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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

Interviews: Diet Cig

Diet Cig is a NY duo known for their energetic live shows and incredibly relatable, catchy lyrics. The band is as sweet as you’d expect ... read more

Regular Columns: Subverting Authority

With startling revelations our systems of authority are thought to be illegitimate, God dies, and the state cannot be justified. The burden of life is ... read more

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SPB premiere: "I Seek the Glaive" from Self-Evident

SPB premiere: "I Seek the Glaive" from Self-Evident

photo by Akase Yuki

Today Scene Point Blank is excited to share "I Seek the Glaive," a track from the upcoming new album from Self-Evident, Lost Inside the Machinery. The new album releases tomorrow, January 18, and features 10 songs that capture the band's intricate, artful, and DIY aesthetic.

"I Seek The Glaive is a dark song lyrically (my interpretation). It’s about struggling with an affliction and not being able to find any way out from under it. There are other hopeful tracks on the record but, this ain’t one of 'em." Ben Johnston says about the track below. "I love playing this song because of it feels like it’s breathing. The first section especially, contracts and releases, going from tight and staccato to open and vast. It’s my personal favorite track on the new record." 

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Site News Win a copy of our ebook

Win a copy of our ebook

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A lot has happened since 2003, when SPB first launched onto the worldwide web. Site founders moved on to new projects, people graduated college, got married, found careers, etc. Staff comes and goes, but SPB remains focused on independent music throughout all of these changes.

When SPB turned 10 in 2013, we celebrated with the release of a book, All Downhill From Here. We're proud of sticking around; we're proud of our work. We also want to thank you for supporting us. 2018 marked our 15th anniversary, and to celebrate we're giving away 15 ebook copies of All Downhill From Here. Enter the contest here.

Records ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead 20th reissue

Posted Jan. 21, 2019, 1:23 p.m.

...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead 20th reissue

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Madonna

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead have announced a tour of Europe, the UK, and Japan, plus a limited vinyl reissue of their 1999 album Madonna.

Released on Merge Records 20 years ago, the vinyl edition has been remastered and releases on the Austin, TX-based Super Secret Records.

Check out the specifics after the bump.

Obituaries Lorna Doom (1958-2019)

Posted Jan. 21, 2019, 11:30 a.m.

Teresa Ryan, known in the punk scene as Lorna Doom of The Germs, passed away last week on Jan. 16 after suffering from cancer.

Her family issued the following statement:

Teresa Ryan a/k/a Lorna Doom was always a woman of mystery. So much so, that even in her final days as she fought a tough, year-long battle with cancer, very few people even knew she was ill. She kept a very close knit social circle, and those who knew her and loved her always respected her desire for privacy.

When she finally lost her struggle with cancer at 12:50 pm yesterday, Wednesday January 16th, it came as a shock to many, as she had chosen to not burden others with what she was going through.

Records Kaada to release ZomebieLars soundtrack

Posted Jan. 20, 2019, 4:32 p.m.

Kaada to release ZomebieLars soundtrack

photo by Loren Green

Norwegian composer John Erik Kaada will release a new soundtrack from the Scandinavian TV series ZombieLars, set to officially release on Jan. 25, 2019. The show itself if a drama/comedy about zombies, witches, ninjas, and more and is going into its third season.

Kaada's previous work includes numerous soundtracks, work in the group Cloroform, and collaboration with Mike Patton.

Records Blaqk Audio return with 4th album

Posted Jan. 20, 2019, 2:39 p.m.

Blaqk Audio return with 4th album

photo by Loren Green

Blaqk Audio return with the new album Only Things We Love on March 15. The band, which features AFI's Davey Havok and Jade Puget, 

has threee albums to date, most recently 2016's Material.

Speaking of the new record, Havok says:

It feels starkly different. Because we were so happy with the many  songs we wrote, the track listing continued to change up until a few weeks before it went to press. In the end, the futurepop elements of Blaqk Audio have a greater representation on this album than they did on the last. Synthpop and electropop still make up most of the record, yet these tracks have a uniquely modern feel. While even dancier than Material, Only Things We Love offers a dreamy quality less present on any previous release.

The band will be on tour this March, starting off in San Diego on March 14. Listen to new track "The Viles" below.

Records Beach Slang covers EP

Posted Jan. 20, 2019, 1:59 p.m.

Beach Slang covers EP

photo by Loren Green

Philadelphia's Beach Slang will release a covers EP on March 15 via the new Quiet Panic record label, an imprint via Bridge Nine Records.

The new EP is to be titled MPLS and it pays homage to two of the band's primary influences: Parul Westerberg (The Replacements) and Bob Mould (Husker Du).

Bands Bikini Kill announces 2019 shows

Posted Jan. 20, 2019, 1:42 p.m.

Bikini Kill announces 2019 shows

photo by Tammy Rae Carland

In soem of the more exciting reunion news of late, Bikini Kill will regroup for at least three upcoming shows this spring: one in LA and two in NYC. The band will perform with Kathleen Hanna on vocals, Tobi Vail on drums, Kathi Wilcox on bass, and Erica Dawn Lyle on guitar.

