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Loren's last content update – April 19, 2014, 10:22 a.m.

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Various Artists - Capitalist Kids/Tight Bros. - split 7" album cover

Various Artists

Capitalist Kids/Tight Bros. - split 7", 2013

7.1 / 10
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If sweet and easy pop punk is your thing, this is the split for you. Capitalist Kids take Side A, fresh after releasing Lessons on Love, Sharing, and Hygiene. They play Mr. ...

Brain F≠ - Empty Set album cover

Brain F≠

Empty Set, 2014

7.0 / 10

Apparently this band is called “Brain Flannel.” I don’t know what that means, but as somebody capable of reading the English language, I’m pretty sure it’s actually “Brain Unequal To.”Empty ...

Epic Problem - Lines  album cover

Epic Problem

Lines , 2014

7.8 / 10
200 Words Or Less

You’ve heard it before a hundred times. You’ve thought it yourself.Punk rock is a safe genre.While I generally hate on talk like this, promoting genre classification over substance and artistic ...

Coathangers - Suck My Shirt album cover


Suck My Shirt, 2014

8.7 / 10

This Atlanta trio caught my attention with Larceny & Old Lace a couple of years ago, and Suck My Shirt is a continuation of that sound. It shifts into hypnotic, rhythmic patterns and eschews ...

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20 Buck Spin

One Question Interviews 20 Buck Spin

Posted April 17, 2014, 3:30 p.m.

David Adelson (20 Buck Spin) SPB: What is the worst job you’ve ever had?  Adelson: Worst job I ever had was one of my first. When I was 16 ...


One Question Interviews Vacation

Posted April 17, 2014, 3:27 p.m.

Evan (Vacation) SPB: What is your primary tour food? Evan: Our primary tour food is PIZZA. Like as much as your town has to offer, and if you know where ...

Morning Glory

One Question Interviews Morning Glory

Posted April 17, 2014, 3:21 p.m.

Ezra Arrow Kire (Morning Glory) SPB: What do you think of Record Store Day? Kire: Record Store Day? It should be an official national holiday! Why? Because every child of ...

Billy West

One Question Interviews Billy West

Posted April 17, 2014, 3:19 p.m.

Billy West (voice actor, Futurama, Ren & Stimpy, many more) SPB: You've also played music in your past and you do some singing ("Shut Up and Love Me") in Futurama ...

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SPB exclusive stream: Counterfeit i

Records SPB exclusive stream: Counterfeit i

Scene Point Blank is excited to host a new stream, the new EP Still Vol. II from Chicago’s Counterfeit i. The three piece group eschews label associations, playing a ...


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"Oxygen" from new Swans record

MP3s "Oxygen" from new Swans record

Posted April 19, 2014, 10:22 a.m.

Swans have premiered "Oxygen" from their upcoming To Be Kind, a 2xCD/3xLP set due for release on May 13 (Young God Records). Swans previously released The Seer in 2012 ...

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R.A. sign with B9

Labels R.A. sign with B9

Posted April 19, 2014, 10:19 a.m.

R.A., or Rude Awakening, have joined Bridge Nine Records. The Merrimack Valley, MA hardcore band will release their first full-length and label debut later this year. Ten songs have ...

30 Haverhill, MA @ Anchor's Up **
31 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church *
1 Charleston, SC @ Skatepark of Charleston
2 Jacksonville, FL @ Atticus Bar
3 Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem
4 Tallahassee, FL @ Club Atmosphere
5 Baton Rouge, LA @ Culture Bar
6 Houston, TX @ Walters on Washington
7 San Antonio, TX @ The Ten Eleven
8 Dallas, TX @ Taqueria Pedritos
9 Jackson, MS @ Rampage Skatepark
10 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
11 Wilmington, NC @ Ortons
12 Virginia Beach, VA @ VA Live
13 Wilmington, DE @ Harmony Grange
25 Philadelphia, Pa - This Is Hardcore Festival*
** No Modern Pain
* RA Only

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Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde releasing first solo disc

Bands Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde releasing first solo disc

Posted April 19, 2014, 10:16 a.m.

Chrissie Hynde, former lead vocalist of The Pretenders, will release her solo debut on June 10 on Caroline Records. Says Hynde on the process of releasing her own record, "It ...

Track Listing:
1. You Or No One
2. Dark Sunglasses
3. Like In The Movies
4. Down The Wrong Way
5. You're The One
6. A Plan Too Far
7. In A Miracle
8. House Of Cards
9. Tourniquet (Cynthia Ann)
10. Sweet Nuthin
11. Adding The Blue

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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 ...

Dave Hause @ Cabooze Plaza

Posted July 10, 2013, 5:05 p.m. by Loren

Dave Hause @ Cabooze Plaza Social Distortion, Cheap Time, Dave HauseCabooze PlazaMinneapolis, MNJuly 2, 2013 Dave Hause is a busy guy. I swear I get an email a week here ...

Fest 8 Wrapup

Posted Dec. 16, 2009, 6:53 a.m. by Loren

200 bands, seemingly as many beers, and only three nights. Where do I begin my recap? My stomach is still shrunken from not eating right, and I continue to drink ...

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