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Loren's last content update – May 26, 2016, 8:27 p.m.

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The Falcon - Gather Up the Chaps album cover

The Falcon

Gather Up the Chaps, 2016

9.0 / 10

The Falcon are a curious band: a collection of rogue Chicagoans (now with Dave Hause as well), lead vocalist Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms) seems to get the most attention ...

Various Artists - Crab Legs/Not Half Bad - Dorks/Nerds album cover

Various Artists

Crab Legs/Not Half Bad - Dorks/Nerds, 2015

8.0 / 10

Spanning the country’s geography north and south, this split from Fargo, ND’s Crab Legs and Fort Worth, TX’s Not Half Bad is a snippet of the varied sounds of the ...

Various Artists - Radon/Worthwhile Way - split 7" album cover

Various Artists

Radon/Worthwhile Way - split 7", 2015

7.3 / 10
200 Words Or Less

Radon has never really done a lot for me. The melodies are nice but it really never strikes a chord one way or the other. In “Headaches and Bullshit,” it’s ...

Shadow in the Cracks - Shadow in the Cracks album cover

Shadow in the Cracks

Shadow in the Cracks, 2015

7.3 / 10

What does it mean when a three-piece band has a spin-off two-piece? While the premonition is that drama is afoot for member number three, that’s probably overthinking it. At least ...

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Bad Cop/Bad Cop

One Question Interviews Bad Cop/Bad Cop

Posted April 27, 2016, 11:51 p.m.

Stacey Dee (Bad Cop/Bad Cop) SPB: How did you hook up with Fat? Dee: I was playing pool with Fat Mike after a Loved Ones show that my old ...

The Blind Pets

One Question Interviews The Blind Pets

Posted April 27, 2016, 11:49 p.m.

Joshua Loggan (The Blind Pets – guitar/vocals) SPB: What do you like to do on a tour off-day? Loggan: Anything outdoors! I absolutely love to swim or see something new ...


One Question Interviews Moonraker

Posted April 27, 2016, 11:48 p.m.

Nick Sucks (Moonraker – bass/vocals) SPB: Basements or bars? Both. They both have their appeals and drawbacks. Basements are normally DIY and all ages, essentially a subterranean house show. Since ...


One Question Interviews Phobia

Posted April 27, 2016, 11:44 p.m.

Shane Mclachlan (Phobia) SPB: What is the most thankless job in the music industry? Mclachlan: Well, as for me being a vocalist, I'm the guy everybody wants to talk ...

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SPB & Coin Toss Records giveaway!

Site News SPB & Coin Toss Records giveaway!

Scene Point Blank is pleased to work with Coin Toss Records on a new giveaway that features the entire label catalog, #s 1-8. That includes the DSGNS/Venomspitter split we ...

CTR1: Sick Symptom - Demo
CTR2-: Ends Meet - Nothing To Show
CTR3: Killer Shades - No Comply
CTR4: Spirits – s/t
CTR5: Drug Control – s/t
CTR6: The Record Collection - Revolutions
CTR7: DSGNS/Venomspitter - split
CTR8: Spirits/Die Faster - split
Visitors can also to enter to win by clicking on our COMPETITIONS tab at the top of the page.

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SPB exclusive: Go White Bronco - Population: Ghost Town

Records SPB exclusive: Go White Bronco - Population: Ghost Town

Scene Point Blank is premiering Population: Ghost Town, the first full-length from longtime Long Island collaborative group Go White Bronco. The new record is set to release on May 6 ...

The album releases in physical format on May 6 and will be released digitally on June 3.

Go White Bronco is:
Lubrano - vocals, guitar (Iron Chic, Wax Phantom, etc.)
Lou - vocals, guitar (Fellow Project, On the Might of Princes)
Pipes - vocals, guitar
Paul - vocals, bass (Splurge)
Kenny - percussion (Ancient Tongue)
Guests Musicians:
Ian - vocals (he recorded the album)
Justin - keyboards (Bearchild, Deep Pockets)

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Get Dead this July

Records Get Dead this July

Posted May 26, 2016, 8:27 p.m.

On July 29, Fat Wreck Chords will unveil a new Get Dead offering to the world, a full-length titled Honestly Lives Elsewhere. Later in the year the band is scheduled ...

Relapse signs The Obsessed

Labels Relapse signs The Obsessed

Posted May 26, 2016, 6:03 p.m.

A reformed The Obsessed, originally founded in 1976 by Scott "Wino" Weinrich, have signed to Relapse Records for a new album and will also be hitting the road this summer ...

May26 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room28 - Denver, CO - 3 Kings30 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon31 - Portland, OR - Dante's
June2 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's3 - Los Angeles, CA - Complex4 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick5 - Phoenix, AZ - Club Red7 - Austin, TX - Dirty Dog8 - Ft. Worth, TX - Tomcats West9 - Houston, TX - Walter's10 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia11 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn

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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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