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Music: The Fest 18

The Fest is a massive undertaking. It's 400+ bands over 3+ days. It's summer in October, as a certain band said. This year may have ... read more

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SPB featured stream: Soot Sprite - Sharp Tongue EP

SPB featured stream: Soot Sprite - Sharp Tongue EP

Soot Sprite - Sharp Tongue

Each month we feature a new stream atop the page. This month we’ve partnered with Specialist Subject Records in the UK to share Sharp Tongue from Soot Sprite.

The group started as a solo project for Elise Cook (vocals/guitar) but grew into a trio with the addition of Ross Becker (bass) and Matthew Tiller (drums) for this new EP, which released last month on 12” vinyl and digital platforms.

Sharp Tongue is the second release by Soot Sprite but the first by this lineup and it offers a chill but personal blend of bedroom pop and shoegaze that fits the mood whether you’re feeling reflective or relaxed.

Check it out below. Hit the + sign for the full track list.

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Records New Caspian in 2020

Posted Nov. 14, 2019, 12:38 p.m.

New Caspian in 2020

photo by Loren Green

Massachusetts-based Caspian will return with On Circles, the group's first new album in four years, in early 2020. The new record is currently scheduled to release on Jan. 24, 2020 on Triple Crown Records.

Created over four weeklong writing and recording sessions, the new 8-song, 46-minute instrumental album explores the cyclical nature of life.

On Circles is the group's fifth album. Keep reading for upcoming live dates.

Shows Migration Fest III: next summer

Posted Nov. 13, 2019, 12:13 p.m.

Migration Fest III: next summer

photo by Drew Buerhaus

Details have emerged on Migration Fest III. Hosted by Gilead Media and 20 Buck Spin, the two-day festival takes place at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, PA August 1-2, 2020.

In addition to a time and place, the festival has also announced wave one of artist announcements. Next year's fest will feature Falls of Rauros, False, Kowloon Walled City, and more. Check the full (first wave) list after the jump.

Tickets go on sale Jan. 30, 2020.

Shows Who is at Psycho Las Vegas 2020?

Posted Nov. 12, 2019, 3:59 p.m.

Who is at Psycho Las Vegas 2020?

photo by Loren Green

Psycho Las Vegas 2020 has announced wave one of its lineup. The annual festival will run August 14-16, 2020 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

While the full lineup isn't announced yet, the event will feature a pre-party on August 13, followed by the 3-day festival with sets by Ty Segall & The Freedom Band, Ulver, Blonde Redhead, Windhand, Ulver, Kaelan Mikla, Elder, Mephistofeles, and Mayhem.

Tours OM dates

Posted Nov. 12, 2019, 1:55 p.m.

OM dates

photo by Loren Green


Drag City artists OM have announced a 2020 US tour with Wovenhand.

Tickets go on sale later this week for the tour, which begins in Austin, TX and concludes in Omaha, NE in March.

Records A Piebald Christmas

Posted Nov. 12, 2019, 1:22 p.m.

A Piebald Christmas

Piebald - Piebald Presents To You, A Musical Christmas Adventure EP

Piebald are back with a new EP this Friday, Nov. 15 on Photo Finish Records. Titled Piebald Presents To You, A Musical Christmas Adventure, the new effort features three new seasonal songs: “(All I Want For Christmas) Is To Rage With My Friends,” “The Rebellion Of Winter,” and “Do Good Stuff.”

The band is playing live dates in December in celebration, followed by a February tour in which they'll offer support to Dashboard Confessional's 20th anniversary tour.

Tours Three dates with the Jesus Lizard

Posted Nov. 12, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

Three dates with the Jesus Lizard

photo by Joshua Black Wilkins

Mostly dormant nowadays, the Jesus Lizard has announced three December shows, including a New Years Eve gig in New York, NY.

Originally formed in the late 1980s, the Jesus Lizard disbanded in 1999 and later reformed, including live dates last year.

Support on their upcoming dates varies by the city, but includes Protomartyr, Plaque Marks, and Soccer Mommy.

Bands Loma Prieta return from hiatus

Posted Nov. 12, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Loma Prieta return from hiatus

After a four year hiatus, Loma Prieta will return with a tw-song EP, Continuum b/w Fate, in early 2020.

Set to release on Jan. 10 on Deathwish Inc., the new singe was recorded by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Oathbreaker) and continues the band's genre mishmash style.

Tours Tool announced January tour extension

Posted Nov. 12, 2019, 9:30 a.m.

Tool announced January tour extension

photo by Travis Shinn

Tool, who returned to action with the release of Fear Inoculum in August (RCA Records) and is playing in Toronto tonight, has announced another leg of dates beginning in January. The newly announced dates primarily cross the western and southern United States.

The full list of dates, both from the current run and the new January dates, are listed below.

Shows Ian's Party 2020: the lineup (first wave)

Posted Nov. 10, 2019, 1:22 p.m.

Ian's Party 2020: the lineup (first wave)

photo by Loren Green

The annual New Year's kickoff punk rock celebration known at Ian's Party has announced wave one of its lineup for the coming year. 

Taking place Jan. 3-5 at Chop Shop and Subterreanean in Chicago, the lineup will include sets by Meat Wave, The Brokedowns, Vacation, No Men, Typesetter, Howardian, Hitter, Wig, The Bobby Conn Experience, Absolutely Not, Ono, C.H.E.W., Lung, Paper Mice, Joshua Virtue, Malci, Two Houses, Blacker Face, Masonic Wave, Bruges, Wood Chickens, Lovely Little Girls, Bev Rage and the Drinks, Topomaka, Hawley, Clickbait, Nonnie Parry, Abertooth Lincoln, and American Draft.

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Nov. 12, 2019, 9:23 p.m.

In Vino Veritas – Ninth Island and Norfolk Rise   For this instalment of our vino centric series we are going to zero in on Tasmania again as the previous ... read more

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