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Music: Scene Point Blank's Favorites: Year End (2017)

It's been a strange year. Global turmoil, political unrest, uncertainty and populism dogging every decision and public event. Who knows what 2018 will bring? But ... read more

Music: Pass The Mic: Artists and labels on 2017

Each year at SPB we reach out to the wide stable of artists, labels and other music scene folks to find out what their take ... read more

Interviews: Hiatus

The closing track on electronic musician Hiatus' latest album All the Troubled Hearts immediately catches you off guard. The gravelly voice of an older gentleman ... read more

Music: Top 10 Songs From the New David Bowie Boxed Set “A New Career in a New Town”

David Bowie, one could argue, is the most influential artist ever. I may get some shit for that comment, but he had done more to ... read more

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

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Bind Torture Kill reveal new song ahead of new record

Posted Jan. 16, 2018, 9:01 p.m.
Bind Torture Kill reveal new song ahead of new record

France's Bind Torture Kill will release a new full-length on Wooaaargh later this month: Jan. 26. To hold fans over in the meantime, they're streaming "Perte et Fracas" here.

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Records Rogue Wave's Asleep At Heaven's Gate 10 year edition

Posted Jan. 16, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Rogue Wave's Asleep At Heaven's Gate 10 year edition

photo by Loren Green

Rogue Wave will release a fully remastered double-LP version of their 2008 record, Asleep At Heaven's Gate. The 10th anniversary edition will include four rare tracks, including a version of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love."

The new version comes out on March 16 on Slow Down Sounds and will be followed by a lengthy tour from the group.

Labels SIGE early 2018 releases

Posted Jan. 15, 2018, 12:57 p.m.

SIGE early 2018 releases

Extreme experimental label SIGE is releasing collaborative works featuring Nick Yacyshyn, Brian Sepanzyk, House of Low Culture, Daniel Menche, Caustic Touch, EMS, Keiji Haino and SUMAC. Visit their website for more information.

Records Sports Reference stream new EP

Posted Jan. 7, 2018, 8:20 p.m.

Sports Reference stream new EP

Somewhere Else, a new EP from Sports Ference and Emocat Records, is streaming online at New Noise.

The record was recorded at Haunted Muscle Beach Studios (Gainesville, FL) with David Bell (Dikembe) as producer and released on Friday Jan. 5.

Bands New record & new tour from The Dodges

Posted Jan. 5, 2018, 8:19 p.m.

New record & new tour from The Dodges

The Dodges just released a new record titled Roll With, to be followed by a US West Coast tour later this month.

Released on La Escalera Records, the album features three new songs combined with four songs off their previous EP, Yelling At Adult Men. Stream it here.

Bands D.O.A. to enter studio for 40th anniversary album

Posted Jan. 5, 2018, 7:43 p.m.

D.O.A. to enter studio for 40th anniversary album

D.O.A. have announced plans to hit the studio in two weeks for an album to be released later this year, their 40th as a group. Currently untitled, the band says they've written 14 songs and will include a 1980's cover as well.

The album, still to be record, is scheduled for a May release on Sudden Death Records.

Records Surprise new album from Jeff Rosenstock

Posted Jan. 4, 2018, 10:01 p.m.

Surprise new album from Jeff Rosenstock

Jeff Rosentstock - POST-

Jeff Rosenstock kicked off the new year by pleasing fans with a downloadable new record title POST- on the Quote Unquote Records Bandcamp, available for free or donation. The new album will be released in physical format, on vinyl, by Polyvinyl Records on March 23, 2018.

Rosenstock will be on tour in February with Lemuria.

MP3s 2017 sampler from Art As Catharsis

Posted Dec. 21, 2017, 9:06 p.m.

2017 sampler from Art As Catharsis

photo by Scott Wilkinson

Art as Catharsis label is offering up a downloadable 2017 sampler for fans and curious new seekers of new music.

The sampler includes 20 diverse tracks, including songs by Adrift for Days, Diploid, Omahara, and more.

Records Dean Ween Group's Rock2

Posted Dec. 21, 2017, 8:48 p.m.

Dean Ween Group's Rock2

The Dean Ween Group, founded by none other than Dean Ween (formerly of Ween), has announced a second album coming out on March 9. Titled Rock2, it was recorded in his Lambertville, NJ studio.

