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The Judas Kiss @ Old Fitzroy Theatre

Posted Feb. 23, 2017, 8:19 a.m. by T

The Judas Kiss by playwright David Hare
Old Fitzroy Theatre
Sydney, AUS
February 15 – March 11, 2017

Sydney’s Old Fitzroy and its theatre operation is a cultural touchstone that uniquely links generations in a town slavishly fixated to the latest fad. A bar without posturing that holds its history and popularity. Nightlife without the Old Fitzroy's could not be a blander proposition.

With over 100 years of history, this family-owned gem is hidden in the back streets of Woolloomooloo, not far from Sydney’s once seedy alleys of Kings Cross.

Boasting Australia’s only pub theatre, the Old Fitz Theatre seats 60 showing quality performances of classics and contemporary independent theatre. With no contracts to big breweries the sixteen taps of the bar are full of an excellent range of craft beers, which continually rotate and follow the season. What’s not to love?

In 2015, Red Line Productions re-opened the doors of the legendary Old Fitz Theatre - a venue that was built in 1997 by a group of passionate theatre makers.

Alumni from the tiny Old Fitz stage include Tim Minchin, Kate Mulvany, Mark Priestley, Toby Schmitz, Ewen Leslie, Brendan Cowell, Blazey Best, Christopher Stollery, Travis Cotton, Ella Scott Lynch, Patrick Brammell and Leon Ford.

The intensely intimate nature of the venue allows for fearless programming and production, which led to The Old Fitz establishing itself as a quality ensemble theatre.

Enter David Hare’s Judas Kiss:

In the spring of 1895, the dauntlessly, impeccably stylish poet, playwright and bon vivant Oscar Wilde was at the peak of his witty existence. One of his Masterpieces The Importance of Being Ernest had become a hit in the West End, making him the toast of London. Yet by summer he was serving two years in prison for gross indecency.

The beginning scene of David Hare’s 1998 drama Judas Kiss is the Cadogan Hotel in 1895, where Wilde gathers his thoughts after losing a libel suit against the Marquess of Queensbury, the father of his lover Alfred Douglas, also known as “Boisie”. The Marquess, enraged by the couple’s recklessly public and, in Victorian society’s view, amoral affair, openly insulted the writer and thus a lawsuit ensued. Now the defeated writer struggles with a burden of conscience — flee to France to escape persecution or stay and stand his ground, even when Boisie’s love is fickle and inconstant.

The Redline incarnation of the production starts out with a bang with a young, naked couple enthusiastically getting it on.

After an unplanned coitus interuptus, we find out they’re a serving boy and a maid taking advantage of the bed in a hotel room they’re supposed to be readying for Mr. Wilde. The author is in the midst of the public disgrace that ruined his life and career, facing a trial for indecency (id est homosexuality) and the prospect of immediate imprisonment.

Ever devoted to decadence, Wilde resigns to relishing the present moment — chugging wine, sitting down to lunch, quarreling and canoodling with his young lover, Bosie— all while a mob gathers outside and his arrest seems imminent. His supporters take different sides in Oscar’s fight-or-flight decision, with Bosie insisting he may be able to help if Wilde stays, as his father is the writer’s adversary in court, while Wilde’s former lover and trusted friend Robert Ross pleads that he escape to France on the next train.

He misses his chance, and the second act finds Wilde in exile following two years of imprisonment. He and Bosie are down and out in Naples, where they’re low on money but rich in the currency of decadence and bodily pleasures. Oscar is in rigor mortis, passive, not writing and can hardly get up from his chair as he faces betrayal. Bosie is as selfish as ever; Ross shows up to tell Wilde his family is done waiting for him.

The both romantic individualist, master of paradox and victim Wilde that emerges from Iain Sinclair’s melancholic and at times somber incarnation of Judas Kiss, is a multifaceted character: One who can either be admired for his uncompromising moral integrity and enduring intelligence, or pitied for his willful capacity for self-destruction.

Josh Quong Tart manages to portray Wilde’s inner upheavals and giving depth to great emotions that could easily run danger of border lining worn out clichés.

Quong Tart masters the technically difficult task of playing Wilde, a character where the slightest slip would result in breaking character.

It comes with the territory and lies in the childish hysteric character of his counterpart, Bosie, performed by Hayden Maher, that its portrayal is painted with a broader brush with at times simplistic strokes. Strokes that make it difficult to decipher what the attraction was for Wilde in the first place.

Enormously present and anchoring the play is Simon London in his intentionally understated yet nuanced role of Wilde’s confidante Robbie.

The main protagonists are flanked by Robert Alexander, Luke Fewster, Hannah Raven and David Soncin.

Time has been kind to Judas Kiss and Redline Production’s take on it only amplifies the rich, relevant and resonant piece it is.

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Photos by KAVV

Julian Assange @ Seymour Centre

Posted Feb. 22, 2017, 9:03 p.m. by T

Julian Assange: No More Secrets, No More Lies
Think Inc.
Seymour Centre
Sydney, AUS
February 18, 2017

Julian Assange.

A controversional figure and divisive subject.

For some, an intense, driven and valiant campaigner for transparency, the democratization of information and justice when it comes to what governments should and should not do, enabling the public to be the judge.

Publicity seeking traitor endangering lives by putting sensitive information into the public domain to others.

Assange is the founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, a web-based dead letterbox for leakers, which started publishing confidential documents and images, in 2006.

WikiLeaks came to global prominence and made headlines around the world in April 2010, when it released footage showing US soldiers shooting civilians from a helicopter in Iraq, what became known as the Collateral Murder video and Afghanistan war logs, ultimately triggering the United States government launching a criminal investigation and asking allied nations for assistance.

