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Music: Scene Point Blank's Favorites: Year End (2016)

As years go, 2016 was a cruel one. We lost tons of musical heroes: Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Sharon Jones and other iconic performers departed. ... read more

Music: 2016: A Year In Review

Every year we ask record labelsand artistswhat they thought of the last twelve months; we tell you the best albums of last year; and finally ... read more

Music: Pass The Mic: Artists on 2016

It's the second half of our annual Pass The Mic feature and this time we're handing the microphone over to the bands and artists who ... read more

Music: Pass The Mic: Record Labels on 2016

Now in its tenth year, Pass The Mic is a SPB tradition where we ask the artists and record labels producing some of our favorite ... read more

Interviews: AJJ

“The van was completely broken but I knew that there was no way I was going to miss the show. So I was skateboarding down ... read more

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Scene Point Blank Podcast: Episode 4

Scene Point Blank Podcast: Episode 4

New year, new episode of our podcast! This month our legendary contributor BJ Rochinich has a bunch of new music (including Clevinger, Ruins and Spirits) and some of our recent features make an appearance. You can check out Episode 4 below, and subscribe in all the usual places (including iTunes here).

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Records SPB exclusive: Clevinger's Personal / Professional

SPB exclusive: Clevinger's Personal / Professional

Clevinger - Personal / Professional

Scene Point Blank is happy to kick off 2017 with an exclusive stream of the new Clevinger full-length, Personal / Professional. The album is set to release on March 10 via Salinas Records with pre-orders open now.

Union lawyer, teacher, engineer, and news writers by day, Detroit's Clevinger play equally gruff and melodic punk by night. Personal / Professional is the band's first LP.

Records Upcoming from Woe

Posted Jan. 21, 2017, 9:31 p.m.

Upcoming from Woe

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This March Woe will release a new album, Hope Attrition, coming out on Vendetta Records.

The album is the bands first in four years and is described as "a dark, mournful work that draws from WOE's darkest black metal influences while drawing out dormant death metal undertones, bolstered by the crushing production."

The band is playing in Europe with Ulthra later this spring.

MP3s Cvlt Nation covers Black Sabbath self-titled

Posted Jan. 21, 2017, 8:54 p.m.

Cvlt Nation covers Black Sabbath self-titled

photo by Loren Green

In a continuation of The CVLT Nation Sessions, the website is now streaming a covers compilation of Black Sabbath's debut record.

Covers of the record's eight songs are done by the likes of Beastmaker, Frown, Space Bong, and more.

Tours Norway's Aurora hits Australia

Posted Jan. 18, 2017, 9:49 p.m.

Norway's Aurora hits Australia

Aurora Aksnes, known mononymously as AURORA, is a Norwegian singer-songwriter that released her debut full-length All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend (featuring hit singles "Runaway," "Conqueror," and "I Went Too Far") earlier this year, taking us all deep into her mesmerising world of atmospheric electronic pop, fused with mystical storytelling and bound together by her captivating and ethereal voice.

AURORA’s Australian tour will cap off a massive twelve months with performances on 25 January at Sydney, Metro Theatre and on 31 January at Melbourne’s Recital Hall.

Tours Moonraker tour

Posted Jan. 17, 2017, 7:17 p.m.

Moonraker tour

Santa Clarita, CA's Moonraker have announced a winter US tour kicking off in Albuquerque on Jan. 21 and later circling back to Phoenix a month later on Feb. 26.

The band released Fail Better last year on Felony Records.

Tours Radiohead US dates in 2017

Posted Jan. 17, 2017, 8:16 a.m.

Radiohead US dates in 2017

photo by Alex Lake

After returning last year with the release of A Moon Shaped Pool, Radiohead will play nine US dates in late March through early April across the US. Tickets go on sale on Jna. 20, with dates included below.

Records David Bowie posthumously releases 4 track EP

Posted Jan. 14, 2017, 2:39 p.m.

David Bowie posthumously releases 4 track EP

On what would have been David Bowie's 70th birthday, January 8th 2017, a new song "No Plan" was released online with an accompanying video, a year after the singer died. 

The track is taken from a new EP which contains three other songs under the title No Plan EP. The four songs are available right now on streaming services or to buy individually.

You can click below to watch the video for "No Plan", and check out the other songs here.

Music News First 100 Days series

Posted Jan. 14, 2017, 10:35 a.m.

First 100 Days series

photo by Scott Wilkinson

The Secretly Group curated 30 Songs, 30 Days, has announced a compilation titled Our First 100 Days. With songs from Angel Olsen, Will Oldham, Mountain Goats, Twin Peaks,Minus the Bear, Meat Wave, and more, the subscription based series will raise funds for choice organizations as a protect to the Trump presidency. All proceeds benefit All Above All, Cosecha, Hoosier Action People's Climate Movement, and Southerners on New Ground.

More information can be found here.

Records Jim and the French Vanilla

Posted Jan. 12, 2017, 9:36 p.m.

Jim and the French Vanilla

Jim and the French Vanilla - Afraid of the House

Jim Blaha of The Blind Shake will release a full-length solo album under the name Jim and the French Vanilla on Feb. 10. The album will is titled Afraid of the House and releases on Dirtnap Records.

The record is his third solo effort under the name, but the first to be widely distributed and to encorporate a full-band sound, with the help of bandmate and brother Mike Blaga.

The song "Now Even War" is streaming at Impose. The Blind Shake released Celebrate Your Worth last year.

 

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Andrew Paley

Sirens

9.0 / 10 Andrew Paley - Sirens album cover

Perhaps best known as the frontman of Vermont post-punk band The Static Age, Andrew Paley has never been shy about his penchant for playing solo acoustic songs. Where The Static Age's sound is sound is distantly confrontational and awash with the vivid colours of late nights, Paley's solo work has mostly been more reflective and vulnerable, like the sounds of a folk singer filtering through a desolate log cabin during a dark winter evening.Paley regularly writes his own solo material ...

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Blogs

Siro-A @ The Concourse

Posted by T
Jan. 18, 2017, 8:26 a.m.

Siro-AThe ConcourseChatswood, AUSJanuary 14, 2017 Siro-A are from Sendai, Japan, and their name apparently translates to something along the lines of “difficult to pin down” – a telling name as ... read more

Richard III @ Grand Theatre

Posted by T
Jan. 12, 2017, 2:57 p.m.

Richard III Schauspielbühne Berlin Guest performance at the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre December 30, 2016 Richard III is one of Shakespeare’s earliest works, first believed to be performed ... read more

Dancer

Posted by T
Dec. 23, 2016, 8:22 a.m.

Dancer Film review premiereLeichhardt Norton TheatreNovember 25, 2016 Located in vibrant Leichhardt, Palace Norton Street features eight stylish auditoria with luxurious stadium seating as well as a bar and lounge ... read more

Soundscape Festival Sydney @ Factory Theatre

Posted by T
Dec. 22, 2016, 8:25 a.m.

Soundscape Festival SydneyFactory TheatreSydney, AUSDecember 17, 2016 After a successful debut in 2015, Soundscape Festival was back for the second time in 2016, serving up a massive day of tunes ... read more

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