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Loren's last content update – Dec. 19, 2014, 2:30 p.m.

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The Smith Street Band

Throw Me in the River, 2014

8.0 / 10

Summarizing The Smith Street Band is a bit difficult. While I want to lump them in with folk-punk, that’s only true in song structure. There’s far too much electric guitar ...

The Tim Version - Ordinary Life album cover

The Tim Version

Ordinary Life, 2014

7.8 / 10

The Tim Version’s set at Fest 12 was slower. The songs were drawn out—still loud, and angry—but they were a notch slower, going for expansive and big instead of that ...

The Copyrights - Report album cover

The Copyrights

Report, 2014

7.6 / 10

I like most of my music to have a pop bent. Yes, I like it rough around the edges and only mildly repetitive, which often rules out some of the ...

Neighborhood Brats - Recovery album cover

Neighborhood Brats

Recovery, 2014

7.5 / 10

Reading Scene Point Blank can pay off. A year or so ago we streamed No Sun No Tan, which was the first I’d heard of LA’s Neighborhood Brats.And I dug ...

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Specialist Subject Records

One Question Interviews Specialist Subject Records

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 2:20 a.m.

Andrew (Specialist Subject Records, Bangers) SPB: Do any of your musician friends have tinnitus? Andrew: I've actually had tinnitus for nearly 10 years and I can pin point the ...

American Scarecrows

One Question Interviews American Scarecrows

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 2:15 a.m.

Allen Maier (American Scarecrows, drums) SPB: Do you wear earplugs when you play? Why/why not? Maier: I have heard people say they wish they took better care of their ...

His Dream of Lions

One Question Interviews His Dream of Lions

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 2:13 a.m.

His Dream of Lions SPB: Assign each member of your band to a character in The Breakfast Club. His Dream of Lions: Colby - Criminal - He thinks his hair cut is ...

Teen Death

One Question Interviews Teen Death

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 2:07 a.m.

James Goodson (Teen Death, guitar/vocals) SPB: Who is your favorite band to see live? Goodson: I think my favorite band to see live is AFI. Not only are they ...

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SPB exclusive stream: Attendant

Records SPB exclusive stream: Attendant

This month Scene Point Blank is excited to host a new record from Philadelphia's Attendant, Freaking Out, on Salinas Records. To use Salinas' words, "Attendant is punk band from ...


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La Dispute joined by Title Fight for tour

Tours La Dispute joined by Title Fight for tour

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 2:30 p.m.

This spring La Dispute and Title Fight will hit the road on a co-headlining tour. La Dispute released Rooms of the House earlier this year.  Dates are below.

Tour Dates:3/21 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's3/23 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade3/24 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle3/25 - Washington, DC @ Howard Theater3/26 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer3/27 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall3/29 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club3/31 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar4/01 - Toronto, ONT @ Phoenix Theater4/03 - Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot4/05 - Chicago, IL @ The Metro

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Volar Records update

Labels Volar Records update

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 2:25 p.m.

Volar Records, out of San Diego has released two new vinyl items. 1) a 7" from Kansas City's Lazy, who are touring next month, and 2) a 12" from ...

Lazy Tour Dates:1/17 Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge1/18 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room1/23 Kansas City, MO @ Vandals2/20 Kansas City, MO @ Mini Bar3/13 Tulsa, OK @ Soundpony3/14 Denton, TX @ I35 Fest3/15 Springfield, MO @ Outland
TIT Tour Dates:
1/22 Omaha, NB @ O'Leavers
The Hussy Tour Dates:1/10 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock w/ Gay Witch Abortion, Teenage Moods3/7 Madison, WI @ Crystal Corner Bar w/ Dumb Beach3/27 Chicago, IL @ TBA3/28 Cincinnati, OH @ Maudies w/ Black Planet

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New Mogwai EP next month

Bands New Mogwai EP next month

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 2:18 p.m.

Mogwai have announced a new EP titled Music Industry 3 Fitness Industry 1, which will release on cd and vinyl on Jan. 27. The new six-song release will be on ...

Music Industry 3 Fitness Industry 1 track list:
Teenage ExorcistsHistory DayHMP Shaun William RyderRe-Remurdered (Blanck Mass remix)No Medicine For Regret (Pye Corner Audio remix)The Lord Is Out of Control (Nils Frahm remix)
Mogwai on tour:
January 24 Chene Bougeies, Switzerland Antigel FestivalMarch 2 Sydney, Australia Sydney Opera HouseMarch 9 Tokyo, Japan Ex Theater RoppongiMarch 10 Nagoya, Japan Club QuattroMarch 11 Osaka, Japan Bigcat

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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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