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Loren's last content update – April 17, 2014, 3:30 p.m.

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Various Artists

Capitalist Kids/Tight Bros. - split 7", 2013

7.1 / 10
200 Words Or Less

If sweet and easy pop punk is your thing, this is the split for you. Capitalist Kids take Side A, fresh after releasing Lessons on Love, Sharing, and Hygiene. They play Mr. ...

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Brain F≠

Empty Set, 2014

7.0 / 10

Apparently this band is called “Brain Flannel.” I don’t know what that means, but as somebody capable of reading the English language, I’m pretty sure it’s actually “Brain Unequal To.”Empty ...

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Epic Problem

Lines , 2014

7.8 / 10
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You’ve heard it before a hundred times. You’ve thought it yourself.Punk rock is a safe genre.While I generally hate on talk like this, promoting genre classification over substance and artistic ...

Coathangers - Suck My Shirt album cover


Suck My Shirt, 2014

8.7 / 10

This Atlanta trio caught my attention with Larceny & Old Lace a couple of years ago, and Suck My Shirt is a continuation of that sound. It shifts into hypnotic, rhythmic patterns and eschews ...

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20 Buck Spin

One Question Interviews 20 Buck Spin

Posted April 17, 2014, 3:30 p.m.

David Adelson (20 Buck Spin) SPB: What is the worst job you’ve ever had?  Adelson: Worst job I ever had was one of my first. When I was 16 ...


One Question Interviews Vacation

Posted April 17, 2014, 3:27 p.m.

Evan (Vacation) SPB: What is your primary tour food? Evan: Our primary tour food is PIZZA. Like as much as your town has to offer, and if you know where ...

Morning Glory

One Question Interviews Morning Glory

Posted April 17, 2014, 3:21 p.m.

Ezra Arrow Kire (Morning Glory) SPB: What do you think of Record Store Day? Kire: Record Store Day? It should be an official national holiday! Why? Because every child of ...

Billy West

One Question Interviews Billy West

Posted April 17, 2014, 3:19 p.m.

Billy West (voice actor, Futurama, Ren & Stimpy, many more) SPB: You've also played music in your past and you do some singing ("Shut Up and Love Me") in Futurama ...

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SPB exclusive stream: Counterfeit i

Records SPB exclusive stream: Counterfeit i

Scene Point Blank is excited to host a new stream, the new EP Still Vol. II from Chicago’s Counterfeit i. The three piece group eschews label associations, playing a ...


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Tours Drive-By Truckers tour dates

Posted April 16, 2014, 6:03 p.m.

Drive-By Truckers have scheduled tours this spring and summer and will be joined on stage by bands such as The Hold Steady, Deer Tick, Water Liars, Shovels & Rope, and more ...

Tour Dates
4/17 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
4/18 - Witchita, KS - Orpheum Theater
4/19 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium (*w/ Justin Townes Earle*)
4/22 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theater%
4/23 - Seattle, WA Showbox%
4/24 - Portland, OR - Roseland%
4/25 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades%
4/26 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theater
4/27 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom*
4/30 - San Antonio, TX - Aztec Theatre*
5/1 - Austin, TX - Stubbs*
5/2 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre^
5/3 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre^
6/1 - Houston, TX - Free Press Festival
6/3 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Theater#
6/4 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room#
6/6 - Ponte Vedra, FL - Pontre Vedra Music Hall#
6/7 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues#
6/10 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva#
6/11 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club#
6/12 - State College, PA - Levels#
6/13 - Lexington, KY - Busters#
6/14 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
6/20 - Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggys
6/21 - Charleston, WV - FestivALL
6/26 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
6/27 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony Summerstage (*w/ The Hold Steady*)
6/28 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount (*w/ The Hold Steady*)
6/29 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom *(w/ Deer Tick)*
7/1 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
7/2 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
7/4 - Waterloo, Canada - Starlight Club
7/5 - Toronto, Canada - Turf Fest
7/6 - Ottawa, Canada - Ottawa Bluesfest
7/18 - Maryville, TN - The Shed
7/19 - Cincinnati, OH - Buckle Up Music Festival
% = Shovels & Rope
* = JD McPherson
^ = Benjamin Booker
# = Water Liars

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Voice of Reason discog coming soon

Records Voice of Reason discog coming soon

Posted April 16, 2014, 5:59 p.m.

Defunct Connecticut hardcore group Voice of Reason will see their collected works released on the album Looking Back to the Way Things Were: 1995-2001. The compilation includes demos, rare and ...

MP3s TOMB's Pennhurst/Xesse streaming

Posted April 16, 2014, 5:56 p.m.

Pennhurst/Xesse, the reissue release of two hard to find T.O.M.B. albums is now streaming over at Cvlt Nation. The record will be released on Crucial Blast ...

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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 ...

Dave Hause @ Cabooze Plaza

Posted July 10, 2013, 5:05 p.m. by Loren

Dave Hause @ Cabooze Plaza Social Distortion, Cheap Time, Dave HauseCabooze PlazaMinneapolis, MNJuly 2, 2013 Dave Hause is a busy guy. I swear I get an email a week here ...

Fest 8 Wrapup

Posted Dec. 16, 2009, 6:53 a.m. by Loren

200 bands, seemingly as many beers, and only three nights. Where do I begin my recap? My stomach is still shrunken from not eating right, and I continue to drink ...

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