"A lot has changed since I released my first 'solo album' a couple of years ago," Deaner says. "This album is a snapshot of the fall of 2016--there have been a lot of tunes recorded before then and even more since then, but this is my second official solo album. These were written for this sole purpose and recorded with the entire lineup: the best band in the world, Ween -- Claude Coleman Jr., Dave Dreiwitz, and Glenn McClelland, also the other best band in the world, the lineup of the DWG -- Mike Dillon, Bill Fowler, Ray Kubian, Scott Rednor, and the other 50 members and usual suspects."

The Deaner Record came out in 2016.

Labels Glory Kid adds At the Heart of the World

Posted Dec. 18, 2017, 8:51 p.m.

Glory Kid adds At the Heart of the World

Glory Kid Ltd. has announced a new band on their roster, the metal/industrial At the Heart of the World, with their debut Rotting Forms.

Described as minimalist and nightmarish, the band draws comparisons to late '80s Ministry, High-Functioning Flesh, and Youth Code. 

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Ann Beretta

Old Scars, New Blood

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There’s a lot of analysis when listening to Old Scars, New Blood. When singer Rob Huddleston sings, “Nothing ever changes/ Nothing ever stays the same” in “Fairweather,” it seems to epitomize the experience of this record, a re-recording of 13 songs by the recently born again Ann Beretta.I can’t decide if this album is a great idea, modernizing a reformed band, or if it’s purely self-indulgent and unnecessary. Considering the state of ‘90s punk being mostly out of print, it’s probably ...

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Otoboke Beaver

Love is Short

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To put it mildly, Otoboke Beaver's Love is Short doesn't beat around the bush, though that phrase seems wildly inappropriate given the origin of the band's name. Following a churning title track that ...

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Jesse Fink

Bon: The Last Highway: The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC's Back in Black

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Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott.Lyrics, the personality and presence – it is not merely because of his vocal range and the band he headed that he is considered to be one ...

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Ryan Adams

Prisoners B Sides

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Ryan Adams is one of the 21st centuries most prolific songwriters. Like Springsteen on speed, he just can’t seem to stop, whether it’s country, blues, metal, or an assortment of ...

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Kid You Not

Never A Dull Movement

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Kid You Not has some pretty clear influences behind their melodic pop-punk sound. With semi-coarse vocals that lead to big sing-along choruses, Iron Chic and Red City Radio shine through. It’s not really shining ...

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Weezer

Pacific Daydream

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I think that sometimes it’s really hard to review a Weezer record… I mean.. Their first record, the self-titled Blue album, is firmly perched on the list of “best debut ...

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Watain

Trident Wolf Eclipse

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Spending any length of time with Watain will convince you of at least one thing: this is a band who means it. For this Swedish horde, black metal is life. ...

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Remedy

Cool

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One thing I love about split albums is that there’s more often than not one band on it that is new to me. I’ve discovered some really great bands or ...

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Daniel Miller and Terry Burrows

Mute: A visual document from 1978 – tomorrow

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For the uninitiated, and if you are, you might want to look at changing that immediately – shame on you: Mute Records (commonly known, referred to and stylized as “mute”) ...

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NOFX

NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories

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NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories is a comprehensive autobiography from one of the world’s most prominent punk bands that worked its way up. New aficionados as well as die-hard ...

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Neil Young and The Promise of the Real

The Visitor

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Neil Young releases records at an alarming rate for a septuagenarian. It doesn’t matter, the guy gets a gold pass on whatever he releases. His recent health scare not slowing ...

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Parkway Drive @ Metro Theatre

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Jan. 19, 2018, 3:52 p.m.

Parkway Drive Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia January 18, 2018 Let’s delve into physics and its underpinning laws, shall we? In a nutshell, the law of Boyle-Mariotte captures the concept of ... read more

American Idiot – The Musical @ Opera House

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Jan. 17, 2018, 10:34 p.m.

American Idiot – The Musical Opera House Sydney, Australia January 11, 2018 The first time and only time I saw Green Day live was in 1991 during their first European ... read more

NYE in the Park - Sydney

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Jan. 8, 2018, 9:06 p.m.

NYE in the Park Victoria Park Sydney, Australia December 31, 2017 There is no shortage of iconic locations that New Years Eve can be celebrated at in Sydney.  The boutique-y ... read more

Run The Jewels @ Big Top

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Jan. 7, 2018, 6:16 p.m.

Run the Jewels Big Top, Luna Park Sydney, Australia January 5, 2018 Given their respective careers and pedigree, I could not help but be intrigued when I was first introduced ... read more

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