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Loren's last content update – July 29, 2015, 2:43 p.m.

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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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The Splits

II, 2015

6.5 / 10

I really like Dirtnap Records, but they can’t all be winners. The Splits start off II with a really positive vibe in “Rotten Me,” with a powerful and familiar rock ...

Underground Railroad To Candyland - The People Are Home album cover

Underground Railroad To Candyland

The People Are Home, 2015

8.3 / 10

I wasn’t sure what to make of Underground Railroad to Candyland when I first saw them. They were a very new band, but the style was off-kilter and different than ...

Red Dons & TV Smith - A Vote For the Unknown album cover

Red Dons & TV Smith

A Vote For the Unknown, 2014

7.7 / 10

Red Dons are a band I’ve meant to check out for some time. As a reviewer, perhaps I’m supposed to go check out the whole back catalog, but I often ...

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The Space Merchants

One Question Interviews The Space Merchants

Posted July 11, 2015, 12:15 a.m.

Michael Guggino (The Space Merchants) SPB: What is your primary tour food? We really don't have a primary tour food, though we are very into food. We always like ...


One Question Interviews Tidemouth

Posted July 11, 2015, 12:09 a.m.

Mike Kilker (Tidemouth-vocals) SPB: What do you think of bands playing an entire album as a tour concept? Kilker: I love when bands that haven't toured in a while ...

Laura Stevenson

One Question Interviews Laura Stevenson

Posted July 11, 2015, 12:06 a.m.

Laura Stevenson SPB: What is the biggest thing you’ve learned about performance since moving to a solo approach? Stevenson: So the biggest thing I've learned about performance since ...

Invisible Things

One Question Interviews Invisible Things

Posted July 11, 2015, 12:01 a.m.

Jim Sykes (Invisible Things-drums) SPB: n songwriting, how do you draw the line between taking influence and mimicking? Sykes: Honestly I think bands should be sued if they cop someone ...

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New Night Birds out soon

Records New Night Birds out soon

Posted July 29, 2015, 2:43 p.m.

Fat Wreck Chords has announced a new LP from Night Birds out Oct. 2. The new record, titled Mutiny at Muscle Beach, is their third full-length and first for Fat ...

MP3s Listen to new Deep Pockets song

Posted July 28, 2015, 10:15 p.m.

New York's Deep Pockets have posted a new song, "Nice Life," from their upcoming 7" EP on Dead Broke Rekerds. Listen to the song here: Nice Life by Deep ...

Puscifer's Money Shot

Records Puscifer's Money Shot

Posted July 28, 2015, 9:58 p.m.

Puscifer, featuring Tool's Maynard James Keenan, has announced their third full-length, Money Shot, which drops on Oct 30 on their own Puscifer Entertainment. The record is 10 songs in ...

New Kylesa this October

Records New Kylesa this October

Posted July 28, 2015, 12:31 p.m.

Kylesa has announced Exhausting Fire, their seventh album, will release on Oct. 2 on Season of Mist. The Savannah, GA band will embark on a US tour starting in late ...

Tour Dates8/29 in Durham, NC at Motorco8/31 in Charlottesville, Va at The Southern9/1 in New York, NY at Gramercy Theater9/2 in Montreal, QC at Cafe Campus9/3 in Toronto, ON at Mod Club Theater9/4 in Chicago, IL at Reggie's9/5 in St. Louis, MO at Ready Room9/6 in Louisville, KY at Zanzabar9/7 in Augusta, GA at Sky City10/6 in St. Petersburg, FL at State Theatre10/7 in Miami, FL at Grand Central10/8 in Orlando, FL at The Social10/9 in Savannah, GA at Jinx10/10 in Asheville, NC at New Mountain10/13 in Columbus, OH at The Basement10/14 in Grand Rapids, MI at Pyramid Scheme10/16 in Cleveland, OH at Grog Shop10/17 in Pittsburgh, PA at Altar Bar10/19 in Boston, MA at Brighton Music Hall10/20 in Philadelphia, PA at Black Box at Underground Arts10/23 in Richmond, VA at The Broadberry10/24 in Washington, DC at Rock & Roll Hotel10/25 in Atlanta, GA at The Drunken Unicorn11/6 in Pomona, CA at The Glass House11/7 in Los Angeles, CA at The Fonda Theatre11/8 in San Francisco, CA at The Fillmore11/10 in San Diego, CA at The Irenic11/11 in Phoenix, AZ at Club Red11/13 in Austin, TX at Red 711/14 in Houston, TX at Warehouse Live11/15 in Dallas, TX at The Prophet Bar11/17 in Colorado Springs, CO at The Black Sheep11/18 in Denver, CO at Summit Music Hall11/19 in Salt Lake City, UT at The Complex11/20 in Boise, ID at Neurolux11/21 in Portland, OR at Hawthorne Theatre11/22 in Seattle, WA at The Crocodile

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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 ...

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 ...

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