Later that year, he was detained in the UK after Sweden issued an international arrest warrant over allegations of sexual assault. He spent the following months fighting extradition while under house arrest in England.

Westminster Magistrates' Court approved the extradition in February 2011 and this was later upheld by the High Court.
On 14 June 2012, the UK Supreme Court dismissed his application to re-open the appeal.

Subsequently, Assange sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he remains after being granted political asylum by the South American country since August 2012.

He fears being extradited from Sweden to the US and put on trial for releasing secret US documents. He has been holed up in the embassy ever since as he will be arrested once he leaves.

The material published by WikiLeaks since its inception includes transcripts of private speeches made by Hillary Clinton in 2013 and 2014, leading to the accusation of abetting the candidacy of Donald J. Trump.

The conversation with Assange proved that is acutely aware that whatever he and his organisations do, prompts the public to stigmatize him as pro-this or contra-that, yet emphasized that he has no institutional bias and that he perceives it as his role and mission to take on abusers of power. He considers resulting, ensuing controversies as collateral damage worth engaging in.

Despite the mounting legal and political pressure coming from Washington, he continues to publish in a bid to reveal not just individual incidents, but information about entire structures of power.

His ultimate aim is not to show glimpses by releasing documents but to fully unveil mechanisms, hierarchies and supporting, underlying economic forces that sustain it. Metaphorically speaking: Showing the constellations, not merely the stars in isolation to allow the public to read and make sense of the night sky.

WikiLeaks has been accused of not curating content and therefore picking and choosing material solely to harm their adversaries.
Assange explained that he believes in the integrity of uncensored source material, which is based on having a secure anonymous online submission system to protect the sources’ identities, and in the value of conserving collections of documents, which informs WikiLeaks efforts to make it accessible to the public.

He underlined that WikiLeaks has a solid track record of having released accurate information – an impressive feat given that WikiLeaks has transformed more than 10 million documents into a unique searchable archive, not only making their website the world’s largest online library for suppressed information, but also enabling greater contextualization through relationships across publications.

Assange, in his usual composed and eloquent manner, challenged the audience from all political leanings to take serious consideration of journalistic freedom and the implications of a silenced media: Silence is consent and ignorance – be it willing or unwilling – will only lead to someone else taking reign and deciding over you.

The evening was hosted by the Australian comedian and member of the satirical media empire The Chaser, whose cultivated inquisitiveness and curiosity steered the conversation. He seamlessly transitioned from delving into intricate and complex topics to trivia about Assange’s life and routine at the Ecuadorian embassy, including a cameo of his cat.

The engaging event culminated in a Q & A from audience members and successfully bridged the gap between inquisitive voices from the public and Assange through dialogue and discourse, which has somewhat become the DNA of Think Inc. in its endeavours to provoke thought and to address the issues of changes that need to be made.

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Photo by T

Wil Wagner @ Oxford Art Factory

Posted Feb. 21, 2017, 8:18 a.m. by T

Wil Wagner
Oxford Art Factory
Sydney, AUS
February 19, 2017

As the frontman, singer, lyricist, guitarist and keyboardist of The Smith Street Band -- an allusion to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band –- the name meaning to encapsulate an iconic Melbourne street, which also happened to be along an iconic Melbourne route who had a typically route 86 sound, Wil Wagner has two critically acclaimed LPs under his belt.

While still aligning with the DNA of The Smith Street Band, him stepping away from the horde and only armed with his guitar presents him as an endearing, vulnerable singer / songwriter, delivering barebones heartfelt, open and simplistically honest ditties that defy the humdrum of modern life and what standards and its demands impose upon us.

In a live environment the raw and personal songs are carried by their content, Wagner’s charisma and him wearing his heart on his sleeve – the soundtrack to having beers with friends and reminisce or alternatively bleed your lil’ heart out about unreciprocated love.

While it would be easy to label and compare Wil’s solo efforts with the myriad of other punk luminaries going it alone and insist that a bit of variation might contribute to his oeuvre, it is his self-depreciation, the at times quirky vocal harmonies and his fearlessness when it comes to tapping into what is commonly referred to as weaknesses and displaying the whole spectrum of struggles one encounters as a human being, that despite the often depressing content of his songs, manages to comfort not only frazzled twenty-somethings but turns frowns of upside down all around.

Check him out while he still has “best kept secret” status...

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Photo by KAVV

Acid Haus @ Australian Design Centre

Posted Feb. 19, 2017, 9:06 a.m. by T

Acid Haus by United Cellars
Australian Design Centre
Sydney, AUS
February 16, 2017

Acid house is probably the simplest and gentlest subgenre of house music and was developed around the mid-1980s by DJs from Chicago. Primarily by the deep bass lines and "squelching" sounds of the Roland TB-303 electronic synthesizer-sequencer
Acid house's minimalist production aesthetic combined house music's ubiquitous programmed 4/4 beat with the electronic ‘squelch' sound produced by the Roland TB-303 electronic synthesizer-sequencer by constantly modulating its frequency and resonance controls to create 'movement' in otherwise simple bass patterns.

It is fabled that the etymology of “Acid” House can be traced back to the fact that it was first used in nightclubs where the use of psychedelic clubs were reportedly used and a celebratory reference to psychedelic drugs in general, with it bearing connotations the fragmentation of experience and dislocation of meaning due to the unstructuring effects on thought patterns, which psycho-active drugs can bring about.

