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Loren's last content update – Sept. 3, 2015, 9:32 p.m.

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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 ...

Great Cynics - I Feel Weird album cover

Great Cynics

I Feel Weird, 2015

7.4 / 10

Naming a record I Feel Weird is a statement about the psyche of Great Cynics, and an applicable one at that (for the band, not necessarily the members). The band’s ...

The Splits - II album cover

The Splits

II, 2015

6.5 / 10

I really like Dirtnap Records, but they can’t all be winners. The Splits start off II with a really positive vibe in “Rotten Me,” with a powerful and familiar rock ...

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One Question Interviews Stern

Posted Aug. 30, 2015, 10:53 p.m.

Chuck Stern (Stern) SPB: How do you draw the line between taking influence and mimicking? Stern: I think of this as reverential versus referential. Influences are what shape us. They ...

Loud Boyz

One Question Interviews Loud Boyz

Posted Aug. 30, 2015, 10:52 p.m.

Kenny Brown (Loud Boyz-vocals) SPB: How has your musical taste evolved over the years? Do you think your “high school self” would appreciate the music you make now? Brown: I ...


One Question Interviews Boilerman

Posted Aug. 30, 2015, 10:50 p.m.

Jim (Boilerman) SPB: What’s with the numerical song titles on the EP?  Jim: The deal with the numerical song titles for the 10" is two-fold.  First, all the songs ...


One Question Interviews Pears

Posted Aug. 30, 2015, 10:48 p.m.

Zach (Pears) SPB: Who is the best band happening in New Orleans right now? Zach: The best band happening in Nola right now is a country band called Yes Ma ...

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SPB premiere: "Bye House" from Elder Abuse

MP3s SPB premiere: "Bye House" from Elder Abuse

SPB is pumped to bring a new song from Winnipeg's Elder Abuse. The song, "Bye House," comes off their soon to be released split with Anchorless. Elder Abuse includes ...


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Bands Shit Present EP out in October

Posted Sept. 3, 2015, 9:32 p.m.

UK label specialist Subject Records is pressing a self-titled 12" for the debut EP from Shit Present, featuring Iona Cairns (Great Cynics). The band previously released the EP digitally. The ...

Upcoming dates
3/9 – De Onderbroek, Nijmegen, NL4/9 – De Bakkerij, Castricum, NL5/9 – AZ, Köln, DEw/ Bangers 17/9 – The Library, Oxford18/9 – Urban Bar, Londonw/ Woahnows 25/9 – Mother's Ruin, Bristol26/9 – The Cavern, Exeter27/9 – The Junction, Plymouthw/ Above Them

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Labels Knockout Kid join Bullet Tooth

Posted Sept. 2, 2015, 12:21 p.m.

Bullet Tooth Recors has signed Chicago's Knockout Kid to the label. The "aggressive pop punk hardcore" band released their debut ICWTJD last year and toured extensively. Thei first record ...

Whenskiesaregray to tour US

Tours Whenskiesaregray to tour US

Posted Sept. 2, 2015, 10:53 a.m.

Starting tomorrow Whenskiesaregray will kick off a US tour, starting in Hammonton, NJ. The Baltimore band released a self-titled LP earlier this year (streamed by SPB!) on Mayfly Records. Check ...

Tour Dates:9/3 | Hammonton, NJ - DAV9/4 | New Haven, CT - 2169/5 | Providence, RI - AS2209/6 | Southbridge, MA - Starlite9/7 | Bucksport, ME - The Kave9/10 | Rochester, NY - The Bugjar9/11 | Pittsburgh, PA - People's Warehouse9/12 | Akron, OH - Fool Mansion9/13 | Ann Arbor, MI - The Lincoln House9/14 | Grand Rapids, MI - The Upper Room9/15 | Kalamazoo, MI - House Show9/16 | Indianapolis, IN - 440 N. Lasalle9/17 | Milwaukee, WI - Ground Zero w/ Estates9/18 | Chicago, IL - Downstairs (at Subt) w/ Estates9/19 | Minneapolis, MN - Poser Compound w/ Estates9/20 | Moline, IL - The Blackhawk Room9/21 | Kansas City, MO - Venue TBA9/22 | Denver, CO - Seventh Circle Music Collective9/23 | Salt Lake City, UT - The Underground9/24 | Bozeman, MT - House Show9/25 | Spokane, WA - The Thunderdome9/26 | Seattle, WA - Monkey Pub9/27 | Portland, OR - Black Water 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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