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Built To Spill - Untethered Moon album cover

Built To Spill

Untethered Moon, 2015

7.5 / 10

Calling Untethered Moon guitar rock is somewhere to start. While the band takes their chops from the 1990s alternative boom, the defining moments of their songs come out of the ...

Summer Cannibals - Show Us Your Mind album cover

Summer Cannibals

Show Us Your Mind, 2015

7.0 / 10

I know I’d already read the band’s bio, but I think I would have guessed Pacific Northwest anyway. There’s just something dreary and with a bi to’ sunshine about Summer ...

Western Settings - Yes It Is album cover

Western Settings

Yes It Is, 2015

7.1 / 10

When listening to a band you’ve never heard of, it’s a lot easier to make all those “sounds like” comments. Whether that’s why I think Western Settings sounds so much ...

Pears - Go To Prison album cover


Go To Prison, 2014

8.2 / 10

Naming an album is something of a branding concept. Yes, it’s also artistic, but occasionally those two worlds collide, even if we don’t want to admit it.Go To Prison is ...

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Call of the Void

One Question Interviews Call of the Void

Posted April 26, 2015, 12:05 a.m.

Patrick Alberts (Call of the Void) SPB: What do you think of (the return of) cassettes? Alberts: I find the return of cassettes to be awesome. There is nothing I ...

What Tyrants

One Question Interviews What Tyrants

Posted April 26, 2015, 12:01 a.m.

Sean Schultz (What Tyrants) SPB: What venue is your favorite to play (and why)? Schultz: Our favorite venue to play would have to be the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis ...

No Hands

One Question Interviews No Hands

Posted April 25, 2015, 11:57 p.m.

No HandsSPB: Who is the most underrated Canadian band?  No Hands: Our consensus on the most underrated Canadian bands is: Current: What Seas, What Shores They ...

Urban Scandal Records

One Question Interviews Urban Scandal Records

Posted April 16, 2015, 12:38 a.m.

Stephen (Urban Scandal Records) SPB: How do you typically find the bands you sign to the label? Stephen: I would say I generally find bands that I want to work ...

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New Tenement song

Videos New Tenement song

Posted April 24, 2015, 1:53 p.m.

Milwaukee punk band Tenement have premiered a video for "Dull Joy" off their soon to come new LP, their first new studio LP in four years. A double record, Predatory ...

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Stanley and the Search join Animal Style

Labels Stanley and the Search join Animal Style

Posted April 24, 2015, 10:56 a.m.

Los Angeles band Stanley and the Search will release a new EP this summe ron Animal style Records. The upcoming EP was recorded by producer Kyle Black (New Found Glory ...

Stanley and the Search May Tour
MAY 01 - Anaheim, CA @ Malones
MAY 02 - Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro (Side Room)
MAY 03 - Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe
MAY 04 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
MAY 05 - Missoula, MT @ Stage 112
MAY 07 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Biggs
MAY 08 - Lacrosse, WI @ Warehouse
MAY 09 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Fallout
MAY 10 - Chicago, IL @ Fizz
MAY 11 - Kent, OH @ The Outpost
MAY 12 - Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar
MAY 13 - Montreal, QC @ Foufones
MAY 14 - Providence, RI @ Simons 677
MAY 15 - Brooklyn, NY @ Coco 66
MAY 16 - Allentown, PA @ Planet Trog
MAY 17 - Springfield, VA @ Empire
MAY 18 - Charleston, SC @ Bobcat Music
MAY 19 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
MAY 20 - Ocala, FL @ Vertigo
MAY 21 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
MAY 24 - Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
MAY 25 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
MAY 26 - Dallas, TX @ Sons of Herman Hall

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Author & Punisher on tour

Tours Author & Punisher on tour

Posted April 24, 2015, 9:49 a.m.

One-man industrial+ project Author & Punisher is hitting the road tonight with 16 stops along the way. Author & Punisher will released a currently untitled new album for Housecore Records later this ...

4/24/2015 Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR                        
4/25/2015 Funky Winkerbeans - Vancouver, BC                
4/26/2015 Barboza - Seattle, WA                               
4/28/2015 The Pin - Spokane, WA                             
4/29/2015 Neurolux - Boise, ID                  
4/30/2015 Area 51 - Salt Lake City, UT                     
5/01/2015 Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO                
5/03/2015 Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN                        
5/05/2015 Reggie's - Chicago, IL                
5/07/2015 Fat Baby - New York, NY                          
5/08/2015 O'Brien's Pub - Allston, MA                      
5/09/2015 Kung Fu Necktie- Philadelphia, PA                      
5/11/2015 Blue Nile - New Orleans, LA                   
5/12/2015 Holy Mountain - Austin, TX                    
5/13/2015 Low Spirits Bar & Stage - Albuquerque, NM
5/15/2015 Psycho California 2015 - Santa Ana, CA
5/16/2015 Psycho California 2015 - Santa Ana, CA          
5/17/2015 Psycho California 2015 - Santa Ana, CA  

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Aeges opening for Local H

Tours Aeges opening for Local H

Posted April 23, 2015, 3:17 p.m.

Aeges have announced a tour in support of Local H. The band last released Above & Down Below on The Mylene Sheath. Dates are as follows.

Aeges Live w/ Local HJune 12th Ferndale, MI @ The Loving TruthJune 13th Cleveland, OH @ The Grog ShopJune 14th Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon ClubJune 16th Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13June 17th Allston, MA @ The Great ScottJune 18th Pawtucket, RI @ The MetJune 19th Brooklyn, NY @ Saint VitusJune 20th Washington, DC @ Rock n' Roll HotelJune 22nd Carrboro, NC @ The Cat's CradleJune 23rd Asheville, NC @ The MothliteJune 24th Atlanta, GA @ The MasqueradeJune 25th Birmingham, AL @ SaturnJune 26th Nashville, TN @ Exit/InJune 27th Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie'sJune 30th Green Bay, WI @ The Lyric RoomJuly 1st Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest

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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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