The band was active from 1990-1998 are are often associated with the 1990's Riot Grrl Movement and Kill Rock Stars label. Members have also played with Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin.

Records Dub Will Tear Us Apart reissue out this month

Posted Jan. 20, 2019, 12:59 p.m.

Dub Will Tear Us Apart reissue out this month

photo by Loren Green

On Jan. 25, Ernest Jenning Record Co. will reissue Jäh Division's Dub Will Tear Us Apart... Again. Featuring members of Oneida and Home, the project was a psychedelic dub interpretation of Joy Division, and more. After first releasing in 2004, the reissue is a deluxe version with the ofiginal 4-song EP, plus a fifth Joy Division cover, two unreleased originals (from a scrapped album, and a bonus 7" with previously covers of Desmond Dekker and Jackie Mittoo.

Records 25th anniversary reissue of Merzbow's Venereology

Posted Jan. 20, 2019, 12:33 p.m.

25th anniversary reissue of Merzbow's Venereology

Merzbow - Venereology

For the first time, Merzbow's Venereology will be released on vinyl on March 1. Remastered by James Plotkin, the reissue will also include new artwork and a second LP with more than 20 minutes of unreleased bonus material.

The reissue celebrates the album's twenty-fifth anniversary and will be available from Relapse Records.

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Neighborhood Brats

Claw Marks

8.6 / 10 Neighborhood Brats - Claw Marks album cover

I’ve always liked Neighborhood Brats, but I don’t remember the band having so much variation in sound. Over 11 songs, this record maintains their melodic and forward-moving punk but with ominous foreboding organ, and even banging piano at times. While this growth stands out, it also doesn’t change who the band is. These details add depth, not a change of direction.At times Claw Marks is ominous and frustrated at the world, but most of the time it's calling for action, solidarity and ...

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The Sidekicks

Happiness Hours

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The Sidekicks are a band that I still pay attention to past my “punk only years”—you know, the years of my youth when only punk music and anything within that ...

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Mozes and the Firstborn

Dadcore

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Part parody and part homage to guitar music, Dutch four-piece Mozes and the Firstborn have set a new tone with their American-tinged third album Dadcore. The album's name comes from guitar ...

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Character Actor

Character Actor

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At SPB, we like to write longer reviews. Reviews that go into depth and give you a reason to read and think about a record instead of just hitting Spotify ...

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Kississippi

Sunset Blush

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Philly duo Kississippi released their anticipated debut album Sunset Blush and unlike some records, it lived up to the hype. The album starts off with the song “Once Good,” perfectly blending elements ...

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Clown Sounds

Preacher Maker

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I was going to review this when it came out, but I like my statements to be accurate, so I went to the source and interviewed Todd Congelliere first. As ...

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Twin Towers

Replacing God

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Replacing God by ultra-prolific Kansas-based experimental musician Twin Towers at times seems to be an experimental metal album, but there's much more to the work and I think it has a ...

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Murder By Death

The Other Shore

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Not many bands can make it eight albums into their career without a single dud. Murder by Death's mainstays, Adam Turla and Sarah Balliet, have spent nearly 2 decades honing ...

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Kollegah

Monument

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The last few years have seen a good amount of great German hip-hop albums, however, now there is Monument. Kollegah’s previous emissions are outstanding, but the way he bookended the ...

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Shook Ones

Body Feel

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Shook Ones are a nostalgic band for me, they were the most active during my teenage years and I associate them with that time period. I’m sure like most of ...

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Future Virgins

Doomsday Raga

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I was excited about this record 3 seconds in. To put it directly, I’m a big fan of everything Future Virgins has done so I was expecting it. Doomsday Raga fits their ...

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Water of Life – Bass and Flinders & Bundaberg Rum

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Jan. 23, 2019, 8:57 p.m.

Water of Life Bass and Flinders Distillery and Bundaberg’s 130th Anniversary Spiced Small Batch Release Good god, the gin industry – especially on terra australis is exploding with new distillers ... read more

Drop - book review

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Jan. 21, 2019, 9:48 a.m.

Drop Powerhouse Books   Street wear couture has always been a culture, but the combination of the advent of the internet, the crossover involvement of designers, the renaissance of cross-pollinating ... read more

Paul Capsis @ Spiegeltent

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Jan. 20, 2019, 9:49 a.m.

Paul Capsis with Jethro Woodward and The Fitzroy Youth Orchestra Spiegeltent Sydney, Australia January 18, 2019 Paul Capsis is a unicum and the versatility that has informed the myriad of ... read more

Mumford and Sons @ Enmore Theatre

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Jan. 19, 2019, 10:11 a.m.

Mumford and Sons Enmore Theatre Sydney, Australia January 19, 2019 Mumford & Sons has risen from a niche band to one that commands stadium crowds. Following a show at the ... read more

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15th anniversary ebook giveaway

Posted Dec. 23, 2018, 10:09 a.m.

For our 10th anniversary, Scene Point Blank put together some of our favorite content, some words from previous staff, and more in the form of our one and only book, All Downhill From Here. That was in 2013. Founded in 2003, our webzine has seen it all: the death of nu-metal, ... more information

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