The wines the sturdy, late-ripening white grape Riesling, at times referred to as the “king of grapes” and one of the most aromatic wine varieties in the world, are based on, is very high in acid often not seldomly likened to fruit juice, with primary fruit aromas being nectarine, apricot, honey-crisp apple and pear, as well as interesting nuances ranging from honeycomb to chemical aromas, e.g. rubber and diesel fuel.

It is these complex, acidic flavours and the intoxicating effect the consumption can have, that inspired United Cellars to host a celebratory tribute to the psychedelic qualities of their favourite Rieslings:

Acid Haus, a smart pun on the genre-defining label with a nod to the inofficial homeland of Riesling, Germany.

Established in 2004, United Cellars has moved beyond the traditional wine club, bypassing the middlemen, to work directly with leading wineries across Australia and around the world to arrange educational tasting events and wine experiences on a regular basis, which serve as a casual forum for attendants to tap into the knowledge of sommeliers and United Cellar’s bespoke wine advisory service called "Cellar Angels".

With the Australian Design Centre serving as the launch pad, which is dedicated to embracing the highest degree of craftsmanship and the committed to advance contemporary design practices, United Cellars took us on a voyage to taste local Australian, varieties of New Zealand via Austria and the steep slopes of Germany’s Rhine and Mosel.

Riesling also performs well in neighboring Austria and Alsace. In Alsace, contemporary producers are building richer, fuller style wines through later harvesting, longer fermentations and extended time on lees. Textured examples were the Domaine Barmès Buecher Riesling Hengst Grand Cru, of which the complex 2007 and 2010 varieties were available mastering the tightrope walk between a smidgeon of residual sweetness and electric acidity, finishing dry. Delish.

Interestingly, there is more Riesling planted in Australia than in France. Much of it was cultivated by Silesian settlers to South Australia. These Rieslings retain acidity due to cool night-time temperatures, while exhibiting aromas of mainly lime and citrus marmalade; with age and the nights favourite and recommendation from your humble narrator was Brackenwood – Adelaide Hills, SA (bio dynamic), with its Riesling 2015 and Riesling Botrytis 2014 varieties, textural and mouthfilling wines with a lovely cushioning of fruits.

The schist soils of Central Otago convinced with Lake Wanaka’s bio dynamic Riesling Jeunesse 2015 and Riesling Mature Vines 2013 varieties, which provided a smooth, lip smacking acidic transition to the top examples for Germanic Rieslings, a category in which Dr. Loosen’s WS Kabinett 2015 with its steeling crunchy acidity and the more affordable, aromatic 2014 Wittmann Hugel 100 with its floral top notes and hint of ripe tropical fruits managed to convince.

The evening which had a total of 40 Rieslings on offer was accompanied by freshly shucked oysters from the Ralston brothers, cheeses from Simon Johnson and a soundtrack that was much more agreeable than the emissions of the Acid House movement of the late 1980s.

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Photos by KAVV

TEDxSydneySalon @ International Towers

Posted Feb. 18, 2017, 10:25 a.m. by T

TEDxSydneySalon
International Towers, Barangaroo
February 15, 2017

TEDxSydneySalons are the smaller, smart relatives of the TedX events offering intimate, evening events combining talks, films and music. Designed to spark discussion and debate, TEDxSydneySalons are a great forum to exchange ideas and kickstart collaborations.

The February 2017 incarnation investigated the theme of technology and took place in Tower Two, International Towers, in Sydney’s newest suburb, Barangaroo, which is heralded as a nexus of innovation in design, engineering, and sustainability.

The lineup included an interview with 2016 TEDxSydney speaker Dr.Jordan Nguyen, a visionary writer, and engineer. Jordan is a Vietnamese-Australian biomedical engineer and inventor whose achievements include creating a mind-controlled wheelchair, and whose technological innovations are targeted at improving the lives of those living with physical disabilities. He is a keynote speaker and futurist, with strong views on using technology for maximum positive global impact. His work has gained considerable media attention across Australia, featuring on ABC's Catalyst and Channel TEN's The Project.

Nguyen shared his latest technological learning and personal insights into the use of innovative, intelligent and assistive technology to improve lives, particularly for those with physical disabilities, as well as the groundbreaking opportunities in work in STEM, infused with his warmth which brings a human aspect to the understanding of science and engineering.

Nguyen has worked closely with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and with a range of individuals with Cerebral Palsy, which created the transition to Jessica Irwin, a young woman who was born with a high level of cerebral palsy and with an equally high level of self-determination and raw talent, who joined Nguyen to speak about the role of technology in her creative life: She's a photographer and although she loves snapping pictures of musicians, her dream has been to perform with them. Now, thanks to an instrument newly, which can be played with her eyes and developed by Jordan Nguyen, this has become a reality, enabling her to fulfill her dream of playing music onstage with other musicians, culminating in a performance at Sydney’s Opera House. The software allows a person to control the computer with their eyes and basically plays her music device that was custom-made with Jessica.

Joining Jess Irwin on stage were the soloist and chamber musician, Thomas Rann, and violist James Wannan from the Australia Piano Quartet as well as Jack Symonds, a composer, conductor and accompanist, and Artistic Director of Sydney Chamber Opera.

In addition, we heard from John Goh, an inspiring school principal from Merrylands in South Western Sydney whose innovative practices using disruptive technologies are transcending traditional school learning. When Goh noticed children dozing off in afternoon classes, he decided to trial starting the school day earlier. It was a radical idea and out of step with the state's centralised public school system but Goh believed it to be the perfect solution for Merrylands East Public School. Now his school community is considering a plan for lessons to be held from 8am to 1.15pm before students work at a homework centre until 3pm. He believes schools should be innovative, flexible and continually give back to the local community. Six years ago, the school decided to install 68 solar power panels - saving thousands on its electricity bill. About 10% of his students are former refugees and the vast majority of students learn English for the first time when they start school. Goh endeavours to enable all of his students to become literate in information and communications technology and class blogs, electronically pen-paling and conversing via email and virtual chat rooms, video conferencing and working on video productions.

