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Interviews: Clown Sounds

Last year Clown Sounds released its debut LP, Preacher Maker on Recess Records. While the band name may be unfamiliar to some, frontman Todd Congelliere ... read more

Regular Columns: John Morgan Askew on production, engineering and composing

In the previous installment of Beyond Casual Observation, we visited with three films to briefly illustrate the pleasant entanglement of music and storytelling in cinema. ... read more

Music: Scene Point Blank's Favorites: Year End (2018)

It's been a great year for music and we're here to tell you what you should have heard in 2018. Fear not – we've diced ... read more

Music: 2018: A Year In Review

As is traditional, we highlight some of the best non-album releases of 2018, plus a bunch more things. After you've checked out our favorite albums ... read more

Music: Pass The Mic: Artists and labels on 2018

It's the end of the year, but before we tell you what we think the best albums and musical moments of 2018 were, we've handed ... read more

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SPB exclusive: Reconciler - Set Us Free

SPB exclusive: Reconciler  - Set Us Free

This month Scene Point Blank is excited to host the debut full-length from Atlanta’s Reconciler. Titled Set Us Free, the album comes out on February 1 on A-F Records.

The band originally formed in 2016 and pull a variety of influences from Americana, post-hardcore, and more while falling, style-wise, into a “Southeast meets East Bay” sound.

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Labels Clowns join Fat Wreck

Posted Feb. 14, 2019, 9:02 p.m.

Clowns join Fat Wreck

Clowns - Nature/Nurture

Fat Wreck Chords has announced a partnership with Clowns from Australia.

On April 12, the band will release a new album Nature/Nurture, which is describedas "an amalgamation of our last three records," says vocalist Stevie Williams. While Fat will release the record in the US, Damaged Records will handle the record in Australia.

Records Craig Finn solo

Posted Feb. 10, 2019, 1:43 p.m.

Craig Finn solo

photo by Loren Green

On April 26, Criag Finn (The Hold Steady) will release a new solo album, I Need A New War on Partisan Records.

"Going in, I saw this record as the third part of a trilogy," Finn says. "Thematically, this was the third group of songs that I had written about smaller moments -- people trying to stay afloat in modern times, attempting to find connection, achieving tiny triumphs and frustrating let downs in their day to day lives." It's his fourth solo release overall, but thematically connects with Faith in the Future (2015) and We All Want The Same Things (2017).

Finn will also be playing solo dates throughout the year.

Records New 7-inch from The Distillers

Posted Feb. 10, 2019, 12:59 p.m.

New 7-inch from The Distillers

The Distillers - "Man vs. Magnet" b/w "Blood in Gutters"

On Valentines Day, Feb. 14, The Distillers will release a new 7" on Third Man Records. The two-song release is officially titled "Man vs. Magnet" b/w "Blood in Gutters" and is their first physical release in 15 years. The song premiers in 2018 and it will be released on limited edition pink vinyl for Valentine's Day.

The band first formed in 1998, disbanded in 2006, and regrouped last year. They have previously released albums on Hellcat and Sire Records.

Records Another Free Throw in March

Posted Feb. 10, 2019, 12:33 p.m.

Another Free Throw in March

photo by Jake Gravbot

Free Throw has announced the release of a new album, followed by a North American tour with Tiny Moving Parts.  Titled What's Past Is Prologue, it will be the band's third release. It officially comes out on Friday March 29 on Triple Crown Records.

The band is offering a taste of things to come with the video to “The Corner’s Dilemma,” after the bump.

“This new album is very much about that time in my life, and the process I took over the last year building myself back up,” guitarist Cory Castro explains. “With the last album, I was trying to talk about my mental health struggles but at the time, I was actually going through it. It felt like I was yelling from the void. This time I’m looking back into the void, and I’m finally able to understand what was really going on.”

The band released Bear Your Mind in 2017.

Records Upcoming Oxx

Posted Feb. 10, 2019, 11:59 a.m.

Danish hardcore band Oxx will release The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance later this spring, teasing this trailer for the time being:

Based out of Aarhus, Denmark, the band will also appear at Baahl Fest 2.0 in March. Nefarious Indusries is handling the release on vinyl/digital formats with an official release date still to come.

Records Nadir (members of OWTH) to release debut

Posted Feb. 9, 2019, 1:04 p.m.

Nadir (members of OWTH) to release debut

Nadir - Collecting Misery

Robbie Swartwood of Off With Their Heads has a new band named Nadir, who will self-released Collecting Misery on Feb. 25.

Readers may note a certain tone behind the album title and the track "Doomed From the Start," streaming now at Dying Scene. All proceeds from the record will be donated to Save.org, an organization for people affected by suicide.

 

Music News Craig Wedren art/photography show and solo tour

Posted Feb. 9, 2019, 12:40 p.m.

Craig Wedren art/photography show and solo tour

photo by Meggan Lennon

Former frontman of Shudder To Think, Craig Wedren, has an upcoming art exhibit and limited edition book that captures moments from his career, titled My '90s. Wedren's installation features "intimate Polaroid photos" of his bandmates, members of Fugazi, Pearl Jam, and his association working with The State and Wet Hot American Summer TV/film teams.

Wedren released Adult Desire Expanded late last year, and also does film and TV composition.

Bands News from the SUNN O))) camp

Posted Feb. 9, 2019, 10:59 a.m.

News from the SUNN O))) camp

photo ©2019 SUNN O))) & Ronald Dick

SUNN O))) will be back in action this year, releasing the 4-song Life Metal in April, to be followed by another LP named Pyroclasts that will be announced int he fall. Besides the new material, the band will also embark on its first tour since 2017 (dates below).

Both records were recorded with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio studio and later mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy. Life Metal will be released on Southern Lord.

Tours YOB & Neurosis in Europe

Posted Feb. 9, 2019, 10:31 a.m.

YOB & Neurosis in Europe

photo by James Rexroad

YOB, in addition to recently announced tour dates with Amenra and Voivod, will also head across the pond to play summer dates with Neurosis this summer.

"We are deeply honored to be supporting Neurosis in Europe this Summer. We’ve said it before and will say it again: collectively, they are our favorite band. We cannot wait for these shows, to play for people who are in attendance, and watch Neurosis every night. It can’t get better than that," the band's Mike Schedit says of the upcoming tour.

YOB most recently released Our Raw Heart (Relapse Records).

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American Steel always felt a bit under the radar, despite releasing albums on Lookout and Fat Wreck. While they’ve been on well-known labels, they don’t get the same accolades as some of their peers. It feels fitting, in that way, that the band just released a new 7” seemingly out of nowhere. The band hadn’t even played together in five years before they released this 2-song EP in late 2018 as the music press was focused on year end lists.The ...

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