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Loren's last content update – Sept. 1, 2014, 10:54 p.m.

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Ex Friends - Rules for Making Up Words album cover

Ex Friends

Rules for Making Up Words, 2014

7.1 / 10

Ex Friends are a group of Philly area punks, recognized from their work in other bands. The band features Joel Tannenbaum (Plow United), JP Flexner (flyer artist), Audrey Crash, and ...

The Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams album cover

The Hold Steady

Teeth Dreams, 2014

6.5 / 10

The Hold Steady has been on quite a ride. They went from “New York bar band” to critical and indie darlings to, now, wavering somewhere on the edge of the ...

Astpai - Burden Calls album cover


Burden Calls, 2014

7.5 / 10

I’m not sure what this says about me, but I like Astpai’s Burden Calls just fine but it takes until they pull a sample from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the original) to hit that ...

The Sands - Hotel & Casino album cover

The Sands

Hotel & Casino, 2014

7.1 / 10

Say what you will about the old “don’t judge a book by its cover” metaphor, but it’s got some credence in the music world too. The Sands’ Hotel & Casino is a ...

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Young Turks

One Question Interviews Young Turks

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 1:31 a.m.

Jason (Young Turks) SPB: How big is your record collection? Jason: I have about 250 records. I started collecting when I was about 16. I hated high school so I ...

Street Dogs

One Question Interviews Street Dogs

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 1:29 a.m.

Mike McColgan (Street Dogs, FM359) SPB: How much space in your home is dedicated to music storage (instruments or records)? McColgan: One entire room in my house is dedicated to ...


One Question Interviews Æges

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 1:26 a.m.

Kemble Walters (Æges) SPB: What is your day job/how does it affect your schedule as a musician? Walters: This is a funny question for me being that I am ...

Hidden Shoal Recordings

One Question Interviews Hidden Shoal Recordings

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 1:23 a.m.

Cam Merton (Hidden Shoal Recordings) SPB: What is your go-to karaoke song? Merton: My initial impulse is to put on something from Harold Budd and Brian Eno’s Ambient 2 ...

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SPB exclusive stream: Pord

Records SPB exclusive stream: Pord

Scene Point Blank is excited to host a new stream this month, Wild from Pord, which releases on Sept. 8. The record is the French band's second full-length and ...

Pord has a European tour scheduled later this month.
12.09.14 : Montpellier (fr) @ Black Sheep13.09.14 : Onet Le Chateau (fr) @ Le Studio14.09.14 : Marseille (fr) @ La Machine à Coudre20.09.14 : Bologna (it) @ Freakout21.09.14 : Lodi (it) @ Parco Belgiardino23.09.14 : Dijon (fr) @ Deep Inside24.09.14 : Lille (fr) @ CCL25.09.14 : Bruxelles (be) @ London Calling26.09.14 : Neuchatel (ch) @ La Case A Choc27.09.14 : Bern (ch) @ La Caffette28.09.14 : Vesoul (fr) @ Le Cafe Francais29.09.14 : Paris (fr) @ Point FMR w/ Hammerhead30.09.14 : Le Havre (fr) @ Mac Daid's w/ Hammerhead01.10.14 : Nevers (fr) @ Socquette02.10.14 : Nommay (fr) @ Pinky Bar03.10.14 : Reims (fr) @ MDQ Turenne04.10.14 : Rennes (fr) @ Le Jardin Moderne06.10.14 : Orleans (fr) @ Le 10807.10.14 : Poitiers (fr) @ Le Zinc08.10.14 : Toulouse (fr) @ Pavillons Sauvage09.10.14 : Nimes (fr) @ Akoustic Cafe11.10.14 : Lyon (fr) @ Les Capucins31.10.14 : Clermont-Fd (fr) @ La Coope w/ Greys01.11.14 : Gerardmer (fr) @ MCL

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New Foxygen soon

Bands New Foxygen soon

Posted Sept. 1, 2014, 9:40 a.m.

