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Interviews: Nick Hodgson

“It’s like a divorce. You can be as friendly as you like but there’s always a bit of an energy,” says erstwhile Kaiser Chief Nick ... read more

Music: SXSW 2018

The year's third month is always a crazy time to be in Austin, what with the South by Southwest Festival taking up March's middle third, ... read more

Interviews: Max Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulfly)

Max Cavalera has been a prominent contributor to heavy music for decades. March 8th, 2018 marked 23 years since the release of an album Cavalera ... read more

Interviews: The Sword

The Sword barrel down the highway bludgeoning passers-by with thick southern riffs, warped Sci-Fi, and a groove that may hit your feet as hard as ... read more

Interviews: Father Murphy

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SPB exclusive: R.I.P. Clearance Event by The Sueves

SPB exclusive: R.I.P. Clearance Event by The Sueves

The Sueves - R.I.P. Clearance Event

Out this Friday, March 30, The Sueves return with their second full-length LP, R.I.P. Clearance Event.

The Chicago band play gritty and enthusiastic punk-fueled r’n’r, steeped with anxiety, aggression, sultry rhythms and primal energy. R.I.P Clearance Event’s 12 songs race past in 34 minutes with noisy but structured mayhem.

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Records Don't Worry to release new album on Specialist Subject

Posted April 21, 2018, 10:49 a.m.

Don't Worry to release new album on Specialist Subject

After self-releasing a series of EPs and touring throughout the UK, Don't Worry have joined with Specialist Subject to release Who Cares Anyway? -- their first full-length, which will release on June 22.

First formed in 2014, the band is influenced by the likes of Superchunck, Essex, Frightened Rabbit, and others versed in the pop-rock sound. Watch a video for "Big House" after the jump.

Bands Immersion album in June (Wire)

Posted April 21, 2018, 10:03 a.m.

Duo Immersion, featuring Wire Colin Newman (Wire) and Malka Spigel (Minimal COmpact), will release Sleepless on June 15t via swim~. To announced the record, their first since Analogue Creatures Living on an Island (2016), the band has a video for "Micrclimate" embedded below.

The album includes guest appearances from Matt Schulz of Holy Fuck, who will join the band on select upcoming dates.

Labels 20 years of Southern Lord

Posted April 21, 2018, 9:47 a.m.

20 years of Southern Lord

Southern Lord, started on April 1, 1998 with the release of Thorr's Hammer's Dommedagsnatt, is marking their twentieth anniversary this year in a big way. The label will be selling a limited silver vinyl subscription and reissue series covering eight records in total.

Six of the eight were announced already:

  • THE WANT - Greatest Hits Vol.5 LP
  • TOADLIQUOR - Discography 2xLP
  • THORR'S HAMMER - Live At Roadburn 2010 LP
  • SUNN O))) - Downtown Rehearsal/Riff Tape March 1998 LP
  • THE SECRET - Lux Tenebris LP
  • REIN SANCTION - Black Album LP. 

Since its 1998 inception, the label has released artists including Sleep, Bl'ast!, Wolfbrigade, Poison Idea, Pelican and more.

Records Brand new Sleep

Posted April 20, 2018, 9:32 p.m.

Brand new Sleep

Sleep returned with the new The Sciences today, released on Third Man Records.

The new LP has two versions available: a standard version and a limited edition 2XLP that is being released at stores the band hand selected (and listed in full below).

Records Gang of Four's new EP is Complicit

Posted April 20, 2018, 9:07 p.m.

Gang of Four's new EP is Complicit

Gang of Four - Complicit

Gang of Four released a new EP today titled Complicit, with Ivanka Trump on the cover and the Russian word for "complicit" etched below.

The four song EP takes on politics and media, and also serves as a previous for a new full-length set for release this summer.

 

Labels Lauren Records Record Club, round 2

Posted April 20, 2018, 11:07 a.m.

Lauren Records Record Club, round 2

Lauren Records has announced the renewal of their record club, a subscription that sends a series of new releases directly to members. The first round is just wrapping up now, and they promise that round 2 will include releases from Wild Animals and Sun Valley Club, in addition to 3 emo reissues.

