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Digital Affairs Neurotic is the new release from VVEGAS, who tend to write and release music often, and whose sole purpose is to continue releasing ... read more

Regular Columns: Only Death Is Real #1

There’s so much music released, whether physically or digitally, that keeping up with what’s going on becomes almost like a full-time job. There’s only so ... read more

Music: Scene Point Blank's Favorites: The Year So Far (July 2018)

We're halfway through the year. When did that happen? Luckily for you, SPB's expert staff are on hand to guide you through the records you ... read more

Regular Columns: The Anxiety of Influence

In February 1996 late novelist David Foster Wallace released a modern masterpiece, Infinite Jest, uncovering a wellspring of contemporary criticism and psychological diagnosis. Granted his ... read more

Music: Graspop Metal Meeting 2018 (Friday)

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SPB exclusive: Discardography 2011-2013 by Warm Needles

SPB exclusive: Discardography 2011-2013 by Warm Needles

Warm Needles - Discardography 2011-2013

Out on August 1, Scene Point Blank is pleased to team up once again with Tour Van Records to share a full stream of the new Discardography 2011-2013 from Warm Needles. Originally released by the band as a tour CDR in 2014, it’s now been remastered for vinyl by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering (Chicago, IL).

The record compiles several 7-inches, splits, and songs from compilations into one 12-song package with artwork compiled of recycled dollar bin LPs using special decals, making each package one of a kind.

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Bands Mewithoutyou Announce Untitled Album, Untitled EP and Untitled Tour

Posted Aug. 17, 2018, 2:47 a.m.

Mewithoutyou Announce Untitled Album, Untitled EP and Untitled Tour

Mewithoutyou will be be releasing their new full length album, [Untitled], on October 5th via Run For Cover. If you don't think you can wait, you can get their companion EP, [untitled], now digitally. It will release physically along with the full length. They'll be supporting the new album on their US tour this Fall. Check out the new track, "Julia (or, 'Holy to the LORD' on the Bells of Horses)" and dates after the jump.

Tours Real Friends Go On Tour This Fall

Posted Aug. 17, 2018, 2:01 a.m.

Real Friends Go On Tour This Fall

Real Friends will be hitting the road in support of their new album, Composure -- out now on Fearless Records. They'll be joined by Boston Manor, Grayscale, and Eat Your Heart Out. Dates below:

Real Friends Composure Tour:
Oct 17 - Minneapolis, MN - The Garage 
Oct 18 -  Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
Oct 19 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre 
Oct 20 - Salt Lake City, UT - Complex
Oct 22 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
Oct 23 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
Oct 25 - San Francisco, CA - August Hall
Oct 26 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom
Oct 27 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
Oct 28 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
Oct 30 - San Diego, CA - Irenic
Oct 31 - Mesa, AZ - Nile Theatre
Nov 2 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
Nov 3 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
Nov 4 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
Nov 6 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade Hall
Nov 7 - Orlando, FL - The Abbey
Nov 8 - Orlando, FL - The Abbey
Nov 9 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle   
Nov 10 - Richmond, VA - Canal Club
Nov 11 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
Nov 13 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church 
Nov 14 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
Nov 15 - Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Lanes
Nov 16 - New York City, NY - Irving Plaza
Nov 17 - Boston, MA - Royale
Nov 18 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
Nov 20 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Nov 21 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theatre
Nov 23 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
Nov 24 - Detroit, MI - Saint Andrews Hall
Nov 25 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues 

Records Silent Planet Announce When The End Began and New Video

Posted Aug. 17, 2018, 1:38 a.m.

Silent Planet Announce When The End Began and New Video

Silent Planet announced they will release their new album, When the End Began, via Solid State Records. No release date has been specified, but you can pre-order now.  You can check out the music video for their new song, "Share the Body" after the jump.

Bands Say Goodbye to Say Anything? New Music First

Posted Aug. 17, 2018, 1:16 a.m.

Say Goodbye to Say Anything? New Music First

Say Anything just released a new track, "Daze," from their upcoming new album, Oliver Appropriate. In a lengthy statement from Max Bemis, he announced that the band is "kind of, sort of," being put to rest with the possibility of more music in the future. He announced "there will be no full U.S. tour to support the record or in the new future." No release date was given. Only that the release is near and will be put out on Dine Alone. Other information divulged in the statement was mostly personal and about where Max Bemis is at the moment, but he did reveal that this album will end the story that began with You can check out "Daze" after the jump.

 

Videos Joyce Manor Think They're Still In Love With You

Posted Aug. 16, 2018, 5:27 p.m.

Joyce Manor Think They're Still In Love With You

Joyce Manor have released the music video for their new track, "Think I'm Still in Love With You." The track comes from their upcoming album, Million Dollars to Kill Me -- set to release September 21th via Epitaph. Video after the jump.

Videos Anti-Flag Release Music Video for "American Attraction"

Posted Aug. 16, 2018, 5:06 p.m.

Anti-Flag Release Music Video for "American Attraction"

Anti-Flag premiered their new music video for the acoustic version of "American Attraction." This acoustic version of this track that  originally appeared on their 2017 album, American Fall, comes from their new album, American Reckoning. The new album features acoustic versions of songs from their past two albums. It'll be released via Spinefarm Records on September 28th. Check the video after the jump.

 

Obituaries Soul Legend Aretha Franklin Passes Away

Posted Aug. 16, 2018, 4:41 p.m.

Soul Legend Aretha Franklin Passes Away

One of the world's greatest voices, Aretha Franklin, passed away this morning at the age of 76 due to a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Records Saves the Day Announce Album Number 9 and New Track

Posted Aug. 16, 2018, 3:45 a.m.

Saves the Day Announce Album Number 9 and New Track

Saves the Day are back after five years to release their new album entitled, 9, via Equal Vision Records on October 26th. Find the tracklist below. You can check out the new single, "Rendezvous," after the jump.

 9 Tracklist:

1. Saves the Day
2. Suzuki
3. Side By Side
4. Kerouac & Cassady
5. It’s Such a Beautiful World
6. Rose
7. 1997
8. Rendezvous
9. 29

 

Bands Fucked Up Release Video and Track, "Normal People"

Posted Aug. 16, 2018, 3:30 a.m.

Fucked Up Release Video and Track, "Normal People"

Fucked Up have released a music video for their new track, "Normal People," from their upcoming album, Dose Your Dreams. The new record will be released via their new home, Merge Records, on October 5th. Check the video after the jump.

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