Swift change of topic: Alice Gorma is an internationally recognised leader in the emerging field of space archaeology and exploration. She introduced us to the concept of “lunar mining” and asked us to consider how it will affect the way we feel about the Moon.
Singer, multi-instrumentalist and harpist, Jake Meadows rounded off the proceedings with a modern marriage of not one but three harps in all their glory and electronics, which transitioned into post-event sunset drinks and discussions, where TEDx community members could try out a DJ mash up box: A touch screen onto which cubes with instruments / vocals could be placed and moved to create unique sounds and thereby a playful DJ experience of another kind.

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Photos by KAVV

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Posted by T
June 9, 2016, 9:49 p.m.

Björk Digital Carriageworks Sydney, Australia June 4, 2016 The term “third place” was coined by Ray Oldenburg, an American urban sociologist, most prominently known for his elaborations on the importance ... read more

Le Butcherettes @ Summit Music Hall

Posted by Kevin Fitzpatrick
May 31, 2016, 3:14 p.m.

Les Butcherettes Summit Music Hall Denver, CO July 17, 2015 When Melvins rolled into town in July of 2015, they of course put on a great show. It seemed after ... read more

An Evening with Edward Snowden

Posted by T
May 30, 2016, 9:45 p.m.

An evening with Edward Snowden Big Top, Luna Park Sydney, Australia May 28, 2016   Moral ambiguity.   Conflicting values.   The need to keep people safe versus concerns about ... read more

This Is Hop Hop Festival @ Hordern Pavilion

Posted by T
May 30, 2016, 7:39 a.m.

This is Hip Hop Festival Hordern Pavilion Sydney, Australia May 27, 2016   Hot tub hip-hop time machine: Featuring a nostalgic ‘90s focused line-up with all protagonists having had a ... read more

Royal Headache @ Bald Face Stag Hotel

Posted by T
May 17, 2016, 8:51 p.m.

Royal Headache at Reverse Charges festival Bald Face Stag Hotel Sydney, Australia May 13, 2016   The monolithic water tower among the mainly Portuguese commercial offerings and vis-à-vis from the Masonic ... read more

Kadavar @ Manning Bar

Posted by T
May 4, 2016, 12:06 p.m.

Kadavar Manning Bar Sydney, Australia April 29, 2016 Kadavar are a Teutonic Teestubenrock band from the Grandfatherland, Berlin. Accomplished retro in sound, appearance, and vintage equipment – Kadavar looks like they ... read more

Brian Posehn @ Factory Theatre

Posted by T
April 24, 2016, 10:42 a.m.

Brian Posehn Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia April 19, 2016   Humour and comedy is subjective. What one person finds funny another might cringe at. Cue E.B. White. Analysing comedy is ... read more

Iggy Pop @ Ellie Caulkins

Posted by Kevin Fitzpatrick
April 4, 2016, 5:56 p.m.

Iggy Pop Post Pop Depression Tour Ellie Caulkins Opera House Denver, Colorado April 2, 2016   It was a night of anticipation. Iggy Pop was returning to Denver. In an ... read more

Murder by Death @ The Echoplex Hollywood

Posted by Aaron H
March 27, 2016, 9:05 p.m.

Murder by Death The Echoplex Hollywood, CA March 25th, 2016 Murder by Death are currently in the middle of one final tour before settling down and working on their next ... read more

Madonna @ Allphones Arena

Posted by T
March 21, 2016, 7:15 p.m.

Madonna Allphones Arena Sydney, AUS March 19, 2016 Clickbait is a disease. A virus spreading from self-professed arbiters of taste under the veneer of information. According to the narrative of ... read more

Peter Case @ Atwoods

Posted by Scott Wilkinson
March 20, 2016, 12:22 p.m.

  Peter Case Atwood's Tavern Cambridge, MA March 05, 2016 Atwood's has a rich history of showcasing a mix of diverse artists that have stood the test of time and ... read more

Sunn O))) @ Manning Bar

Posted by T
March 16, 2016, 9 p.m.

Sunn O))) Manning Bar Sydney, AUS March 15, 2016    Byron J. Scullin's bass bath performance installation, which was staged in steel structured, cold storage rooms at the Tasmanian port at ... read more

The Jesus and Mary Chain @ Spectrum Now

Posted by T
March 8, 2016, 7:22 p.m.

The Jesus and the Mary Chain Spectrum Now festival Sydney, AUS March 5, 2016     Blasphemous name - check!  Leather-clad insolence - check! Tumultuous, short live performances - check! ... read more

High on Fire @ Manning Bar

Posted by T
Feb. 23, 2016, 9:24 p.m.

High on Fire Manning Bar Sydney, AUS February 21, 2016 The Swiss label Off the Disk Records was founded by Thomas Mölch and Erich Keller (Fear of God fame, breaker ... read more

Electric Gardens Festival @ Centennial Park

Posted by T
Jan. 28, 2016, 6:32 p.m.

Electric Gardens Festival (feat. Fatboy Slim) Centennial Park Sydney, AUS January 23, 2016 Damian Gelle and Anton Marmot met in London in the '90s over a mutual love of music ... read more

The Security Project @ TCANN

Posted by Scott Wilkinson
Jan. 17, 2016, 1:48 p.m.

