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Music: Top Ten Acts We're Excited About at Riot Fest 2017

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Interviews: Rebecca Foon (Saltland)

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Interviews: Mick Flannery

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Interviews: Jeff Rosenstock and Making Answers for Yourself

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Interviews: Junior Bruce

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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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Records Upcoming solo album by Nahko

Posted Sept. 17, 2017, 9:47 p.m.

Upcoming solo album by Nahko

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SideOneDummy Records announced My Name Is Bear, the upcoming solo record by Nahko Bear, also known as the frontman of Nahko and Medicine for the People.

Set for an Oct. 20 release, the album covers Nahko's search and reunion with his birth mother, a topic he discussed in an interview with SPB last fall.

Videos Sciatic Nerve leak a new 49-second track

Posted Sept. 17, 2017, 9:48 a.m.

Sciatic Nerive, a new Bay Area (California) band featuring members of Swingin' Utters, Nothington, Western Addiction and Cobra Skulls have unveiled a self-titled video from their upcoming self-titled debut.

"I think the idea behind a song like this is just to set the pace and throw back to old punk, like when the Ramones would have a song with only a couple of lyrics. A lot of people won't get it, but that's fine," says vocalist Chris Matulich (also of Nothington).

Check out the video below. The album comes out on Oct. 13 via Anxious & Angry Records (US) and Gunner Records (Europe).

Tours Drake announces Australian tour

Posted Sept. 16, 2017, 9:55 a.m.

Drake announces Australian tour

The teasing and the waiting is over — Drake has announced that he will tour Australia in 2017.

Drizzy is set to play some huge all-ages arena shows in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne this November, as part of his Boy Meets World tour.

The 30-year-old’s new trip down under became seemingly inevitable after his Aussie label Universal Music Australia posted a series of teasers on their socials last week, featuring the rapper atop various Australian landmarks.

Drake previously toured Australia in 2015, when he was here for Future Music Festival and a run of sideshows. This time around, he’ll be performing off the back of his 2016 album Views and his 2017 project More Life.

Obituaries Grant Hart (Hüsker Dü), 1961-2017

Posted Sept. 14, 2017, 8:33 a.m.

Grant Hart, one of three co-founders of Hüsker Dü, passed away this morning at the age of 56. Hüsker Dü released albums on SST and Warner Bros, with Hart later releasing material with Nova Mob and as a solo artist. At present, his cause of death is unconfirmed. Pitchfork reports that Hart was suffering from a form of cancer. Condolences to Hart's family, friends and music fans everywhere.

Check out a 1QI SPB conducted with the St. Paul-based musician back in 2013.

Tours The Bronx & Pennywise to hit Australia

Posted Sept. 13, 2017, 9:35 p.m.

The Bronx & Pennywise to hit Australia

With the Pennywise + The Bronx Sydney show at the Enmore Theatre on Sunday October 29 on the verge of selling out, an exclusive headline show for The Bronx has been secured. Taking place at Oxford Art Factory on Monday October 30 this will be an absolute banger and tickets go on sale this Thursday September 14, 9am.

Joining The Bronx will be Sydney 5-piece hardcore rock 'n' roll band Bare Bones.

Shows Tim Rogers (You Am I) collaborates on musical

Posted Sept. 12, 2017, 8:30 a.m.

Tim Rogers (You Am I) collaborates on musical

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His achingly lyrical first solo album, What Rhymes with Cars and Girls, cemented You Am I frontman Tim Rogers’ already formidable reputation as one of Australia’s premier songwriters. Now, his music and lyrics have been applied to the musical format.

Playwright Aidan Fennessy (National Interest) has threaded these beautiful songs across the class divide to create a tale of love in contemporary Australia.

Performed with a live band led by Rogers, What Rhymes with Cars and Girls is an intimate musical that sees two lovers brought together by a conjunction of the stars and a pizza delivery gone weird. 

Tim Rogers can be experienced in this theatre incarnation at Riverside Theatres Parramatta 

Dates: 11 October - 14 October 2017

Music News RARAs Farm's Music Blog looks at new Descendents

Posted Sept. 9, 2017, 3:05 p.m.

RARAs Farm's Music Blog looks at new Descendents

photo by Loren Green

With the Descendents set to tour the US this fall, RARAs Farm's Music Blog has posted a personal review-style exploration of last year's Who We Are, the band's first new album in over a decade.

Read about it at the link above, and check after the jump for the band's upcoming tour dates.

Records Secret LP from Lemuria

Posted Sept. 9, 2017, 1:26 p.m.

Secret LP from Lemuria

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Lemuria have announced a secret LP, available on order only from the band. While details about the album are sparse, it contains 10 unreleased songs and will be sold in a gatefold vinyl, as well as in varied bundles that include personalization, posters, and more.

Bands Pere Ubu dates and new album

Posted Sept. 9, 2017, 12:36 p.m.

Pere Ubu dates and new album

Pere Ubu - touring band 2017

With a new album titled 20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo scheduled to come out on Sept. 29 (Cherry Red Records), Pere Ubu will also embark on a US tour to mark the release.

Formed in 1975, the group last released Carnival Of Souls.

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Death From Above

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So long, 1979. D.F.A. are back without the tag and without the chronological baggage that came along with their previous album, 2014's The Physical World. A ten year gap between that and their debut album was a hard thing to overcome, expectations wise. And Physical, while a very welcome return just felt slightly underwhelming, despite burners like "Right On, Frankenstein!" and "Always On".So it's interesting that in just 3 years time, Sebastien Grainger, and Jesse Keeler, the band's drummer/vocalist and bassist, ...

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Exploded View by Sam McPheeters

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Sept. 18, 2017, 9:40 p.m.

Exploded View Sam McPheeters Talos Publishing Born Against. Vermiform Records. Error Fanzine. Men’s Recovery Project. Wrangler Brutes. Punk Planet. On-air disputes with Sick of it All. Touring Europe with Articles ... read more

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Sept. 14, 2017, 8:18 a.m.

Italian Film Festival 2017 Palace Cinemas Sydney, AU September 12, 2017 The twelfth of September saw the kick off of Italian Film Festival 2017 in Sydney: The Italian Film Festival was ... read more

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