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Loren's last content update – Sept. 24, 2016, 11:15 p.m.

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Mikey Erg - Tentative Decisions album cover

Mikey Erg

Tentative Decisions, 2016

7.5 / 10

It took all of three seconds into Tentative Decisions, about 10 seconds before his unmistakable voice, to ID the record as being made by Mikey Erg. Drummer/guitarist/vocalist in bands ranging ...

Crybaby - Drag Me Under album cover


Drag Me Under, 2016

7.7 / 10

Crybaby are one of those punk bands where you could fill a review with subgenre tags and namedrops and every review would pick a different one to highlight. There’s a ...

The Falcon - Gather Up the Chaps album cover

The Falcon

Gather Up the Chaps, 2016

9.0 / 10

The Falcon are a curious band: a collection of rogue Chicagoans (now with Dave Hause as well), lead vocalist Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms) seems to get the most attention ...

Various Artists - Crab Legs/Not Half Bad - Dorks/Nerds album cover

Various Artists

Crab Legs/Not Half Bad - Dorks/Nerds, 2015

8.0 / 10

Spanning the country’s geography north and south, this split from Fargo, ND’s Crab Legs and Fort Worth, TX’s Not Half Bad is a snippet of the varied sounds of the ...

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One Question Interviews Spotlights

Posted Sept. 24, 2016, 10:23 p.m.

Sarah Quintero (Spotlights) SPB:What’s the strangest trend you see in modern music (or in the industry)? Quintero: The strangest trend I have been noticing today in music is ...

Planet B

One Question Interviews Planet B

Posted Sept. 22, 2016, 8:03 a.m.

Luke Henshaw (Planet B) SPB: How has the increasing digitalization of music changed how you listen or record? Henshaw: To me, with the increasing digitalization of music, a lot of ...

Two Houses

One Question Interviews Two Houses

Posted Aug. 24, 2016, 11:33 a.m.

Mike (Two Houses) SPB: Do you have any vinyl that your own strictly for collector’s purposes but never listen to? Mike: No one in the band does. Norman Marston ...


One Question Interviews Nonpareil

Posted Aug. 15, 2016, 3:18 p.m.

Jef Wright (Nonpareil) SPB: What venue is your favorite to play (and why)? Wright: Currently, I'd say that Valley Bar is my favorite venue to play in Phoenix. It ...

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SPB exclusive: Cortez's "Initial"

Records SPB exclusive: Cortez's "Initial"

Out on September 9 for the first time on vinyl, Scene Point Blank is excited to debut the remastered repressing of Cortez’s Initial. The Swiss hardcore band first burst ...

Cortez Discography:
Initial - 10th Anniversary Edition” (2016)Phoebus (2013)split vinyl 10'' with Plebeian Grandstand (2012)Initial (2005)split vinyl 10" with Ventura (2005) Pressing Info:
limited edition of only 400 black LPs. heavy 380g cover, reverse board print, black inside-print.
Cortex can be found on bandcamp here.

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New Rose debut on Broken Circles

Bands New Rose debut on Broken Circles

Posted Sept. 24, 2016, 11:15 p.m.

Featuring members of Big Eyes and RIPS, country band New Rose will release their debut album, All Nite, on Broken Circles on Oct. 21. Claiming Flying Burrito Brothers as influence ...

All Nite - Track Listing1. $1,000
2. Silver Coin3. Shoulda Been a Wedding4. Pearl Buttons5. Country Noise6. Howl7. Broadway8. Old Enough To Look Back

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MakeWar out next month

Records MakeWar out next month

Posted Sept. 24, 2016, 10:11 p.m.

Red Scare Industries will release Developing a Theory of Integrity next month on October 7. The "Brooklyn by way of Venezuela and Colombia" band have a video for the song ...

New collab between Theologian and Lament Cityscape

Records New collab between Theologian and Lament Cityscape

Posted Sept. 22, 2016, 9:09 p.m.

Lament Cityscape have teamed up with Theologian for the collaborative Soft Tissue full-length, out Oct. 21 on Battleground Records and Annihilvs Power Electronix. The record combines both current and former ...

LAMENT CITYSCAPE and THEOLOGIAN Live:10/20/2016 191 Toole - Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror FestOn Soft Tissue, LAMENT CITYSCAPE was:Mike McClatchey - lyrics, vocals, guitars, bass, drum programming, samplesTHEOLOGIAN was:Lee M. Bartow - lyrics, vocals, synthDavid Brenner - lyrics, vocals, samples, field recordingsGretchen Heinel - additional vocalsDaniel Kauffman - synth, analog synth

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Descendents @ First Avenue

Posted Sept. 21, 2016, 9:21 p.m. by Loren

Descendents, Modern Life Is War, Color TV First Avenue Minneapolis, MN September 15, 2016 The only people luckier than those who get to see the Descendents are those who get ...

Fat Wrecked 25 @ The Myth

Posted Sept. 2, 2015, 9:32 p.m. by Loren

NOFX, Lagwagon, Dillinger Four, Strung Out, Swingin' Utters, The Flatliners, Masked Intruder, toyGuitar, Bad Cop/Bad Cop The Myth Maplewood, MN August 28, 2015     No review, see photo gallery ...

Radioactivity @ Triple Rock

Posted July 29, 2015, 8:55 p.m. by Loren

Radioactivity, Birthday Suits, Butcher’s Union Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN July 22, 2015   It’s nice to live in a city where some great out of town bands have ...

Ex Hex, Tweens @ Triple Rock

Posted July 24, 2015, 3:29 p.m. by Loren

Ex Hex, Tweens, Pink Mink Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN July 20, 2015 I go to a lot of shows. Sometimes it’s nice to be surprised, and that’s what ...

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