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Loren's last content update – Dec. 20, 2014, 10:13 a.m.

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The Smith Street Band - Throw Me in the River album cover

The Smith Street Band

Throw Me in the River, 2014

8.0 / 10

Summarizing The Smith Street Band is a bit difficult. While I want to lump them in with folk-punk, that’s only true in song structure. There’s far too much electric guitar ...

The Tim Version - Ordinary Life album cover

The Tim Version

Ordinary Life, 2014

7.8 / 10

The Tim Version’s set at Fest 12 was slower. The songs were drawn out—still loud, and angry—but they were a notch slower, going for expansive and big instead of that ...

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 ...

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Specialist Subject Records

One Question Interviews Specialist Subject Records

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 2:20 a.m.

Andrew (Specialist Subject Records, Bangers) SPB: Do any of your musician friends have tinnitus? Andrew: I've actually had tinnitus for nearly 10 years and I can pin point the ...

American Scarecrows

One Question Interviews American Scarecrows

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 2:15 a.m.

Allen Maier (American Scarecrows, drums) SPB: Do you wear earplugs when you play? Why/why not? Maier: I have heard people say they wish they took better care of their ...

His Dream of Lions

One Question Interviews His Dream of Lions

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 2:13 a.m.

His Dream of Lions SPB: Assign each member of your band to a character in The Breakfast Club. His Dream of Lions: Colby - Criminal - He thinks his hair cut is ...

Teen Death

One Question Interviews Teen Death

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 2:07 a.m.

James Goodson (Teen Death, guitar/vocals) SPB: Who is your favorite band to see live? Goodson: I think my favorite band to see live is AFI. Not only are they ...

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SPB exclusive stream: Attendant

Records SPB exclusive stream: Attendant

This month Scene Point Blank is excited to host a new record from Philadelphia's Attendant, Freaking Out, on Salinas Records. To use Salinas' words, "Attendant is punk band from ...


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Bands New project from Kaern Crisis

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 10:13 a.m.

Karyn Crisis (Crisis, Ephel Duath) has released the first song from her new project Kartn Crisis' Gospel of the Witches, whose debut, Salem's Wounds, will released on March 10 ...

Salem's Wounds track listing:
1. Omphalos
2. The Alchemist
3. Ancient Ways
4. Aradia
5. Mother
6. Father
7. Goddess Of Light
8. Howl At The Moon
9. Pillars
10. The Secret
11. Salem's Wounds
12. The Sword And The Stone
13. The Ascent

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La Dispute joined by Title Fight for tour

Tours La Dispute joined by Title Fight for tour

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 2:30 p.m.

This spring La Dispute and Title Fight will hit the road on a co-headlining tour. La Dispute released Rooms of the House earlier this year.  Dates are below.

Tour Dates:3/21 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's3/23 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade3/24 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle3/25 - Washington, DC @ Howard Theater3/26 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer3/27 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall3/29 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club3/31 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar4/01 - Toronto, ONT @ Phoenix Theater4/03 - Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot4/05 - Chicago, IL @ The Metro

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Volar Records update

Labels Volar Records update

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 2:25 p.m.

Volar Records, out of San Diego has released two new vinyl items. 1) a 7" from Kansas City's Lazy, who are touring next month, and 2) a 12" from ...

Lazy Tour Dates:1/17 Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge1/18 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room1/23 Kansas City, MO @ Vandals2/20 Kansas City, MO @ Mini Bar3/13 Tulsa, OK @ Soundpony3/14 Denton, TX @ I35 Fest3/15 Springfield, MO @ Outland
TIT Tour Dates:
1/22 Omaha, NB @ O'Leavers
The Hussy Tour Dates:1/10 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock w/ Gay Witch Abortion, Teenage Moods3/7 Madison, WI @ Crystal Corner Bar w/ Dumb Beach3/27 Chicago, IL @ TBA3/28 Cincinnati, OH @ Maudies w/ Black Planet

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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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