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Interviews: Big|Brave

Mathieu Ball is one of two guitarists for Montreal’s Big|Brave. The trio does not offer a bass player, however, Mat and the rest of the ... read more

Regular Columns: Guest Column: T (Vegas) - Portable Loudspeakers

As the good ole shock jock Plato so eloquently put it, music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of ... read more

Music: Fest 16

In 2007, I went to The Fest 6. It quickly became tradition. Each April I book my hotel, each October I fly to Gainesville. In ... read more

Music: Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum

Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum is a Grammy Award-winning and Juilliard-trained composer. She was born in New York City. She grew up listening to classical music “by the ... read more

Regular Columns: Guest Column: Blag Dahlia - Blag Dahlia’s Hate Mail (November 2017)

Blag Dahlia is the singer for punk band the Dwarves and co-hosts the podcast We Got Issues. Since forming in the mid-1980s the band has ... read more

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SPB exclusive: The Heat from Mangoo

Scene Point Blank proudly presents The Heat, the new full-length from Finnish fuzz rockers Mangoo (pronounced "man go").

To be released by Small Stone on Dec. 8, the album is the band's third, taking a mishmash of various heavy sounds and seamlessly fusing them together with synth notes and mega-choruses along the way.

The band previously released Neolithic (2009) and Neverland (2012). Grab a pre-order, and check out the video to "Beyond the Sky" online.

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Tours Upcoming Tim Barry dates

Posted Dec. 10, 2017, 10:01 p.m.

Tim Barry, who releaesed High on 95 earlier this year (Chunksaah Records) and just wrapped up a West Coast jaunt with a show in San Francisco tonight, has announced a run of US East Coast concerts in early 201, a few dates in Europe, and a stop at Don't Panic Fest in Denver.

Besides the upcoming tours, Barry also just released a new video for the song "Little Eden."

Records Ghost Ship Fire Compilation Benefit Album

Posted Dec. 10, 2017, 9:37 p.m.

Ghost Ship Fire Compilation Benefit Album

photo by Loren Green

Ed Taylor, who runs Loose Grip Records, has overseen a new benefit compilation to raise funds in the wake of the Ghost Ship Fire of December 2016. Raising funds for The Oakland Faily FUnd, the goal is to provide artist space improvements such as upgrading smoke alarms, fire estinguishers, sprinkler systems, and more.

The compilation features a diverse cast, including King Khan, Damaged Bug, Tony Molina (Dystrophy), Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian of The Locust with Nick Zinner of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs (collaborating as Planet B), and more.

Shows Don't Panic Fest 2018

Posted Dec. 10, 2017, 9:17 p.m.

Don't Panic Fest 2018

Nicole Kibert

The lineup is out for Don't Panic Fest's second iteration, taking place in Denver, CO on Feb. 16-17 at three different venues.

Founded to highlight Colorado bands, but with national headliners, the lineup this year includes Dag Nasty, Tim Barry, The Dopamines, The Gamits and more.

Check below for a full listing of band's announced so far, though festival organizers hint that more is still to come.

Tours Scott Kelly and John Judkins to tour Europe next year

Posted Dec. 2, 2017, 12:09 p.m.

Scott Kelly and John Judkins to tour Europe next year

photo by Danin Drahos

Scott Kelly fans in Europe can rejoice. The Neurosis frontman has announced a January-February 2018 run of dates across the continent with John Judkins (Rwake) in support.

The two artists will release a collaborative 7" in support, which captures a live show at White Water Tavern in Little Rock, AK from March 2017 on a previous tour and will be limited to the tour with only 300 copies pressed.

Labels Rotting Forms debut announced

Posted Dec. 2, 2017, 11:32 a.m.

Rotting Forms debut announced

photo by Scott Wilkinson

Glory Kid Records has announced plans to release the debut from Rotting Forms titled At The Heart Of The World, featuring members of Ruiner and Hands Of Thieves. The label describes their sound as "a powerhouse of crushing riffs, raw synth tones, and the tortured cries of a soul displaced in this nightmarish modern world," alternately heavy and minimalist.

A tour is planned for late February into March 2018.

Records Swingin' Utters to release 33-song best of

Posted Dec. 2, 2017, 11:11 a.m.

Swingin' Utters to release 33-song best of

photo by Loren Green

Fat Wreck Chords will release Drowning in the Sea, Rising with the Sun next Friday, a 33 song best of compilation from Swingin' Utters as they prepare for their thirtieth anniversary as a band.

Formed in 1988 in San Francisco, the band released their first album, Streets of San Francisco, in 1995 and more recently released Fistful of Hollow in 2014. Guitarist Darius Koski released a solo record this year.

Labels New from Learning Curve Records

Posted Nov. 27, 2017, 8:07 p.m.

Learning Curve Records has a pair of new releases coming out soon, both splits. One is a full-length split between Gay Witch Abortion (Minneapolis) and The Grasshopper Lies Heavy (San Antonio), and the other is a split 7" between Tongue Party and USA Nails.

Both records release on Dec. 15, and will be available at a Dec. 1 Gay Witch Abortion/Tongue Party release show in Minneapolis.

Records Glassjaw returns on Friday

Posted Nov. 27, 2017, 6:29 p.m.

For the first time since 2002, Glassjaw will release an album of new material. Titled Material Control, the new release is slated for this Firday, Dec. 1.

Listen to "shira" in advance here:

Matieral Control is the band's first release since Worship and Tribute.

MP3s New Christmas tune from Body Stuff

Posted Nov. 25, 2017, 11:01 p.m.

New Christmas tune from Body Stuff

photo by Scott Wilkinson

Body Stuff, who released  Body Stuff 2 roughly one year ago, have unveriled a new holiday-themed single titled "On the Run." The new song will eventually appear on Body Stuff 3, currently still in development.

Check it out on their Bandcamp page.

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Tim Barry

High On 95

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Nobody can doubt Tim Barry’s heart. He’s worn it on his sleeve since he began his solo career with a 2005 demo. Depending how you count live records and demos, High on 95 is his eight record since then. Besides being prolific, his songs are largely first-person accounts of a drifter watching the world around him in wonder. The sound is traditional: mostly Barry and his acoustic guitar, and sometimes joined by additional backing musicians. The theme this time around continues to focus ...

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Super Food Family Classics by Jamie Oliver

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Dec. 10, 2017, 5:04 p.m.

Super Food Family Classics Jamie Oliver Penguin Books Australia   Jamie's Super Food Family Classics is the healthy-eating companion book to the new TV series of Jamie's Super Food. Every ... read more

Locust House by Adam Gnade

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Locust HouseAdam GnadeThree One G / Pioneer Press   This one is short, immersive, dense, turbulent and poignant. A novella-length rumination on a time, a place, and a culture. Less ... read more

Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami

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Dec. 7, 2017, 8:17 a.m.

Men without Women Haruki Murakami Penguin Books Australia   Men Without Women is a 2014 collection of short stories by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, which was recently translated in English in ... read more

Die Gestalten Verlag

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Die Gestalten Verlag is a publisher and creative agency mostly known for their 600 books on art, architecture, design, photography and typography. The company has 30 staff members through offices in ... read more

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