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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)

The task of summing up a well-organized European festival is large enough, especially since I dislike festivals to begin with. So I’ll leave you with ... read more

Regular Columns: Amy Oden: Making Punk a Drag Again

Amy Oden is a Baltimore-based musician and filmmaker. Her work includes the feature documentaries From the Back of the Room and Exotic, short-form documentaries for ... read more

Music: Dark Mofo Festival 2018

Hobart, Tasmania Australia Dark Mofo is unlike any other festival on this earthround. Never merely l’art pour l’art. Dark. Weird. Sexy. Transcendent. Joyous. Provocative. Unapologetic. ... read more

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Pig Destroyer return with Head Cage

Posted July 15, 2018, 7:26 p.m.
Pig Destroyer return with Head Cage

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Pig Destroyer will return with Head Cage on Sept. 7. Head Cage was recorded by guitarist Scott Hull, mixed and mastered by Will Putney, and features guest vocals from Richard Johnson and Kat Katz (Agoraphobic Nosebleed), plus Dylan Walker (Full of Hell). The new record includes 12 songs in total, playing at 33 minutes, and will be on Relapse Records.

Check out a video for the new "Army of Cops" below.

Fans seeking a trip back in time can read this 2012 interview with the band.

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Tours Full of Hell touring with Outer Heaven

Posted July 15, 2018, 6:33 p.m.

Full of Hell touring with Outer Heaven

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Full of Hell, who will soon embark on a European tour, will follow that by spanning the US East Coast with Relapse Records labelmates Outer Heaven in October.

Outer Heaven recently recorded their debut full-length with a scheduled late 2018 release date in mind, and to learn more about Full of Hell, check out SPB's interview with Dylan Walker.

Dates are after the jump.

Tours Eddie Spaghetti solo in Australia

Posted July 15, 2018, 6:08 p.m.

Eddie Spaghetti solo in Australia

Eddit Spaghetti of Supersuckers will be hitting Australia for a 7-date solo tour this August, beginning on August 10 and running until August 19.

For some words of wisdom from the veteran's career, check out his guest columns from 2013.

Tours Woe and Wrym announced tour dates

Posted July 15, 2018, 5:31 p.m.

Woe and Wrym announced tour dates

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In September, New York's Woe will begin a 12-date tour where they'll be joined by WVRM.

Woe most recently released Hope Attirition (Vendetta) in 2017.

Tours Anti-Flag heavy touring through October

Posted July 15, 2018, 5:15 p.m.

Anti-Flag heavy touring through October

photo by Jake Stark

In addition to a US tour this summer, Anti-Flag have announced UK and European dates to be joined by Silverstein, Cancer Bats, and Worriers and the band leads up to two ANTIfest dates in Netherlands and Germany.

For full lineups and tour stop info, hit the jump.

Labels New It Came From The Abyss compilation series

Posted July 15, 2018, 4:36 p.m.

New It Came From The Abyss compilation series

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Dark Operative will release It Came From The Abyss (Volume 1), the first in a series of thematic compilations, on August 10 on both digital and vinyl formats. The theme of Volume 1 is an A-side of genre heavy-hitters from metal and hardcore, such as The Dillinger Escape Plan, Iron Reagain, Power Trip, and more. The b-side focuses specifically on "the label's favorite instrumental, goth, indie, emo, and pop outfits of the past, present, and future," with cuts by Christie Front Drive, The All-American Rejects, and others (listed in full below).

Bands New song from Daughters, new LP to come

Posted July 15, 2018, 4:02 p.m.

New song from Daughters, new LP to come

photo by Reid Hathcock

Daughters have just released "Satan in the Wait," their first new song in 8 years.

The new song is a teaser of more to come, as the band just signed with Ipecac Recordings for a new album planned for release sometime later this year. 

The band, who last released a self-titled album in 2010, will also hit the road briefly (dates below).

Records Swingin' Utters return with new album

Posted July 15, 2018, 3:30 p.m.

Swingin' Utters return with new album

San Francisco punks Swingin' Utters have announced their next record, Peace and Love, will release on August 31 on Fat Wreck Chords.

 

The band unveiled a taste this week in the song "Human Potential."

Speaking of the new album, guitarist/vocalist Darius Koski says, “This is, by far, our absolutely most political record we’ve ever done...We don’t generally write very pointedly political songs. We tend to be a little more vague and abstract. But this one is pretty pointedly disgusted and pissed off and really directly attacking these fuckin’ people in office.”

The band will showcase the new material with a headlining tour that starts on August 23 in Morro Bay, CA.

Records New Porcupine out this fall

Posted July 15, 2018, 3 p.m.

New Porcupine out this fall

This fall Minneapolis trio Porcupine will release a new album on DC-Jam Records/Dead Broke Rekerds. The band includes former Hüsker Dü bassist Greg Norton.

Additional details will be announced closer to the actual release date.

Records Lemuria releases Companion

Posted July 14, 2018, 10:34 p.m.

Lemuria releases Companion

After releasing Recreational Hate in February, Lemuria has released Companion to "illuminate" the previous record's experience.

The first 7 songs on Companion come from the same recording session as Recreational Hate, while the final 6 are lo-fi demos giving listeners a chance to explore how Lemuria's songs come together.

In addition to the new material, the band is on the road later this month with Katie Ellen and Dusk, after playing in Austin, TX last night with the one and only Jawbreaker.

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