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SPB exclusive: Dark/Light - Kill Some Time

SPB exclusive: Dark/Light - Kill Some Time

Dark/Light - Kill Some Time

Scene Point Blank is pleased to start September with an exclusive stream of the self-titled first full-length from Portland’s Dark/Light (pronounced as “Dark Slash Light”). Titled Kill Some Time, the new LP features 8 songs and officially comes out on Sept. 15 on Dirt Cult Records.

The four member band includes former members of The Triggers and a zillion other bands.

Dark/Light explores mature themes—"sometimes hopeful, sometimes bleak," as the band puts it. The songwriting is personal and up front, aiming to connect subconscious emotions to life experience.

Check out the album here:

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MP3s Bash & Pop premiere two new songs

Posted Sept. 25, 2017, 9:19 p.m.

Bash & Pop premiere two new songs

photo by Ben Perlstein

Tommy Stinson's Bash & Pop and Nicole Atkins have collaborated on two new songs to be released on a limited edition 7" on Nov. 24 (Fat Possum Records).

The reformed Bash & Pop is on tour now. Check out the Atkins' collab "Too Late" below.

Shows Mona Foma announces summer festival dates

Posted Sept. 25, 2017, 8:07 p.m.

Mona Foma announces summer festival dates

Mark your diaries, book your flights and apply for leave. Australia’s most irreverent and eclectic music and art festival, Mona Foma (Mofo), just announced its dates for January 2018. And in a major surprise it included confirmation of a Mini Mofo in Launceston, an increase in the size of the Hobart event.

“This could be our last festival at Mona for a while,” says curator Brian Ritchie, “so we really want to go out with a bang.”

SPB hit the event earlier this year. Read our coverage here.

Apparently funding discussions are well advanced to relocate Mofo to Launceston from 2019, so this time around Launceston locals will get a taste of Mofos to come. “We’re hoping to put on a bunch of exclusive shows in Launceston: how big we will go, you’ll have to wait and see,” says Ritchie.

The Launceston Mini Mofo will run from 12-14 January, including a free festival street party for locals on the Sunday. Mofo then takes over Hobart from 15-22 January, with a host of high profile stand-alone gigs, pop-up events and art inspired club nights around the city, culminating in Mofo at Mona from 19- 21 January.

Ritchie hinted the program will embrace an even more radical cross section of artists, genres and agendas. 

Records Ecca Vandal set to release debut on Oct. 20

Posted Sept. 24, 2017, 10:05 p.m.

Melbourne’s genre-defying Ecca Vandal reveals the release date of her self-titled, debut album alongside her new single and official video "Future Heroine." Ecca Vandal, the album, will be unleashed into the world on October 20 via Dew Process / UMA and to mark its release Ecca today announces she will be heading out across the country for a 10-date, national headline tour throughout November. 

What the video for "Future Heroine" below.

Records Solo LP from Summer Cannibals' Jessica Boudreaux

Posted Sept. 24, 2017, 12:27 p.m.

Solo LP from Summer Cannibals' Jessica Boudreaux

photo by Jason Quigley

Jessica Boudreaux (of Summer Cannibals) will release her first solo album on Nov. 3. Titled No Fury, the LP was produced by Hutch Harris (The Thermals) with Harris co-writing several tracks.

 

"Ask Me To Stay" is posted after the jump as a teaser track for the upcoming release.

Records Andrew W.K. announces new album

Posted Sept. 24, 2017, 11:31 a.m.

Andrew W.K. announces new album

photo by Vicky Pea

Party animal Andrew W.K. will release a new full-length in early 2018. Currently untitled it comes out on March 2 on Sony Music.

W.K. is currently on a US tour with full-band support. He hits the UK next spring, just after the new album comes out.

Records New song, new record by Big Mess

Posted Sept. 24, 2017, 11:25 a.m.

New song, new record by Big Mess

photo by Loren Green

Big Mess recently premiered "Still S.A.D." from their soon to release new album, Try To Enjoy It. The new LP releases on Sept. 29 on Indisciplinarian Records/Earsplit Distro.


The band released You Know I Care in 2016.

Bands New L7 in the news

Posted Sept. 23, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

New L7 in the news

L7, who recently reunited and were also featured in the documentary Pretend We're Dead--are back to life with new new 7"s coming out later this year.

The band plans to release two new singles this fall on Don Giovanni Records, the first of which comes out on Sept. 29. It will be their first new release since 1999.

Pretend We're Dead releases on DVD/Blu-ray on Oct. 13.

Music News Houston bands release benefit comp post Hurricane Harvey

Posted Sept. 23, 2017, 2:40 p.m.

Houston bands release benefit comp post Hurricane Harvey

photo by Loren Green

Earlier this month, fifteen Houston artists came together for the digital benefit release Making Waves: A Benefit Compiltation For Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Including contributions from Football, etc., Cool Moon, VODI, Ruiners, The Wheel Workers, Astragal, Dollie Barnes, Greg Cote & The Real Life Friends, Tee Vee, Lace, El Lago, Miears, Fight Me, Rose Ette, and Omotai, proceeds go directly to the United Way Of Greater Houston's Hurricane Relief Fund.

Pick up the record here

"This storm was completely unfathomable, and I've been through a lot of hurricanes. Some of the first-person accounts I've read will haunt me for a long time. For a lot of people here, it will be difficult and take a long time to get back to some kind of normalcy or get close to replacing what was lost. But I was astounded by the response of regular people here that stepped up and rescued and helped others," OMOTAI bassist/vocalist Melissa Lonchambon Ryan says of the storm. 

MP3s "Alarm Clock" by The Mons

Posted Sept. 23, 2017, 1:31 p.m.

"Alarm Clock" by The Mons

Chicago's The Mons released "Alarm Clock" off their upcoming Trust No One, out on Oct. 20 on Triple Eye Industries.

The Chicago-based band plays early US inspired hardcore.

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