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Loren's last content update – Oct. 1, 2015, 8:36 p.m.

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Tit - Tit album cover


Tit, 2014

7.0 / 10
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So I’m a fan of The Hussy. People who read this site have (hopefully) picked up on that. Well, TIT is a two piece with Bobby Hussy and Shawn Foree ...

Radioactivity - Silent Kill album cover


Silent Kill, 2015

8.8 / 10

These guys know how to start off a record, with the rapid fire “Battered” pummeling with riffage for the first minute and then Jeff Burke’s familiar vocals chime in and ...

Boilerman - Boilerman album cover


Boilerman, 2015

8.0 / 10
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It took me 8 minutes to listen, so it should 8 minutes to write it too. Or, something. Really that’s just a bad Futurama reference so I can “cleverly” say ...

Great Cynics - I Feel Weird album cover

Great Cynics

I Feel Weird, 2015

7.4 / 10

Naming a record I Feel Weird is a statement about the psyche of Great Cynics, and an applicable one at that (for the band, not necessarily the members). The band’s ...

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Wonk Unit

One Question Interviews Wonk Unit

Posted Sept. 30, 2015, 12:18 a.m.

Alex (Wonk Unit) SPB: How do you describe the band’s changes from Day One into what it is today, sound-wise? Alex: The biggest change is a total reversal in ...


One Question Interviews Pigs

Posted Sept. 30, 2015, 12:13 a.m.

Dave Curran (Pigs, Unsane) SPB: What’s the first thing you do when you get home after a long tour? Curran: I curl up in fetal position and sleep for ...

Undesirable People

One Question Interviews Undesirable People

Posted Sept. 30, 2015, 12:11 a.m.

Jon Lebiecki (Undesirable People) SPB: Winter touring: yes or now (and why/got any stories)? Lebiecki: Yes, absolutely. Simply because we’ve got a sick record coming out on 12 ...

Caustic Casanova

One Question Interviews Caustic Casanova

Posted Sept. 30, 2015, 12:03 a.m.

Francis Beringer (Caustic Casanova) SPB: Do you get nerves before you play a show? Beringer: Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I used to get nerves before every show, now it happens ...

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SPB exclusive stream: Khmer/Livstid split

Records SPB exclusive stream: Khmer/Livstid split

This month SPB has teamed up with Halo of Flies (US), Disiplin Media (Norway), and Long Legs Long Arms (Japan) to stream the new split from Khmer and Livstid, 1 ...

Pre-orders are available now from all three labels: Halo of Flies, Disiplin Media, and Long Legs Long Arms.

KHMER east coast / midwest tour dates (all dates with Unihabitable - NC, USA)
November1 Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron2 Philadelphia, PA3 Baltimore, MD @ Side Bar4 Richmond, VA @ The 25 Watt 5 off6 Asheville, NC @The Odditorium 7 Cincinnati, OH8 Chicago @ Rancho Huevos 9 Pittsburgh @ City Grows 10 Albany, NY 11 Manchester, NH12 Providence @ The Funky Jungle13 Boston @ Reptile Room

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Records Hear two new VVEGAS songs here

VVEGAS, featuring frequent SPB contributor T, has a new limited edition EP coming out. The explorative hardcore band is streaming two new songs over at bandcamp, also embedded right here ...

For further background on the band, here are their own words:

Vegas gave life to their artistic vision shortly after the dawn of the new millennium. With creative fires ignited by the physically confrontational nature of Japanese punks G.I.S.M. via the unrepentant early-80's ferocity of bands like Life's Blood and Negative Approach, the group channels their raw metallic attack through the intense apocalyptic tenets of the "HT" hardcore spearheaded in the 90's by the legendary Integrity (whose enigmatic frontman Dwid joins forces with vocalist and lyricist T on "Rhythm of Decline"). Such musical aesthetics and abstract introspective lyrical explorations seem to have been all but forgotten by today's contemporary breed, while thriving in the subversive climate of Vegas' allegiance to branching out from the foundations of traditional metallic hardcore by undertaking calculated experiments with avant-garde dynamics reminiscent of fringe acts such as Throbbing Gristle or flirtations with apocalyptic folk, indicating the band’s diverse potential. Expanding on some of their darker and more somber interests in Roses Never Fade - a side project that includes members of Integrity and Pale Creation - ensuring that the focus of Vegas remains rooted in the bitter pessimism and base aggression that should appeal to any fan of traditional, no-holds-barred metallic hardcore.

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Riverboat Gamblers release a new single

Bands Riverboat Gamblers release a new single

Posted Oct. 1, 2015, 8:36 p.m.

Riverboat Gamblers will release a new two song singe and hit the road this month, including a stopover at Fest 14. The new single features A-side "Time To Let Her ...

Riverboat Gamblers on tour!Oct 07 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress Oct 08 San Diego, CA - The HideoutOct 09 Thousand Oaks, CA - BorderlineOct 10 San Bernardino, CA - It's Not Dead FestOct 11 Las Vegas, NV - Beauty BarOct 12 Tempe, AZ - Yucca Tap RoomOct 13 Albuquerque, NM - Low SpiritsOct 14 San Antonio, TX - KorovaOct 28 New Orleans, LA - Siberia Nola (w/ Broken Gold)Oct 29 Tampa, FL - Tequilas (Inside) (Pre-The Fest w/ Underground Railroad To Candyland, Beach Slang, Meat Wave, The Creeps, Tim Barry, and more)Oct 30 Gainesville, FL - Cowboys (The Fest)Oct 31 Atlantic Beach, FL - Harbor Tavern (w/ Broken Gold) Nov 02 Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall (w/ Lagwagon, Runaway Kids, Pears, Broken Gold)Dec. 11 - Corpus Christi, TX - House of Rock (w/ Broken Gold)Dec. 12th - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds (w/ Broken Gold)

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Radioactivity runs down the West Coast

Tours Radioactivity runs down the West Coast

Posted Oct. 1, 2015, 3:33 p.m.

Dirtnap Records' band Radioactivity have hit the road for a West Coast juany in support of this year's Silent Kill. The band, fronted by Jeff Burke (the Marked Men ...

10/8 Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge 10/9 Vancouver, BC @ Cobalt 10/10 Victoria, BC @ Wheelie's Motorcycles 10/11 Portland, OR @ Panic Room 10/13 Santa Rosa, CA @ The Arlene Francis Center10/14 San Francisco, CA @ the Hemlock Tavern10/15 Oakland, CA @ 1-2-3-4 Go10/16 San Pedro, CA @ San Pedro Brewing Co10/17 Pamona, @ VLHS 10/18 San Diego @ Soda Bar

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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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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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