Foxygen will release a new album, ...And Star Power, on Oct. 14 on Jagjaguway Records. The band will also be touring North American in support. A new song, "How Can ...

01. Star Power Airlines
02. How Can You Really
03. Coulda Been My Love
04. Cosmic Vibrations
05. You & I
06. Star Power I: Overture
07. Star Power II: Star Power Nite
08. Star Power III: What Are We Good For
09. Star Power IV: Ooh Ooh
10. I Don't Have Anything/The Gate
11. Mattress Warehouse
12. 666
13. Flowers
14. Wally's Farm
15. Cannibal Holocaust
16. Hot Summer
17. Cold Winter/Freedom
18. Can't Contextualize My Mind
19. Brooklyn Police Station
20. The Game
21. Freedom II
22. Talk
23. Everyone Needs Love
24. Hang
Wed. Sep. 24 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom w/ Dub Thompson
Thu. Sep. 25 - Santa Fe, NM @ Skylight w/ Dub Thompson
Sat. Sep. 27 - Dallas, TX @ INDEX Festival
Sun. Sep. 28 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's Upstairs w/ Dub Thompson
Mon. Sep. 29 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks w/ Dub Thompson
Wed. Oct. 1 - Atlanta, GA @ The Loft w/ Dub Thompson
Thu. Oct. 2 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/IN w/ Dub Thompson
Fri. Oct. 3 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel w/ Dub Thompson
Sat. Oct. 4 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater w/ Dub Thompson
Sun. Oct. 5 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club w/ Dub Thompson
Wed. Oct. 8 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Dub Thompson
Thu. Oct. 9 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Fri. Oct. 10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer w/ Dub Thompson
Sat. Oct. 11 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club w/ Dub Thompson
Sun. Oct. 12 - Montreal, QC @ Le National w/ Dub Thompson, Heat
Tue. Oct. 14 - Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club w/ Dub Thompson
Wed. Oct. 15 - Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom w/ Dub Thompson
Thu. Oct. 16 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall w/ Dub Thompson
Fri. Oct. 17 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall w/ Dub Thompson
Sat. Oct. 18 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe w/ Dub Thompson
Mon. Oct. 20 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater w/ Dub Thompson
Tue. Oct. 21 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge w/ Dub Thompson
Wed. Oct. 29 - Brighton, UK @ Komedia
Thu. Oct. 30 - Manchester, UK @ Ruby Lounge
Fri. Oct. 31 - London, UK @ Village Underground
Sat. Nov. 1 - Paris, FR @ Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
Mon. Nov. 3 - Brussels, BE @ Botanique
Tue. Nov. 4 - Amsterdam, NE @ Tolhuistuin
Wed. Nov. 5 - Berlin, DE @ Frannz
Thu. Nov. 6 - Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset
Sun. Nov. 9 - Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest

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Russian Circles in Canada

Tours Russian Circles in Canada

Posted Sept. 1, 2014, 9:19 a.m.

Chicago trio Russian Circles are hitting Canada next month with The Atlas Moth in support. They will make additional stops in Minneapolis and Dallas afterward. Russian Circles released Memorial in ...

RUSSIAN CIRCLES TOUR 201409/13  London, ON @ Rum Runner Room (London Music Hall) #
09/14  Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Mile End #
09/15  Toronto, ON @ Lee's Place #
09/18  Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid #
09/20  Calgary, AB @ Palomino #
09/22  Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Stop #
09/24  Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop #
09/26  Minneapolis, MN @ New Music Festival @ Skyway Theater **#
09/28  Dallas, TX @ Index Festival 
** w/ Deafheaven
# w/ The Atlas Moth
Track list:
01. Memoriam
02. Deficit 
03. 1777 
04. Cheyenne
05. Burial
06. Ethel
07. Lebaron
08. Memoria

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Ten bands one cause

Music News Ten bands one cause

Posted Sept. 1, 2014, 8:42 a.m.

This October Red Distribution is sponsoring a charity event to raise awarenesss for breast cancer. 10 titles will be released on limited editin pnk vinyl, including Against Me!, Lucius, Jason ...

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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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