richmond, VA            Strange Matter                     10/28              Baltimore, MD            Ottobar                     10/29              Philadelphia, PA         MilkBoy                     10/31              New York, NY             The Knitting Factory                     11/01              Albany, NY                 The Low Beat                     11/03              Pittsburgh, PA            Cattivo                     11/04              Buffalo, NY                Mohawk Place                     11/05              Ithaca, NY                 The Haunt                     11/06              Rochester, NY            The Bug Jar                     11/09              Boston, MA                The Middle East                     11/10              Long Branch, NJ         The Brighton 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 ...

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: https://twitter.com/lorenmgreen.

Loren's favorite bands

Dillinger Four, Arrivals, Brokedowns, Tim Version, Weakerthans, Broadways, The Blind Shake, Tiltwheel, Fugazi

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