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Regular Columns: Soundtrack in film

Thanks to insight from professionals in the field, and the freedom to explore the use of sound in film, Beyond Casual Observation has featured a ... read more

Interviews: Kyle Falconer

In 2007, a group of young Scottish musicians called The View became one of the key bands in the mid-‘00s British indie music scene with ... read more

Music: Audio = ground zero

Audio = ground zero First instalment - Sonos. Unfamiliar with Sonos yet you enjoy listening to music? Shame on you. They make speakers. They also ... read more

Regular Columns: Musings on the need to be ...

AfterimagesWreckages of the pastEternally damned to repeat it.Exploded views incinerated by the electricity of truthPierced by the arrow of time keeping everything from happening at ... read more

Interviews: Vegas

Digital Affairs Neurotic is the new release from VVEGAS, who tend to write and release music often, and whose sole purpose is to continue releasing ... read more

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SPB giveaway: I Against I + Switch Bones CDs

SPB giveaway: I Against I + Switch Bones CDs

Scene Point Blank is excited to team up with White Russian Records for a label giveaway including the newest CDs by I Against I and Switch Bones. We reviewed I Against I here, plus we have both albums  streaming below. Put in your name to win a copy. The form is at the bottom.

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Records SPB exclusive: Listen to the debut full-length from Color TV

SPB exclusive: Listen to the debut full-length from Color TV

Color TV - Color TV

Scene Point Blank is proud to debut the first full-length from Color TV, out next month on Deranged Records. The 10-song self-titled album follows several 7” singles.

On their debut, the Twin Cities-based band brings speedy punk defined by short bursts of melody and weary musings about the state of the world. The band shows an affinity for early UK punk, with carefully merged influence from US hardcore and more. Or, as Deranged puts it, “This is punk music clearly made by lifers obsessed with the underground counter-culture. Come, children, time to gather around and drink the electric Kool-Aid of C-TV!”

The band will be on tour this month, kicking things off in Minneapolis on Oct. 9 in Minneapolis.

Records Brendan Kelly and The Wandering Birds return

Posted Oct. 14, 2018, 8:33 p.m.

Brendan Kelly and The Wandering Birds return

Brendan Kelly and The Wandering Birds - Keep Walkin' Pal

Brendan Kelly and The Wandering Birds have announced a new album, out this month in digital formats. Titled Keep Walkin' Pal, the album releases digitally on Oct. 26 and will be available in physical formats on Nov. 23, courtesy of Red Scare Industries.

The new album consists of 10 songs and while Kelly is the namesake, it adopts a collective approach that includes contributions from filmmaker Nick Martin, Derek Grant (Alkaline Trio), and Dan Tinkler (Atlas Studios).  

The group will also be playing at The Fest later this month and select US dates this winter (detailed below). Kelly is also a founding member of The Lawrence Arms and The Falcon. The Wandering Birds previously released I'd Rather Die than Live Forever in 2012.

Tours Birds in Row on tour with KEN Mode

Posted Oct. 14, 2018, 8:20 p.m.

Birds in Row on tour with KEN Mode

photo by Scott Wilkinson

Birds In Row, fresh off the release of We Already Lost the World, is currently on tour with KEN Mode. The bands are playing dates together in the US and in Europe.

We Already Lost the World was released this past June.

Records Rocksteady flexi by Greece's The Contenders

Posted Oct. 13, 2018, 11:05 a.m.

Rocksteady flexi by Greece's The Contenders

Paper + Pastick will release a new flexi 7" by Greece's The Contenders on Oct. 26. One half of the 7" EP is streaming now at Dying Scene, the song "Double or Nothing."

Desrbed as a 7 piece ska/soul/rocksteady combo, the Athens band blends traditional ska and rocksteady influence with classic R&B such as Sam Cooke and Otis Redding.

Records Kælan Mikla previews new material

Posted Oct. 13, 2018, 10:29 a.m.

