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Loren's last content update – April 23, 2014, 8:18 p.m.

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Tiny Empires

Weird Headspace, 2014

7.2 / 10

Tiny Empires seek to build something new; something powerful, significant, and memorable, just as the name suggests. With their debut record Weird Headspace they’re doing just that. It’s big, grasping, and expansive ...

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Various Artists

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

7.1 / 10
200 Words Or Less

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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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Premiere: "Telephone" from Daycare Swindlers

MP3s Premiere: "Telephone" from Daycare Swindlers

Scene Point Blank has teamed up with Say-10 and No Less Records to offer "Telephone," one of four songs of the upcoming split 7" between Daycare Swindlers and Walk the ...


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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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Harley's War planning new album

Bands Harley's War planning new album

Posted April 23, 2014, 8:18 p.m.

Harley's War, featuring Harley Flanagan, a founding member of Cro-Mags, will release its second LP on Southern Lord later this year. Flanagan last released under the moniker in 2002 ...

New album coming from Boston's Psycho

Records New album coming from Boston's Psycho

Posted April 23, 2014, 8:06 p.m.

Boston grindcore band Psycho will be releasing their first new album in 22 years and fourth overall later this year on Selfmadegod.The 17 song, 29-minute album will be named ...

Chainsaw Priest Track Listing:
1. Antichrist Hammer
2. Mystery Meat
3. Force My Will
4. Chainsaw Priest
5. Hep-C
6. I'm Crazy
7. Death From Above
8. Can't Believe You're Gone
9. Die Trying
10. Daydreaming
11. So This Is Hell
12. Vodka Influenced Nightmares
13. Leave Me Alone
14. Whiskey Bitch
15. Once A Bully
16. Religious
17. Want You (Plasmatics)

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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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