The Security Project The Center for the Arts Natick December 2015 When I was first informed that this show was being put together I immediately started to recruit some of ... read more

David Bowie: A Retrospective Of An Artist

Posted by Jon E.
Jan. 11, 2016, 5:41 p.m.

As fans many draw a close relationship with their favorite artists. For whatever reason a personal statement shared within this realm seems to strike many in a very serious way. ... read more

Agent Orange @ Factory Theatre

Posted by T
Jan. 5, 2016, 5:11 p.m.

Agent Orange Factory Theatre Sydney, AUS January 3, 2016   The Factory is a purpose built, dedicated live entertainment venue. Comprised of differently sized performance spaces it hosts an array of ... read more

El Vez @ Newtown Social Club

Posted by T
Dec. 26, 2015, 12:51 p.m.

El Vez Newtown Social Club Sydney, AUS December 26, 2015   1977. The Germs play their first show ever opening for The Zeros, followed by The Weirdos.       ... read more

Seeking Respite from Ubiquitous Holiday Pop...

Posted by Andy
Dec. 25, 2015, 4:03 p.m.

In the month leading up to the holiday, it's often difficult to escape the near-continual assault of schmaltzy Christmas music. It seems virtually every artist of note in the last ... read more

Misfits @ Manning Bar

Posted by T
Dec. 13, 2015, 10:16 a.m.

The Misfits Manning Bar Sydney, AUS December 12, 2015   The Misfits. One of the most iconic punk bands. These days they are fronted by bassist Jerry Only, framed by ... read more

Bands to see at Soundwave 2016

Posted by T
Dec. 10, 2015, 8:47 a.m.

With the full line-ups unveiled for Soundwave 2016 in Australia, Scene Point Blank has put together a quick primer to help prepare. Without further adeiu, SPB's Bands to See at Soundwave ... read more

Mono @ Newtown Social Club

Posted by T
Dec. 8, 2015, 3:48 p.m.

MONO Newtown Social Club Sydney, AUS December 7, 2015   "Mesmerizing" and "cinematic" are the adjectives that come to mind when one is asked to describe the epic, vast instrumental ... read more

The Ghost Inside @ Altar Bar

Posted by Stephen Thomas Black
Nov. 11, 2015, 5:57 p.m.

The Ghost Inside “Locals Only” Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA November 6, 2015   Los Angeles-based melodic hardcore band The Ghost Inside dropped their latest album, ‘Dear Youth,’ last year on ... read more

Andy's Favorite Horror Film Soundtracks

Posted by Andy
Oct. 31, 2015, 11:11 a.m.

Though usually panned by the majority of film critics – the mainstream ones anyway- horror films seem to be a Hollywood mainstay that just won't go away. This is hardly ... read more

Film Review - 1988's Not of This Earth

Posted by Andy
Oct. 31, 2015, 10:27 a.m.

Made in 1957, director Roger Corman's typically efficient low-budget sci-fi flick Not of This Earth came to be regarded as a minor genre classic in the years to come – and ... read more

Film Review - Profondo Rosso, a.k.a. Deep Red

Posted by Andy
Oct. 31, 2015, 10:09 a.m.

In the midst of the opening credits sequence for Italian director Dario Argento's 1975 Profondo Rosso (a.k.a. Deep Red), the viewer is treated to a truncated scene appearing to show ... read more

Titus Andronicus @ Brighton Music Hall

Posted by Zach Branson
Oct. 27, 2015, 9:57 p.m.

Titus Andronicus Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA October 15, 2015   Like any show I’m excited about, I was really scared of disappointment while driving to this Boston Titus Andronicus ... read more

Run The Jewels @ First Ave

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
Oct. 27, 2015, 9:54 a.m.

Run The Jewels First Avenue Minneapolis, MN October 23, 2015 “I’ll apologize now. If you are wearing glasses, you might want to put those away. If you hate being slammed ... read more

Sick Of It All @ Manning Bar

Posted by T
Oct. 18, 2015, 4:45 p.m.

Sick Of It All Manning Bar Sydney October 10, 2015   In this very real world, good does not drive out evil. Evil does not drive out good. But the ... read more

Lucero @ Lee?s Palace

Posted by Graham Isador
Oct. 17, 2015, 8:34 p.m.

Lucero Lee's Palace Torononto, Ontario October 15, 2015 In support of their new album All a Man Should Do, Lucero have been pulling double duty on their latest tour and ... read more

Paradise Lost @ KOKO

Posted by Cheryl
Oct. 11, 2015, 5:26 a.m.

Paradise Lost w/Tribulation and Lucifer October 4th @ KOKO, London Hype surrounding a band is either indicative of said band being incredibly talented and worth your time, or, on the ... read more

Algiers @ Brighton Music Hall

Posted by Zach Branson
Sept. 25, 2015, 2:19 p.m.

Algiers Brighton Music Hall Boston, MA September 17, 2015 Photos by Lindsay Corry; more photos here Algiers self-titled debut this year blew me away with its raw, layered sound and politically ... read more

THE TOP FIVE ACTS ON THE RIOT FEST UNDERCARD

Posted by Graham Isador
Sept. 17, 2015, 12:05 p.m.

THE TOP FIVE ACTS ON THE RIOT FEST UNDERCARD Last year I started my Riot Fest coverage by getting kicked in the head and ended it with a man drinking whisky ... read more

Torq Campbell wants you to Imagine a better Canada

Posted by Graham Isador
Sept. 11, 2015, 1:01 p.m.

