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Loren's last content update – Nov. 21, 2014, 8:26 p.m.

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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 ...

Various Artists - Low Culture-Needles//Pins - split 7" album cover

Various Artists

Low Culture-Needles//Pins - split 7", 2014

8.8 / 10

I’ve probably said this before for those 3 people who read all of my reviews, but I feel that the 7” is one of the hardest items to review. Not ...

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Loose Planes

One Question Interviews Loose Planes

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 11:47 p.m.

Luke Schwartz (Loose Planes, vocals) SPB: What is the worst stereotype you encounter when strangers discover you’re in a band?  Schwartz: The worst stereotype I encounter when people find ...


One Question Interviews Barshasketh

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 11:44 p.m.

Krigeist (Barshasketh) SPB: What are the origins for the name of the band?  Krigeist: Barshasketh was something I read years ago in an occult text around the time I was ...

Culture Abuse

One Question Interviews Culture Abuse

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 11:42 p.m.

David Vincent Kelling (Culture Abuse, vocals) SPB: What is most ridiculous sub-genre name you’ve heard? Kelling: Calling something a sub genre is fucking ridiculous in general, still rock and ...


One Question Interviews Niklas

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 11:40 p.m.

Niklas (Ef) SPB: If you had your choice, which guest musician would you want to feature on an album? EF: Have always put a lot of interest in arranging strings ...

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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 ...

Screaming Females will release Rose Mountain

Records Screaming Females will release Rose Mountain

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 8:26 p.m.

On Feb. 24, New Jersey's Screaming Females will release a new LP, their sixth studio effort, titled Rose Mountain. The new LP will be issued on Feb. 24 and ...

Rose Mountain Track Listing
1. Empty Head2. Ripe3. Wishing Well4. Burning Car5. Broken Neck6. Rose Mountain7. Hopeless8. Triumph9. It's Not Fair10. Criminal Image

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Book combines 1940s-1950s prisons and music

Music News Book combines 1940s-1950s prisons and music

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 8:22 p.m.

A new book/CD package titled Parchman Farm: Photographs and Field Recordings was released earlier this month on Dust-to-Digital. The project includes a 124-page hardcover book along with 77 photographs ...

DISC 1: 1947-'48 Work Songs and Hollers
1. Jimpson and Group - "Murderer's Home"
2. 88 and Group - "Rosie" *
3. 22 and Group - "It Makes A Long Time Man Feel Bad"
4. 88 - "Whoa Buck"
5. Tangle Eye, Hard Hat, 22, and Little Red - "When I Went to Leland"
6. Buzzard and group - "I'm Going to Memphis"
7. 22 and Group - "The Prettiest Train I Ever Saw"
8. 22 and Group - "John Henry"
9. Dan Barnes and Group - "John Old Alabama"
10. Foots - "Hollers"
11. Dobie Red and Group - "Stewball"
12. Bama - "Levee Camp Hollers"
13. Tangle Eye, Hard Hat, 22 and Little Red - "Early In the Morning"
14. Dobie Red and Group - "I Got A Bulldog (Well I Wonder)"
15. 22 and Group - "Dollar Mamie"
16. Bama - "Stackalee"
17. Dan Barnes and group - "I Don't Want No Jet Black Woman" *
18. Bull, Foots and Dobie Red - "Did You Hear About Louella Wallace"
19. Tangle Eye - "Tangle Eye's Blues"
20. 22 and Group - "Rosie"
21. Bama - "I'm Going Home"
22. Jimpson and Group - "No More My Lord"
23. Unidentified Group - "The Weather Get Warm" *
Disc 2: 1947-'48 Blues / 1959 Work Songs and Hollers
1. Floyd Batts - "Lucky Song"
2. Clarence Alexander - "Disability Boogie Woogie"
3. John Edwards and Group - "Berta" *
4. Clyde Jones and Group - "Poor Lazarus" *
5. John Dudley - "Cool Drink of Water Blues"
6. Ed Lewis - "Levee Camp Holler / Interview"
7. Ed Lewis and Group - "Black Gal"
8. Bama - "I Don't Want You Baby" *
9. Grover Wells and Group - "Rosie" *
10. Bridges Lee Cole - "Hollers"
11. John Dudley - "You Got a Mean Disposition"
12. John Dudley - "Big Road Blues"
13. Ervin Webb and Group - "I'm Going Home"
14. George Golden and Group - "Berta" *
15. Grover Wells - "Up the River" *
16. Clarence Alexander - "Prison Blues"
17. Johnny Lee Moore, Ed Lewis, James Carter, and Henry Mason - "Tom Devil"
18. Willie Washington - "My Jack Don't Drink No Water" *
19. Leroy Campbell and Yancey - "Sometimes I Wonder"
20. Henry Ratcliff - "Look for Me In Louisiana"
21. Heuston Earms - "Ain't Been Able to Get Home No More" *
*Previously unreleased.

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Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake

Bands Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 7:40 p.m.

John Reis (Rocket from the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes) is pairing with Minneapolis 3-piece The Blind Shake for an upcoming album called Modern Surf Classics, set for release ...

Track list:#1 Sea Saw#2 Dune Rider#3 Brown Room#4 Kooks On The Face#5 Dry Suit#6 Poseidon's Tears#7 Beach Leech#8 Zulu As Kono#9 The Lonely Sea Sweeper#10 Wet Greek#11 Hang 11#12 Over The Falls#13 Sets Of Fire
Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake -- 2015 Tour Dates2/12 -- San Francisco, CA -- Bottom of the Hill2/13 -- Los Angeles, CA -- The Satellite2/14 -- Long Beach, CA -- Alex's Bar2/15 -- San Diego, CA -- Casbah2/19 -- Minneapolis, MN -- Turf Club2/20 -- Milwaukee, WI -- Shank Hall2/21 -- Chicago, IL -- Empty Bottle2/25 -- Brooklyn, NY -- St. Vitus2/26 -- New York, NY -- Mercury Lounge2/27 -- Washington, DC -- Rock & Roll Hotel2/28 -- Philadelphia, PA -- Underground Arts: Black Box

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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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