For $100 members get:

  • The label's next 10 LPs we release (2 7"s = 1 LP)
  • Exclusive member t-shirt
  • Additional freebies

Records New Street Dogs hits the streets in June

Posted April 20, 2018, 10:54 a.m.

New Street Dogs hits the streets in June

On June 22, Street Dogs will release a new album titled Stand for Something or Die for Nothing on Century Media.

It's the sixth studio album from the Mike McColgan-fronted socially conscious punk band.

“The dumbing down of America is a reason to write songs in 2018,” McColgan says in reference to the new album's concept. “The theme is wake the f*ck up and the working class needs to unite across all colors, creeds, nationalities, genders and realize that we are being pitted against each other by snake oil salesmen and autocrats.”

The band will also be hitting the US west coast in support of the release.

MP3s SPB premiere: "Labyrinths (and other writings)" by Randall Holt

Posted April 18, 2018, 8:10 a.m.

SPB premiere: "Labyrinths (and other writings)" by Randall Holt

Randall Holt - Inside the Kingdom of Splendor and Madness

We’re sharing something new at Scene Point Blank today, the track “Labyrinths (and other writings)” from cellist Randall Holt (Knest, Horne + Holt).

The song comes off his upcoming solo album titled Inside the Kingdom of Splendor and Madness, which showcases his cello throughout the full album, which mixes somber, emotional and epic moments over the course of 9 songs.

The record comes out this Friday, April 20, on Self Sabotage Records.

While Inside the Kingdom of Splendor and Madness is a solo project, Holt also performs with Knest and Horne + Holt, and he has collaborated with Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Yann Tiersen, Eric McFadden Trio and jazz composer Adam Rudolph.

 

Bands Bad Waitress join Royal Mountain

Posted April 16, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

Bad Waitress join Royal Mountain

photo by Calm Elliott

Toronto-based Bad Waitress has signed with Royal Mountain Records for the release of a new EP titled Party Bangers: Volume 1.
BrooklynVegan Premieres New Track & Video for "Acid Brain"

Party Bangers: Volume 1 releases on April 20.

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Lotus

The Road To Calvary

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Deep inside Belgium lies Lotus, the Powerbar of Antwerp hardcore. In early December Lotus released their particular blend of pessimistic optimism, paradoxically digestible yet equally unsettling. Steering modern hardcore trends away from cheap nihilism, The Road to Calvary bites down a vicious chunk of hardcore spirit that raises my pulse, burning the excess fat that clogs my record shelf.Within Lotus’s pessimistic tilt toward condemnation of the weak and misanthropic lives honesty, strength and resistance. These characteristics, proudly extolling hardcore as contrarian and defiant, ...

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LA’s Cheap Tissue bill themselves as rough around the edges garage punk, namedropping melodic yet understated groups like Radioactivity. While the general sound isn’t too far off the mark, the band’s ...

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High Priests

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When I first saw High Priests 3 or 4 years ago, I would have labeled them as stoner punk. While their press photos certainly still hit on that imagery, I’m ...

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Jack White

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After seven patient years Starkweather releases their third split Divided by Zero with Portugal’s Concealment. The two-song split cements itself with every listen as masterful. Like a vitamin, it’s not to be consumed on an ...

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Shame

Songs of Praise

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Legend of the Seagullmen

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Amenra

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I thought it a safe bet to listen to any album off Neurot Recordings with care and patience, and expect something great. Amenra is no fragile exception. Their essence taps ...

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Francis Bacon: Studies for a Portrait

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April 25, 2018, 10:11 p.m.

Francis Bacon: Studies for a Portrait  Michael Peppiatt YUP   Francis Bacon was one hell of a complex artist. Contradictions. Enigmas. Affairs. Debauchery. The works. Then there was his art. ... read more

Real Bodies Exhibition @ Byron Hall

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April 23, 2018, 8:01 p.m.

Real Bodies Exhibition Byron Hall Sydney, Australia April 22, 2018 I bumped into Gunter von Hagens with his dog Bella, the pioneer of the technique of plastination that forms the ... read more

Humanity by Ai Weiwei

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April 21, 2018, 12:11 p.m.

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High Adventures in the Great Outdoors

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April 20, 2018, 9:46 a.m.

Weathering the Elements In the previous instalment of this series I touched on my recent hiking excursions in the neither regions of Norway. At the region where according to Nick ... read more

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