Earlier this week I was browsing my twitter feed when I noticed the a number of posts using the hashtag #ImagineOctober20th . The tweets were Canadians speculating on what the ... read more

Fat Wrecked 25 @ The Myth

Posted by Loren
Sept. 2, 2015, 9:32 p.m.

NOFX, Lagwagon, Dillinger Four, Strung Out, Swingin' Utters, The Flatliners, Masked Intruder, toyGuitar, Bad Cop/Bad Cop The Myth Maplewood, MN August 28, 2015     No review, see photo gallery ... read more

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ Manning Bar

Posted by T
Aug. 9, 2015, 2:54 p.m.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Manning Bar Sydney August 7, 2015   As Karl Marx said, the relationship between a band and the context it is playing in is metabolic. Both ... read more

Counting Sheep and The Need to Make Art

Posted by Graham Isador
Aug. 8, 2015, 1:19 p.m.

“We were standing in the middle of the square. There were snipers on the roof. Riot cops all around. People had already been killed. And she turned to me and ... read more

So So Glos and Desaparecidos @ Paradise Rock Club

Posted by Zach Branson
Aug. 5, 2015, 4:04 p.m.

The So So Glos, Desaparecidos Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA August 4, 2015 I went for Desaparecidos - Conor Oberst’s (of Bright Eyes fame) hardcore band - who put out ... read more

Radioactivity @ Triple Rock

Posted by Loren
July 29, 2015, 8:55 p.m.

Radioactivity, Birthday Suits, Butcher’s Union Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN July 22, 2015   It’s nice to live in a city where some great out of town bands have ... read more

Ex Hex, Tweens @ Triple Rock

Posted by Loren
July 24, 2015, 3:29 p.m.

Ex Hex, Tweens, Pink Mink Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN July 20, 2015 I go to a lot of shows. Sometimes it’s nice to be surprised, and that’s what ... read more

Tex Perkins @ Oxford Art Factory

Posted by T
July 22, 2015, 1:19 p.m.

Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses Oxford Art Factory Sydney, AUS July 19, 2015   Pizzazz. Omph. Charisma. If your music depends entirely on that, the dependency is too great. ... read more

Trying to Explain the Flaming Lips

Posted by Graham Isador
July 21, 2015, 3:20 p.m.

Picture this: You’re looking at the front of a stage. Above you a man in a suit made entirely of muscles walks on in a shroud of fog. From far ... read more

Babes in Toyland @ Rock the Garden

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
June 24, 2015, 12:13 p.m.

Babes in Toyland Rock the Garden Minneapolis, MN June 21, 2015 It’s difficult for me to write about Babes in Toyland without sounding at least a little bit gushy. Like ... read more

Belle and Sebastian @ Rock the Garden

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
June 22, 2015, 11:03 p.m.

Belle and Sebastian Rock the Garden Minneapolis, MN June 20th, 2015   As a hot and humid day began its turn towards much needed cooler temperatures, Scotland’s baroque pop sweethearts ... read more

Shonen Knife, CJ Ramone @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Posted by Loren
June 14, 2015, 6:28 p.m.

Shonen Knife, CJ Ramone, L’Assassins Amsterdam Bar & Hall St. Paul, MN June 10, 2015   Amsterdam is a venue that’s not new by any means, but still feels to ... read more

White Lung @ 7th St. Entry

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
June 12, 2015, 1:26 p.m.

White Lung 7th St. Entry Minneapolis, MN June 11, 2015 Abandoning my beloved NBA Finals, I bounced somewhere during the third quarter and rushed downtown to catch White Lung. Upon ... read more

Boris @ Newtown Social Club

Posted by T
June 4, 2015, 6:09 p.m.

Boris Newtown Social Club Sydney, AUS May 29, 2015     And then there was Boris. The Japanese unikum named after a Melvins song. Cue labels that span the spectrum ... read more

Art Is Masturbation by Joseph Chiccarelli

Posted by Andy
May 21, 2015, 12:18 p.m.

Art is Masturbation. It’s a sensational, attention-grabbing statement for sure and one that presents an idea that many artists and people who create have probably toyed with at one point ... read more

Fuckface Unstoppable @ Manning Bar

Posted by T
May 10, 2015, 2:18 p.m.

Fuckface Unstoppable Manning Bar Sydney, AUS May 7, 2015   It’s about 6 years ago and I am sitting on the balcony of a stilted house right by Cambodia’s Tonlé ... read more

Mastodon @ Big Top Luna Park

Posted by T
March 31, 2015, 4:16 p.m.

Mastodon Big Top Luna Park Sydney, AUS March 28, 2015   The red volcanic soil in the surrounding region of the city of Tequila is particularly well suited to the ... read more

Steel Panther & Slash @ Hordern Pavilion

Posted by T
March 18, 2015, 10:13 a.m.

Steel Panther, Slash (feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators) Hordern Pavilion Sydney, AUS February 24, 2015   Satire is a lesson, parody is a game: Steel Panther are seasoned performers ... read more

Blind Idiot God: A Retrospective

Posted by Spyros Stasis
March 4, 2015, 4:15 p.m.

Now that was a band that I did not really think I would hear from again. Named after the description of the Elder God, Azathoth, in H.P. Lovecraft’s cosmos, this ... read more

Swami John & The Blind Shake @ Turf Club

Posted by Loren
March 2, 2015, 12:48 p.m.

Bombay Sweets, Pink Mink, Swami John & The Blind Shake Turf Club St. Paul, MN February 19, 2015   No review, see photo gallery below. read more

Shonen Knife @ The Factory Theatre

Posted by T
Feb. 25, 2015, 5:32 p.m.

