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Interviews: Clown Sounds

Last year Clown Sounds released its debut LP, Preacher Maker on Recess Records. While the band name may be unfamiliar to some, frontman Todd Congelliere ... read more

Regular Columns: John Morgan Askew on production, engineering and composing

In the previous installment of Beyond Casual Observation, we visited with three films to briefly illustrate the pleasant entanglement of music and storytelling in cinema. ... read more

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

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SPB premiere: "Road to Ruin" by Burn Burn Burn

SPB premiere: "Road to Ruin" by Burn Burn Burn

Today Scene Point Blank is excited to share a brand new song from Seattle's Burn Burn Burn, a taste from their upcoming new album, Chosen Family.

“Road to Ruin” is a song about being stuck. Realizing you’re not in a good place and longing to get out of it, but continuing to let yourself get sucked right back in," says guitarist Adam France.

Chosen Family will release on February 27 as a joint release between Tiny Dragon Music, Bypolar Records, Stars at Night, and Asteroid M Records handling vinyl and CD, with a limited run of cassettes on No Time Records. Visit the band’s Facebook page for more info, and order a copy at Bandcamp.

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Records SPB exclusive: Reconciler - Set Us Free

SPB exclusive: Reconciler  - Set Us Free

This month Scene Point Blank is excited to host the debut full-length from Atlanta’s Reconciler. Titled Set Us Free, the album comes out on February 1 on A-F Records.

The band originally formed in 2016 and pull a variety of influences from Americana, post-hardcore, and more while falling, style-wise, into a “Southeast meets East Bay” sound.

Check out the record here:

MP3s Old Firm Casuals record streaming in full

Posted Feb. 18, 2019, 11:13 a.m.

Old Firm Casuals record streaming in full

Holger Danske, the latest relase from Old Firm Casuals, is streamin in full at Decibel Magazine. The record will release on March 15 on vinyl, CD, and digitally via Pirates Press Records.

The band features Lars Frederiksen (also of Rancid).

Records Dave Hause's Kick

Posted Feb. 18, 2019, 10:29 a.m.

Dave Hause's Kick

photo by Loren Green

 Busybody Dave Hause is back with a new solo record, this one titled Kick, to release on Rise Records on April 12.

It is the fourth solo record by Hause, who also performs with Loved Ones, The Falcon, and others.

Records The Yawpers to release Human Question

Posted Feb. 18, 2019, 10:12 a.m.

The Yawpers to release Human Question

photo by Megan Holmes

The Yawpers have announced the upcoming release of Human Question, set for release on April 19 on Bloodshot Records. The album is a follow-up to Boy in a Well. This time around, the Denver triowrote and recorded the album in a two-month period and tracked live in a room for a live energy.

“I wanted to take a crack at using these songs as therapy, really,” said Nate Cook (vocals/guitar) says of the new album. “I think I’ve always been inclined to write more towards the dregs of my psyche, and explore my depressions and trauma, rather than describe a way out.”

The band will announce corresponding tour datesi n April-May in the US, in Europe in May-June, and a stop at SXSW in March.

Tours Ogikubo Station in the UK

Posted Feb. 16, 2019, noon

Ogikubo Station in the UK

On the heels of last year's We Can Pretend full-length (Asian Man Records), duo Ogikubo Station have scheduled a UK tour this JUne. The band features Mike Park (Asian Man Records' founder, Skankin' Pickle, and more) alongside Maura Weaver (ex-Mixtapes).

Dates are below.

Records Bloodshot Bill releases Come and Get Your Love Right Now

Posted Feb. 16, 2019, 11:32 a.m.

Bloodshot Bill releases Come and Get Your Love Right Now

photo by Bill Alexander

Since beginning his music carer in 1998, Bloodshot Bill has more than 35 releases. Come and Get Your Love Right Now, released yesterday on Goner Records, is his seventh full-length.

The holwing, one-man, one-guitar artist will be touring extensively, including dates in Canada, US, and Mexico in the coming months. Listen to "Hook Me" after the bump.

Records Spotlights are back with Love & Decay

Posted Feb. 16, 2019, 11 a.m.

Spotlights are back with Love & Decay

photo by Anthony Tran

A new Spotlights drops on April 26. Titled Love & Decay, it is the band's first album as a trio, with touring drummer Chris Enriguez officially joining with Mario Quintero (guitar/vocals) and Sarah Quintero (bass/vocals).

The album will be released on Ipecac Recordings. A video for "The Age of Decay" is streaming now.

Bands Justin Pearson and Nick Zinner bring More Pain

Posted Feb. 16, 2019, 10:35 a.m.

Justin Pearson and Nick Zinner bring More Pain

Three One G is releasing a new self-titled flexi-disc and digital EP by More Pain, a two person project between Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Justin Pearson (Dead Cross, The Locust, Retox).

The EP is open to pre-orders now and a video to the song "Hammering Tenderness" is online now.

Tours Dates with All Them Witches

Posted Feb. 15, 2019, 9:33 p.m.

Dates with All Them Witches

photo by James Stone

Next month All Them Witches will kick off a North American tour with Plague Vendor.

The band released ATW last year (New West Records, and has since parted ways with its keyboardist, continuing as a power trio of Ben McLeod, frontman Charles Michael Parks, Jr., and drummer Robby Staebler. 

The tour begins on March 1.

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High Adventures in the Great Outdoors – Part 5

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