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Music: Guest List: Father's Day Edition (Adam Carson)

Welcome to the latest installment of our new feature, The Guest List! We're flipping the script on our "Set List" feature and asking artists to ... read more

Regular Columns: Get In The Van Dummy, We're Going Surfing!

I was in a band called The Lippies. I say "was" because we just broke up. Again. Hahahahaha! When we formed, we never had any ... read more

Interviews: The Mimes

The Mimes is a Cincinnati three-piece consisting of Maura Weaver, Megan Schroer, and John Hoffman, formed in isolation and making the most of a unique ... read more

Music: Only Death Is Real #11

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Music: 25 Years of The Glass House... or an Ode to Live Music While in a Pandemic

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SPB premiere: Monsterwatch - Noise You Will Never Care About EP

SPB premiere: Monsterwatch - Noise You Will Never Care About EP

Monsterwatch - Noise You Will Never Care About EP

We’re excited to give the first full listen of Monsterwatch’s brand new EP, Noise You Will Never Care About.

In addition to coming up with an EP title that totally fits our MO, the new EP brings some energetic noise rock straight out of Seattle, which is quite fitting given it’s similarities to the early grunge movement, perhaps with a little more octane and shorter attention spans.

Vocalist John Spinney shares their goals with the EP:

We recorded the EP back in September 2020 at Mothership Studios at Alma Mater in Tacoma, WA. The idea was to make the three songs one continuous track and experimenting with guitar feedback and certain pedals to create some chaotic sounds as the lead in between each song. 

The band opted to stick with the first take from the recording session, preferring its raw sound.

Check it out for yourself:

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Records Under Attack Releasing LP This August

Posted June 15, 2021, 8:27 p.m.

Under Attack Releasing LP This August

Under Attack - Preservation's Crash

Featuring an extensive ex-member list that includes Limp Wrist’s guitarist Mark Telfian, Under Attack plays dark and aggressive hardcore. Three One G Records recently signed the group to continue their ascendance and release their brutal new LP, Preservation’s Crash.

Preservation’s Crash will be available digitally and limited edition color vinyl on August 13th. Preorder the record here.

Tours Bright Eyes with Lucy Dacus, Japanese Breakfast, and Waxahatchee

Posted June 15, 2021, 7:41 p.m.

Bright Eyes with Lucy Dacus, Japanese Breakfast, and Waxahatchee

Bright Eyes has announced its first live shows in ten years. 

Scheduled for July and August, the indie darlings hit the road with Lucy Dacus, Japanese Breakfast, and Waxahatchee, playing in support of 2020's Dead Oceans-released Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was.

The last live Bright Eyes concert was in November 2011 in Honolulu, HI.

Dates are listed below, primarily along the US East Coast.

Records Wolves In The Throne Room's Primordial Arcana

Posted June 14, 2021, 9:45 p.m.

Wolves In The Throne Room's Primordial Arcana

art by Amjad Faur and Wolves in the Throne Room

Sharing a new song called "Mountain Magick" this week, black metal luminaries Wolves in the Throne Room will return with a new album called Primordial Arcana, out August 20 courtesy of Relapse Records.

In a band statement about the recording, the three-piece offers:

Mountain Magick was shot in the northern reaches of the Olympic Mountains and the ancient forests that shroud the foothills. We wrote the story, created the costumes, shot the footage and did the editing ourselves, so it is a true product of our hearts and souls. Creating our own videos has been a long standing dream and now It’s very exciting to bring these Visions into the Cinematic Realm.

Check out a video for the new song below, including a full track listing for the upcoming record.

Records Rehasher plays the classics

Posted June 14, 2021, 9:32 p.m.

Rehasher plays the classics

Rehasher returns in 2021 with a new covers album. Called Tasty Single Slices Vol. 1, the record features new takes on originals ranging from The Beatles to The Police and Steve Miller Band and Boston. The band features Roger Lima, long-time vocalist of Less Than Jake, as well as Tony Farrah on bass and Alex Klausner on drums. Lima formed the project in the early 2000s, playing bass with a hardcore-fueled punk sound different to the ska-pop punkish LTJ style he's often associated with -- releasing two full-lengths and several 7"s.

Back in action, the new record will release via SBAM and Smartpunk Records.

Check Rehasher's take on The Beatles' "And Your Bird Can Sing" via Spotify.

Records Bad Time kicks off new 7-inch series with LTJ/Kill Lincoln

Posted June 13, 2021, 4:02 p.m.

Bad Time kicks off new 7-inch series with LTJ/Kill Lincoln

photo by Loren Green

Bad Time Records is celebrating the current ska resurgence with a new series of split 7" releases that pair  third wave ska bands and newcomers. Called Wavebreaker, #1 in the series is a split between Less Than Jake and Kill Lincoln.

The first in the series releases on June 25 and features the new  "Need Some Shaking" Less Than Jake a-side and "Going Under" b-side by Kill Lincoln.

Tours The Obsessed & The Skull 2021 tour

Posted June 13, 2021, 3:40 p.m.

The Obsessed & The Skull 2021 tour

photo by Susie Costantino

Beginning on July 29 in Cleveland, OH, The Obsessed and The Skull will embark on a co-headlining US tour, hitting mmore than 20 cities over roughly three weeks.

To prepare, fans should check out SPB's Wino interview from back in 2017.

Tours More tour stops from Rise Against

Posted June 13, 2021, 3:07 p.m.

More tour stops from Rise Against

photo by Wyatt Troll

Rise Against, fresh off releasing the newly Nowhere Generation (June 4), have added dates to their summer tour, including dates with Descendents and The Menzingers.

For more dates, hit the jump.

Records England’s Bossk Drops Brutal New Single “HTV-3”

Posted June 12, 2021, 10:55 a.m.

England’s Bossk Drops Brutal New Single “HTV-3”

Bossk - Migration

As Engald’s Bossk prepares for the release of their sophomore LP for Deathwish Inc., the band has unveiled the album’s colossal second single, “HTV-3”. The new album Migration, their first since 2016’s acclaimed Audio Noir, will release digitally on June 18th, with physical release coming later this year.

Watch the “HTV-3” visualizer below. You can preorder Migration now from Bossk’s new website, and catch them on tour this fall in the UK.

Records KNOW//SUFFER Know About The Great Dying

Posted June 10, 2021, 2:35 p.m.

KNOW//SUFFER Know About The Great Dying

Photo by V. Bencomo

El Paso, Texas hardcore act, KNOW//SUFFER, will release their new EP, The Great Dying, on July 30th via Silent Pendulum Records. Check out their new track, "Thumbnail," on Bandcamp now.

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