Kælan Mikla previews new material

photo by Verði Ljo?s

Iceland's Kælan Mikla has unleashed a new track, "Nornalagið," via Revolver. The new song comes as a taste of their upcoming new album Nótt eftir nótt, set for release on Nov. 9 on Artoffact Records and is representative of their general sound, which culls from raw punk but with a defining dark, synthy dancefloor vibe.


Tours Interpol return down under

Posted Oct. 12, 2018, 9:03 p.m.

Interpol return down under

photo courtesy of Sydney Opera House

Joy Division has surely left its imprint not only on a large array of bands but is omnipresent in whole musical genres. Interpol is a band where it would prove to be difficult to not see their dark indie-rock, which certainly helped to propel the turn-of-the-century post-punk revival to new heights.

Interpol have recently embarked on a world tour starting off in the US, dates in the new world, and culminating in their first show Down Under after more than seven years for a one-off special performance on Saturday, 05 January, 2019 under the concrete cast shells of Sydney’s iconic Opera House, which given the ambience of the venue and what Interpol’s new album Marauder promises, should not be missed.

Records Rhino Records and Black Friday Records Store Day

Posted Oct. 11, 2018, 9:01 p.m.

Rhino Records and Black Friday Records Store Day

Following the tradition of recent years, this Black Friday -- also known as the day after Thanksgiving or, more commonly, as November 23 -- will be Record Store Day.

Rhino Records has announced 12 new limited releases that will make their debut next month, including picture discs, special color prressings, and double LP sets. This year's special offerings include Ramones, Talking Heads, Devo, The B-52's, and more. Get the specifics after the jump.

Shows Electric Gardens 2019 dates

Posted Oct. 11, 2018, 8:08 p.m.

Electric Gardens 2019 dates

The extravaganza that has firmly established itself as a highlight on the festival calendar in the Southern hemisphere, i.e. Electric Gardens has announced its descent onto Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Adelaide from 18 – 27 January, 2019.  

Spearheading the 2019 incarnation will be the duo Rick Smith and Karl Hyde that comprise the seminal outfit Underworld, which not only because of their presence on the Trainspotting soundtrack and the opening of the 2012 London Olympics but because of their solid repertoire prove to be a more than adequate successor to Fatboy Slim, who headlined 2018’s Electric Gardens.

Underworld will be joined by Erick Morillo and the headlining troika will be completed by UK’s house and techno export Eats Everything. 

As in previous years, there will be an array of opening acts gracing the production that T1000 events has become loved for - momentous sound, light and vision to the luscious green venues that Electric Gardens usually inhabits. 

MP3s The Casualties Will Feed Off Fear

Posted Oct. 5, 2018, 5:06 p.m.

The Casualties Will Feed Off Fear

The Casualties have released their new track, "Feed Off Fear." The track comes from their new album, Written in Blood -- available October 26th via Cleopatra Records. You can catch The Casualties on The Metal Alliance Tour with Goatwhore, Black Tusk, Great American Ghost, Morthereon and Gozu. Check out the track and dates after the jump.

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Oct. 18, 2018, 9:45 p.m.

SurlyFest 2018 The Hold Steady, Bad Bad Hats, Mixed Blood Majority, Static Panic, Rachel Kurtz, DJ Shannon Blowtorch Festival Field (Surly Brewing Company) Minneapolis, MN October 13, 2018   SurlyFest ... read more

An Enemy of the People @ Belvoir Theatre

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Mona Hatoum: Terra Infirma

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Mona Hatoum: Terra Infirma Yale University Press   Dislocation, borders, political oppression are themes that are omnipresent and reverberate through Mona Hatoum’s oeuvre, which now spans over four decades. In ... read more

Jersey Boys @ Capitol Theatre

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Jersey Boys Capitol Theatre Sydney, Australia October 4, 2018   The 2018 staging of Jersey Boys at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre opened its proceedings with a bit of a surprise: A ... read more


White Russian Records bundle giveaway

Posted Oct. 8, 2018, 10:29 a.m.

Would you like to win a prize package from White Russian Records? We’re running a giveaway now where one winner will receive the following: I Against I CD (1) Switch Bones CD (1) White Russian Records T-shirt (1) On October 22 we’ll randomly select one winner and notify you by ... more information

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