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Loren's last content update – July 23, 2014, 8:09 p.m.

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Versus You - Moving On album cover

Versus You

Moving On, 2014

5.8 / 10

Despite a confrontational name, Versus You are every bit positive punx with songs praising friendship, relationships, and the like. It’s not that they play bubbly music countered with cynical lyrics, ...

Pujol - Kludge album cover


Kludge, 2014

7.3 / 10

Daniel Pujol is prolific and ever changing. The leader of Pujol continues to release records at a rapid pace, successfully switching up his backing sounds in the process. While early ...

Pixies - Indie Cindy album cover


Indie Cindy, 2014

7.0 / 10

Indie Cindy is the first new Pixies full-length since 1991 (Trompe le Monde). After the band reunited a few years back for the tour circuit the rumors of new material started ...

Rabbit Holes - Rabbit Holes EP album cover

Rabbit Holes

Rabbit Holes EP, 2014

7.4 / 10

Big Action Records doesn’t pump out a ton of releases and, when they do, they run the geographical gamut. The label is based in St. Paul, MN but releases come ...

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Orange County Scenester

One Question Interviews Orange County Scenester

Posted July 17, 2014, 9:28 p.m.

Evan Jacobs (Orange County Scenester – director) SPB: Who is your favorite band discovered in the process of filming Orange County Scenester? Jacobs: Since I was making a memoir on a ...

Xiu Xiu

One Question Interviews Xiu Xiu

Posted July 17, 2014, 9:27 p.m.

Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu) Stewart: What part of your live show is the hardest on sound engineers? SPB: Getting the vocals loud enough in the monitors. We have really loud ...

A Wilhelm Scream

One Question Interviews A Wilhelm Scream

Posted July 17, 2014, 9:25 p.m.

Trevor Reilly (A Wilhelm Scream) SPB: When you built your studio, what was the primary, driving concept you wanted to make sure you could capture as far as acoustics? Reilly ...


One Question Interviews Rosetta

Posted July 17, 2014, 9:23 p.m.

Matt (Rosetta) SPB: Do you run your own website, facebook, twitter, etc? Do you enjoy that aspect of the industry? Matt: Yeah, I do all of it (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr ...

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1QI: Cheap Time, Hollow Earth, Circle, Gazer

Bands 1QI: Cheap Time, Hollow Earth, Circle, Gazer

One of our newest features here at Scene Point Blank is our semi-daily quickie Q&A: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and we'll post one ...

Srini Radhakrishna (Circle, Space Raft)
SPB: Do you wear earplugs when you play? (Why/why not?)
Radhakrishna: Despite having custom earplugs made over a year ago, I've only used them once. They actually haven't even moved from where I put them the day I got them. I forget that I own them and never think to bring them to practice. I suppose one of these days I will remember, and find out if they were worth the $150 I spent on them.
Steve (Hollow Earth, vocals)
SPB: What do you think of bands playing albums in their entirety as a tour concept?
Steve: I personally think it's great! In 2008 one of my all-time favorite bands, Local H, played 7 nights in a row in their hometown of Chicago to commemorate the release of their then new album. In chronological order they played all five of their studio albums in their entirety, left night 6 for b-sides and rarities, and on the 7th night played the new album front to back on the eve of its release. As a fan, I couldn't have asked for more! That'll easily go down as one of the most memorable experiences for me. And for bands that tour consistently, why not? I see no harm in giving people more motivation to come out and see a band they've already seen before. Of course you do run the risk of alienating people who may not be particularly fond of said album, but I truly think at the end of the day true music fans will largely be appreciative. As a guy who has repeatedly gotten into bands long after I wish I had, or even bands that may have been a bit before my time... I love the idea of being afforded the opportunity to hear some of those deep cuts I thought I'd never hear! I've never really been a fan of songs that only get recorded and never see the stage. Doing full album tours forces bands to dust off those potentially neglected gems. When Hollow Earth formed, we often played our entire EP from front to back, but that's because we didn't have any other songs! Haha, does that count?!
Jeffrey Novak (Cheap Time, solo)
SPB: What inspired you to start performing solo?
Novak: I have never had much patience with waiting. I got tired of waiting to meet the right people to start a band with, so I got heavy into home recording instead. But it wasn't until I saw the Cheater Slicks play that I finally knew I had to perform. Staying at home writing and overdubbing all the time just wasn't enough anymore. Seeing them open for the Oblivians opened up a vision to me that it was all possible and extremely necessary. I had seen a few bands play before them, but I had never seen anything as un-posturing and honest and the Cheater Slicks. They made it real, and they set a certain standard that I and all their other loyal fans still thrive for. The day after I saw them I taught myself how to play the drums and guitar at the same time. Five months later I played my solo debut in Memphis opening for Monsieur Jeffrey Evans. As far as I have ever been concerned, that was it.
Been on a major writing spree lately. We're not touring this summer, so I'm staying home to help the Paperhead get the finishing touches on their album. Plus I'm planning on finishing 4 albums worth of material by the end of the year, 2 of which are almost in the can.
Erik Ziedses des Plantes (Gazer, bass/vocals)
SPB: How do you find new music?
Zedses des Plantes: My current music discovery system has two tiers that I think does a good job of covering stuff happening more "above ground" and things happening on a more DIY level.
Tier 1: I have a regular rotation of websites that I've visited daily for years at this point, and that covers most of the stuff that comes out on the larger indie/punk labels and whatnot. I try and read as many music-related books as I can, about everything from hip-hop and electronic music, to vocoders, jazz, and a healthy batch of punk/hardcore related materials. Finally, I've tried to buy at least one music magazine per month this year.
Tier 2: As much as I hate about 95% of what people use it for and the self-obsessed, assigning-relevance-to-the-utterly-mundane culture it encourages, social media is pretty integral to how I discover music these days, due to the fact that I have a job that is fairly restrictive in how often it allows me time to go out to shows. I've often found out about new stuff by simply seeing what my friends are seeing and finding worthy to post about, or shows that they're booking around Ohio. I also consider myself very lucky to have made friends with several open-minded obsessives, record store owners, and downright curious types in the world of punk and hardcore, who are constantly exposing me to bands and music (both old and new) that I usually would have no idea to look for.

