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Loren's last content update – July 27, 2016, 11:37 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 exclusive: Dusteaters' Transhumanism

Records SPB exclusive: Dusteaters' Transhumanism

Scene Point Blank's featured July stream is an EP from Dusteaters, Transhumanism. Released on cassette on June 13 (Hip Kid Records), the Tokyo-based band play spacey garage rock with ...

Hip Kid Records is planning new LPs from Angry Gods and Cracked Vessel to come.
The record can be purchased here.
Photo by Jim Gies

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More Faith No More reissues in September

Records More Faith No More reissues in September

Posted July 27, 2016, 11:37 p.m.

On Sept. 9, Rhino Records will reissue both King For a Day...Fool For a Lifetime and Album of the Year, the final two studio albums before Faith No More ...

More fall dates for Signals Midwest

Tours More fall dates for Signals Midwest

Posted July 27, 2016, 10:07 a.m.

Signals Midwest have announced addition tour dates in support of the upcoming At This Age, out Sept. 2 on Tiny Engines. The current list of dates is included after the ...

Upcoming ShowsJUL 30 - Akron, OH @ Musica
AUG 05 - Kalamazoo, MI @ Fat Guy Fest w/ Bars of Gold
SEP 10 - Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch w/ Bear Vs. Shark
SEP 14 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's 20 Lanes w/ Violent Soho
SEP 17 - Toronto, ON @ Bovine Sex Club w/ Choke UpSEP 18 - Montreal, QC @ L'Esco w/ Choke UpSEP 19 - Quebec City, QC @ TBA w/ Choke UpSEP 20 - Winooski, VT @ The Monkey House w/ Choke UpSEP 21 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott w/ Choke UpSEP 22 - Oaklyn, NJ @ Studio LulooSEP 23 - Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody HitsSEP 24 - Brooklyn, NY @ AvivSEP 25 - Washington, DC @ DC9SEP 26 - Richmond, VA @ TBASEP 27 - Durham, NC @ Duke CoffeehouseSEP 28 - Charlotte, NC @ Lunchbox RecordsSEP 29 - Louisville, KY @ Spinelli'sSEP 30 - Athens, OH @ House Show TBAOCT 01 - Columbus, OH @ The Summit w/ The GunshyOCT 02 - Moline, IL @ The Island w/ The GunshyOCT 04 - Milwaukee, WI @ 8th Note Coffeehouse w/ The GunshyOCT 05 - Minneapolis, MN @ House Show TBA w/ The GunshyOCT 06 - Madison, WI @ The Greenhouse w/ The GunshyOCT 07 - Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge w/ The Gunshy
OCT 14 - Cleveland, OH - RECORD RELEASE SHOW @ Grog Shop
OCT 27-28 - Ybor City, FL @ Pre-Fest OCT 29-31 - Gainesville, FL @ The Fest 15

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Outlet returns

Records Outlet returns

Posted July 27, 2016, 8:35 a.m.

Oulet will soon return with their first new material in 7 years. Titled Memento Mori, the new materal is the first since their Broken Is the Man; Vital Are the ...

Memento Mori Track listing:
White WhaleBattle of the SommeMortal CoilLemarchand's BoxSky BurialCoffin Birth

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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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