Shonen Knife @ The Factory Theatre Sydney, AUS January 24, 2015   Grin-inducing Japanese energetic, upbeat and catchy all-girl pop punk entertainment with the ingredients of a classic rock show: Shonen Knife ... read more

Napalm Death & Voivod @ The Republik

Posted by Jon E.
Feb. 23, 2015, 7:19 p.m.

How does one go to a show of a band that has been around consistently for longer that you have been alive and not have expectations? This along with possible ... read more

Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses @ Enmore Theatre

Posted by T
Feb. 20, 2015, 3:13 p.m.

Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses @ The Enmore Theatre Sydney, AUS November 23, 2014   The Newtown area was part of the land of the Cadigal band of the Eora people, who ranged across ... read more

The Dwarves @ The Bald Faced Stag Hotel

Posted by T
Feb. 17, 2015, 7:41 p.m.

The Dwarves @ The Bald Faced Stag Hotel Sydney, AUS October 8, 2015   Parramatta Road is the east-west artery of metropolitan Sydney. On its 23 kilometers long strip, the road is ... read more

Mayhem & Watain @ Black Metal Warfare

Posted by Jon E.
Jan. 26, 2015, 11:53 p.m.

While it may be a bit grandiose to title a tour "Black Metal Warfare" or really any kind of warfare after witnessing a show on the tour in question it ... read more

Nick Lowe with Los Straitjackets, Cactus Blossoms

Posted by Scott Wilkinson
Dec. 29, 2014, 7:55 a.m.

 It seems as though we are in a period of time where we read of a famous musician dying almost daily, this tour was supposed to have Ian McLagan in ... read more

Nick Cave @ State Theatre

Posted by T
Dec. 15, 2014, 5:26 p.m.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds State Theatre Sydney, AUS December 11, 2014   "All that has dark sounds has duende, that mysterious power that everyone feels but no philosopher ... read more

Run The Jewels & Ratking @ The Fine Line

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
Nov. 22, 2014, 11:31 a.m.

Run The Jewels, Ratking The Fine Line Music Café Minneapolis, MN November 20, 2014 Earlier this week I attended an artist’s talk/writer’s workshop-type thing here in Minneapolis. Kevin Bowe, who’s ... read more

Gaslight Anthem & Against Me! @ First Avenue

Posted by Loren
Oct. 22, 2014, 5:50 p.m.

The Gaslight Anthem, Against Me!, Cory Brannan First Avenue Minneapolis, MN October 15, 2014 It had been many a year since I’d seen Against Me! and I hadn’t seen Gaslight ... read more

Pixes @ State Theatre

Posted by Loren
Oct. 14, 2014, 6:02 p.m.

The Pixies, Royal Blood State Theatre Minneapolis, MN October 11, 2014   There’s a lot that can be said about The Pixies and their 2014 tour—well, about any tour of ... read more

Alice In Chains @ The Enmax

Posted by Jon E.
Aug. 21, 2014, 8:53 p.m.

Lethbridge is a suburb of sorts to Calgary to give you, the reader an idea of the towns size. Usually the Enmax (where this show took place) is host to ... read more

Arcade Fire @ The Forum (Night 1)

Posted by Aaron H
Aug. 21, 2014, 6:21 p.m.

 Unless you've been living under a rock, you know Arcade Fire are currently shaking up North America with an enchanting spectacle of a tour. I caught the tour in Los ... read more

Too Many Rappers: July 2014

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
July 18, 2014, 3:34 p.m.

Too Many Rappers: July 2014 7/18/14 - Minneapolis, MN Commuting earlier than usual this morning means it’s nice and cool. I ride by a kid who’s wearing an old 3rd ... read more

Guided By Voices @ Irving Plaza

Posted by Eli Zeger
July 13, 2014, 12:35 p.m.

Guided By Voices, Crystal Stilts   Irving Plaza New York, NY July 11, 2014     Photo courtesy of Gerald McBoing-Boing     See Guided By Voices before you die. ... read more

Agalloch @ Irving Plaza

Posted by Eli Zeger
July 7, 2014, 10:11 a.m.

Agalloch, Jex Thoth   Irving Plaza New York, NY June 30, 2014     Agalloch were one of the first metal bands to combine black/doom’s monsoon of carnage with ambient, ... read more

Eyehategod @ Club Europa

Posted by Eli Zeger
June 11, 2014, 2:55 p.m.

Eyehategod, Ringworm, Enabler, Shitkill   Club Europa Brooklyn, New York June 7, 2014       This past weekend, the mega-festival Governors Ball hit hard in NYC.  People from all ... read more

Boston Calling Music Festival

Posted by Eli Zeger
May 29, 2014, 5:20 p.m.

Boston Calling Music Festival 2014 City Hall Plaza in Boston, MA May 23-25 2014   (All concert photos courtesy of Mike Diskin)   Over Memorial Day weekend, I experienced the ... read more

Mogwai @ Terminal 5

Posted by Eli Zeger
May 10, 2014, 11:44 a.m.

  As my friend David and I were being hurled around the mosh pit at the Terminal 5 show of legendary post-rock ensemble Mogwai, I thought back to how earlier ... read more

Chuck Ragan @ Triple Rock

Posted by Loren
April 19, 2014, 9:03 a.m.

Chuck Ragan, White Buffalo, Jonny Two BagsTriple Rock Social ClubMinneapolis, MNApril 15, 2014 It had been many a year since I’d seen Chuck Ragan perform, and that was with his ... read more

From Indian Lakes @ Studio at Webster Hall

Posted by Eli Zeger
March 28, 2014, 1:59 p.m.

