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Loren's last content update – Nov. 25, 2014, 8:09 p.m.

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The Tim Version - Ordinary Life album cover

The Tim Version

Ordinary Life, 2014

7.8 / 10

The Tim Version’s set at Fest 12 was slower. The songs were drawn out—still loud, and angry—but they were a notch slower, going for expansive and big instead of that ...

The Copyrights - Report album cover

The Copyrights

Report, 2014

7.6 / 10

I like most of my music to have a pop bent. Yes, I like it rough around the edges and only mildly repetitive, which often rules out some of the ...

Neighborhood Brats - Recovery album cover

Neighborhood Brats

Recovery, 2014

7.5 / 10

Reading Scene Point Blank can pay off. A year or so ago we streamed No Sun No Tan, which was the first I’d heard of LA’s Neighborhood Brats.And I dug ...

Shallow Cuts - Storm Watch album cover

Shallow Cuts

Storm Watch, 2014

7.0 / 10

Shallow Cuts are a group of friends. Oh, they’re a group of musicians too. Some people call that a band. They’re a three piece, with members of Dan Padilla, Madison ...

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Toby Driver

One Question Interviews Toby Driver

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 2:30 a.m.

Toby Driver SPB: How have your musical taste evolved over the years? Do you think your “high school self” would appreciate the music you make now? Driver: I think my ...


One Question Interviews Horsebites

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 2:29 a.m.

Richard Minino (Horsebites) SPB: Do you think the digitalization of music has negatively influenced your trade as there is less emphasis on cover art? Minino: Not necessarily because now bands ...

Royal Thunder

One Question Interviews Royal Thunder

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 2:27 a.m.

Josh Weaver (Royal Thunder) SPB: Do you have a favorite type of van or bus? Weaver: Dodge Ram vans are definitely our favorite vans. I bought a ‘95 full luxury ...

Choir Vandals

One Question Interviews Choir Vandals

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 2:23 a.m.

Austin McCutchen (Choir Vandals, vocals) SPB: What is your favorite cover to play? Why? McCutchen: Choir Vandals as a band has actually never done a cover, but for me personally ...

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Site News Punk/hardcore writers wanted

Are you an avid SPB reader and an aspiring reviewer? SPB is seeking punk-leaning reviewers at this time. SPB is big on covering a variety of styles, but we’d ...

Babes in Toyland reunite for LA show

Shows Babes in Toyland reunite for LA show

Posted Nov. 25, 2014, 8:09 p.m.

On Feb. 12, Babes in Toyland will reunite to play their first show of the Fontanelle line-up in 18 years.The band released three full-length albums in the 1990s, playing ...

Child Bite's Strange Waste

Records Child Bite's Strange Waste

Posted Nov. 25, 2014, 6:55 p.m.

Indiana's Child Bite have a new 9-song EP out today, Strange Waste. The EP will be released on Nov. 25 via Housecore Records and follows-up their Morbid Hits EP ...

Strange Waste Track Listing:
1. Still fucked Up After All These Years
2. Garbage Odyssey
3. Sinking In Your Skin
4. Ancestral Ooze
5. Molestation Of the Arts
6. Foreign Tissue Purge
7. Mongoloid Obsession
8. Obey The Wraith
9. In A Cloud OF Blood/Bog Infinity

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A Los Campesinos Christmas

Records A Los Campesinos Christmas

Posted Nov. 25, 2014, 6:08 p.m.

Los Campesinos! have announced a new seasonal EP, A Los Campesinos! Christmas. The new release comes on 12" vinyl and features 5 Christmas carols alongside a cover of Mud's ...

1. When Christmas Comes
2. A Doe To A Deer
3. The Holly & The Ivy
4. Kindle A Flame In Her Heart
5. The Trains Don't Run (It's Christmas Day)
6. Lonely This Christmas
DEC. 4             MANCHESTER, UK                 SOUND CONTROL*
DEC. 5             LEEDS, UK                              BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB* (SOLD OUT)
DEC. 6             NORWICH, UK                         ARTS CENTRE*
DEC. 7             LONDON, UK                           VILLAGE UNDERGROUND* (SOLD OUT)
*with support from Trust Fund

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Gaslight Anthem & Against Me! @ First Avenue

Posted Oct. 22, 2014, 5:50 p.m. by Loren

The Gaslight Anthem, Against Me!, Cory Brannan First Avenue Minneapolis, MN October 15, 2014 It had been many a year since I’d seen Against Me! and I hadn’t seen Gaslight ...

Pixes @ State Theatre

Posted Oct. 14, 2014, 6:02 p.m. by Loren

The Pixies, Royal Blood State Theatre Minneapolis, MN October 11, 2014   There’s a lot that can be said about The Pixies and their 2014 tour—well, about any tour of ...

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 ...

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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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Dillinger Four, Arrivals, Brokedowns, Tim Version, Weakerthans, Broadways, The Blind Shake, Tiltwheel, Fugazi

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