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Loren's last content update – March 30, 2015, 8:11 p.m.

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Swami John & The Blind Shake - Modern Surf Classics album cover

Swami John & The Blind Shake

Modern Surf Classics, 2015

9.0 / 10

When it was announced that John Reis (Night Marchers, Rocket From the Crypt, Hot Snakes) was collaborating with The Blind Shake, it was expected that the combo would pack a ...

Chokecherry - The Future Was a Long Time Ago album cover


The Future Was a Long Time Ago, 2015

7.3 / 10

Expect adjectives. Adjectives and hyphens. For, you see, Chokecherry are a punk band that doesn’t play punk songs. I guess folk-punk is the subgenre tag du jour, but that term ...

The Dwarves - Gentleman Blag album cover

The Dwarves

Gentleman Blag, 2015

7.0 / 10

I know what you’re thinking? Why has it already been five months without a new Dwarves release? Never fear, the long-running goodtime smutlovers are back, this time with a 4-song ...

The Capitalist Kids - At A Loss album cover

The Capitalist Kids

At A Loss, 2014

7.2 / 10

The sound comparisons are undeniable when it comes to talking about The Capitalist Kids and their affinity for 1980s-era Lookout Records pop-punk. But the Austin, TX band does have a ...

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Strawberry Runners

One Question Interviews Strawberry Runners

Posted March 18, 2015, 11:57 p.m.

Emi Knight (Strawberry Runners) SPB: What was the inspiration to start the band? Knight: The inspiration to start the band really began with living in Bloomington, Indiana, where most of ...

Rat Storm

One Question Interviews Rat Storm

Posted March 18, 2015, 11:55 p.m.

Nathalie Haurberg (Rat Storm/Closet Burner/Reality is a Cult Records) SPB: Do you wear earplugs when you play? Why/why not? Haurberg: I don't wear earplugs. I sometimes ...

Jon McKiel

One Question Interviews Jon McKiel

Posted March 18, 2015, 11:49 p.m.

Jon McKiel SPB: Do you get nervous before you play a show? McKiel: Yes, but it really depends on whether I've played the room before, how much practice the ...

Mikey Erg

One Question Interviews Mikey Erg

Posted March 10, 2015, 11:32 p.m.

Mikey Erg SPB: Do you get nervous before you play a show? Erg: For the most part I'm usually more excited than nervous. Sometimes I can get a little ...

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Records Shockwave Record Store Day discography

Posted March 30, 2015, 12:15 p.m.

Organized Crime Records are releasing a vinyl discography collection of the works of Shockwave this Record Store Day, April 18. Titled The World Is Ours, the 40 song double LP ...

Groezrock finalizes line-up

Shows Groezrock finalizes line-up

Posted March 30, 2015, 11:57 a.m.

Belgium punk rock festival Groezrock has finalized the 2015 line-up, with the addition of Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Loved Ones, Nasty, and Brutus, in addition to previously announced headliners such ...

RareBreed Recording to launch

Labels RareBreed Recording to launch

Posted March 28, 2015, 11:50 a.m.

Reggae/ske start-up label RareBreed Recording Co. has announced plans to start with a series of flexi-disc singles and LPS from a number of established genre performers such as Anthony ...

Hear Spirits cover the Cranberries

MP3s Hear Spirits cover the Cranberries

Posted March 28, 2015, 10:13 a.m.

Spirits have debut "Paid for Hate" from their May 5 release Discontent, which will be available later from State of Mind Recordings (USA) and Reality Records (Europe). The new song ...

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Swami John & The Blind Shake @ Turf Club

Posted March 2, 2015, 12:48 p.m. by Loren

Bombay Sweets, Pink Mink, Swami John & The Blind Shake Turf Club St. Paul, MN February 19, 2015   No review, see photo gallery below.

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 ...

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