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Loren's last content update – Feb. 11, 2016, 12:14 p.m.

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The Hussy - Galore album cover

The Hussy

Galore, 2015

8.0 / 10

Why have children when I can just listen to my music and watch the bands change and grow instead? First they learned to stumble, then to walk, and finally to ...

Tymon Dogg - Made Of Light album cover

Tymon Dogg

Made Of Light, 2015

6.7 / 10

Sometimes you follow a musician for years, only to learn something that should have stood out at the start. Today’s lesson is Tymon Dogg, related subject: Joe Strummer & the ...

Loud Boyz - Tough Love, Hard Feelings album cover

Loud Boyz

Tough Love, Hard Feelings, 2015

8.5 / 10

Before I get started I’m going to dish out a rare complement. Loud Boyz have a good, fitting name. Even the record title, Tough Love, Hard Feelings is apt of ...

Basement Benders - Lydiad album cover

Basement Benders

Lydiad, 2015

8.5 / 10

Side projects aren’t supposed to invite other band comparisons, they’re supposed to separate, to show artisticrange. Who are we kidding here? Basement Benders is a punk project out of members ...

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Crab Legs

One Question Interviews Crab Legs

Posted Jan. 27, 2016, 6:45 p.m.

BJ Moore (Crab Legs) SPB: What’s the biggest secret about the Fargo scene (unbeknownst to outsiders)? Moore: So, that question could be answered numerous ways, but since every member ...


One Question Interviews toyGuitar

Posted Jan. 27, 2016, 6:42 p.m.

Jack (toyGuitar) SPB: What’s the story behind your name? Jack: There isn't much backstory on this one. I think I stole the idea of the name "toy guitar ...

Flannel Gurl Records

One Question Interviews Flannel Gurl Records

Posted Jan. 22, 2016, 12:05 a.m.

Jonathan Ashwell (Flannel Gurl Records) SPB: What is your favorite record store? How did you discover it? Ashwell: Like coffee shops where ever we go, we try to visit any ...


One Question Interviews Grade

Posted Jan. 22, 2016, 12:03 a.m.

Kyle Bishop (Grade) SPB: Who is your favorite 1970s artist? Bishop: Black Sabbath

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SPB exclusive: Friedemann's Wer Hören Will Muss Schweigen

Records SPB exclusive: Friedemann's Wer Hören Will Muss Schweigen

Out on Jan. 29, Scene Point Blank is please to bring the brand new Wer Hören Will Muss Schweigen from Germany’s Friedemann, his second album. The record follows ...


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Labels Red Scare updates, The Falcon tours

Posted Feb. 11, 2016, 12:14 p.m.

Red Scare Industries has posted tour dates for both The Falcon and The Lippies, who both have spring releases on the label. For more info, see below. Also, here's ...

The Falcon and The Lippies:
3/31 - Boston, MA @ Middle East4/1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy4/2 - Long Branch, NJ @ Brighton Bar4/3 - New York City, NY @ Shea Stadium4/4 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar4/5 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose4/6 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop4/7 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Cafe4/8 - Chicago, IL @ Double Door4/9 - St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill4/10 - Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge
The Lippies (with The Copyrights and Ray Rocket):
5/12 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club5/13 - Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge5/14 - St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill5/15 - Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn5/17 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Cafe5/18 - London, ON @ Call The Office5/19 - Toronto, ON @ Bovine Sex Club5/20 - Hamilton, ON @ Club Absinthe5/21 - Montreal, QC @ Pouzza Fest5/22 - Barrie, ON @ Roxy Side Room5/24 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose 5/25 - Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club5/26 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's5/27 - Ft. Wayne, IN @ Brass Rail5/28 - Howell, MI @ Bled Fest5/29 - Lombard, IL @ Brauerhouse

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Bands Lament Cityscape remixes The Torn

Posted Feb. 11, 2016, 9:58 a.m.

Oakland doom duo Lament Cityscape will release a remix album, Turn Outward, based off their 7-song The Torn from last year. The remix album releases digitally on Feb. 19.

Turn Outward Track Listing:1. Turn Inward [rRhexis Remix]2. Turn Inward [Godhunter Remix]3. Turn Inward [Achromaticist Remix]4. The Final Son [Overhold Remix]5. Drawn In Turn [Neurospora Remix]6. Turn Inward [Dipped In Gold Remix]7: This Has Always Been [Uhluhn Remix]

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Manipulate EP

MP3s Manipulate EP

Posted Feb. 10, 2016, 9:48 p.m.

Manipulate's latest EP, Becoming Madness, is streaming at Lambgoat now, prior to being officially released this Friday Feb. 12 on Flatspot Records. The 6-song EP was recorded in 20 ...

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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 ...

Shonen Knife, CJ Ramone @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Posted June 14, 2015, 6:28 p.m. by Loren

Shonen Knife, CJ Ramone, L’Assassins Amsterdam Bar & Hall St. Paul, MN June 10, 2015   Amsterdam is a venue that’s not new by any means, but still feels to ...

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