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SPB exclusive stream: The Howling Wind

Records SPB exclusive stream: The Howling Wind

SPB is excited to host Vortex, the fourth album from The Howling Wind. The band is a two piece of Ryan Lipynsky (Unearthly Trance/Serpentine Path) and Tim Call (Aldebaran ...


TRACK LISTING:01. Tides02. Force Of The Maelstrom03. Alignment Of Celestial Bodies04. At The End Of The Earth05. Force Of Nature06. Dissonance In The Atmosphere07. Waves Come Crashing Down08. Disturbances09. Reapers Of Satan

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Tiny Engines to release Places to Hide 7-inch

Labels Tiny Engines to release Places to Hide 7-inch

Posted July 23, 2014, 8:09 p.m.

Atlanta's Places To Hide will release a new 7" this fall titled Wild N Soft for Tiny Engines. The band last released Almost Nothing in 2013 and are planning ...

Summer TourJUL 24 - LaFayette, LA @ Wild Salmon
JUL 25 - Houston, TX @ Avant GardenJUL 26 - Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie'sJUL 27 - Tuscon, AZ @ TBAJUL 28 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Trunk SpaceJUL 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ PehrspaceAUG 01 - San Jose, CA @ San Jose Rock ShopAUG 02 - San Francisco, CA @ Church of SurfAUG 03 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby CourtAUG 04 - Denver, CO @ 7th CircleAUG 05 - Omaha, NE @ O'Leaver'sAUG 07 - Chicago, IL @ Dee Dee Ramone'sAUG 08 - Columbus, OH @ Kafe KerouacAUG 09 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All RightAUG 10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea HouseAUG 11 - Arlington, VA @ CD Cellar

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Test of Time streaming

MP3s Test of Time streaming

Posted July 23, 2014, 7:52 p.m.

By Design, the new LP from Test of Time is streaming online at The B9. The hardcore band is currently on tour in Europe.

7/24 Prague, CZ @ Pre-Fluff Fest
7/25 Rockycany, CZ @ Fluff Fest
7/26 As, BEL @ Vlamrock
7/27 Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore
7/27 Braunshweig, GER @ B58 (Focused Minds)
7/29 Munich, GER @ Free & Easy Festival
7/30 TBA
7/31 Duderstadt, GER @ Schauburg
8/1 Munster, GER @ Baracke
8/2 Berlin, GER @ Stateless Society Open Air
8/3 Dresden, GER @ Chemiefabrik w/ Bent Life
8/4 Budapest, HUN @ A38
8/5 Novi Sad, SER @ CK13
8/6 Vienna, AUS @ Das Bach w/ Bent Life
8/7 Aschaffenburg, GER @ Tba w/ Bent Life
8/8 Ieper, BEL @ Ieper Fest
8/9 Bielefeld, GER @ AJZ w/ Bane

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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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