Written by Eli ZegerPhotos by Hadar Sagi From Indian Lakes     From Indian Lakes is a group of five pretty boys who make poppy emo music, but with post-rock riffs ... read more

Russian Circles, KEN Mode, Inter Arma

Posted by Chris Brown
Feb. 24, 2014, 8:17 a.m.

Russian Circles, KEN Mode, Inter Arma at Underground Arts, Philadelphia, 2/19/14 Last week, Chicago's Russian Circles touched down in Philadelphia as a part of their current tour with Ontario's KEN ... read more

Too Many Rappers: Fall Roundup

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
Nov. 14, 2013, 7:45 p.m.

Too Many Rappers: Fall Roundup The Minnehaha Creek is just one of the many places I do my thinking. I mean, as a human being with a fully functional brain, ... read more

HIM @ Southampton Guildhall

Posted by David Rutherford
Nov. 10, 2013, 1:02 p.m.

HIM, Caspian Southampton GuildhallSouthampton, Hampshire, UKOctober 28, 2013 It has been three years since HIM last played on the shores of the UK, with a lot of uncertainty whether they ... read more

Beacons Festival 2013

Posted by Fin TJM
Nov. 9, 2013, 7:53 p.m.

Beacons Festival 2013 North Yorkshire August 16-18, 2013 Beacons Festival is a pretty novel addition to the British concert scene. Taking place in Skipton (Lancs > Yorks) away from the ... read more

Elliott Smith: a personal remembrance

Posted by Matt
Oct. 24, 2013, 4:34 p.m.

Elliott Smith at his last-ever NYC show, January 29th 2003. He killed himself that October.Photo: Alexis I have this friend, let's call her L. We "met" on a music messageboard ... read more

Terror, Counterparts & Guests @ Golden Age Club

Posted by Jon E.
Oct. 15, 2013, 6:33 p.m.

October 12, 2013 Calgary, Alberta @ THE GOLDEN AGE CLUB   After a few hiccups in the booking process (venue issues, etc.) the day finally came for Terror to come back ... read more

What Inspires You? A (Sort of) Tour Diary Part 2

Posted by Aaron H
Oct. 14, 2013, 9:44 p.m.

 A couple weeks ago, I went on a trip to the middle of the country to see my favorite band, AFI, play shows up and down the midwest. Some of ... read more

What Inspires You? A (Sort of) Tour Diary

Posted by Aaron H
Oct. 10, 2013, 1:03 p.m.

  A couple weeks ago, I went on a trip to the middle of the country to see my favorite band, AFI, play shows up and down the midwest. Some ... read more

FLAG, T.S.O.L. @ First Avenue

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
Sept. 17, 2013, 12:17 p.m.

FLAG, T.S.O.L., Cerbral Ballzy, Off WithTheir Heads First Avenue Minneapolis, MN September 13, 2013 After spending a few hours in a sports bar down the street, where my compadres and ... read more

Caïna @ The Unicorn

Posted by Cheryl
Sept. 8, 2013, 3:25 p.m.

Caïna, Hordes, Barshasketh The Unicorn London, UK September 6 2013 We've been talking a lot about the rebirth of Caïna of late and we'll soon have a review of the new ... read more

The Progressive Music Awards II: Futile Sequence

Posted by Sarah
Sept. 2, 2013, 4:11 p.m.

It's that time once again! The fabled Progressive Music Awards are tomorrow night, and I've spent the last few weeks getting myself familiar with the best of the best in ... read more

Too Many Rappers: Summer Wrapup

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
Aug. 28, 2013, 6:27 p.m.

Holy crap, has this summer been hot or what? Like, hot as in temperature hot.  Like, literally hot.  Which might be confusing now that Merriam-Webster and Oxford dictionaries as well ... read more

The Nines Festival - Devens MA August 2013

Posted by Scott Wilkinson
Aug. 26, 2013, 8:52 a.m.

The NINES Festival Devens, MA   I must admit I was anxious to attend this festival when I heard the lineup featured none other than Shuggie Otis. I have had ... read more

Blur 21: The Exhibition @ IMMA, Dublin

Posted by Aideen
Aug. 2, 2013, 12:20 p.m.

  It's a tray in a hotel room, fairly unremarkable when put back to basics. The tray is littered with cigarettes, beer bottles, a can of coke, a crumpled McDonald's ... read more

Melvins, Negative Approach, Mudhoney @ Grumpys

Posted by Loren
July 29, 2013, 8:27 p.m.

Die Kruezen, Hepa/Titus, Mudhoney, Gay Witch Abortion, Negative Approach, Honky, Melvins Grumpys Downtown Minneapolis, MN July 20, 2013   It’s a shame that Amphetamine Reptile Records quit putting out new ... read more

Postal Service @ The Greek Theater

Posted by Aaron H
July 26, 2013, 3:17 a.m.

The Postal Service are making their rounds again in support in the Deluxe Edition re-release of their 2003 album, Give Up. Scene Point Blank had a chance to check'em out ... read more

Dave Hause @ Cabooze Plaza

Posted by Loren
July 10, 2013, 5:05 p.m.

Dave Hause @ Cabooze Plaza Social Distortion, Cheap Time, Dave HauseCabooze PlazaMinneapolis, MNJuly 2, 2013 Dave Hause is a busy guy. I swear I get an email a week here ... read more

Too Many Rappers: Spring

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
May 6, 2013, 6:32 p.m.

Well here we are into the first part of May, and I'm wondering where the fuck March and April went.  I apologize for dropping the F bomb on you in ... read more

Record Store Day 2013 Wrapup

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
April 22, 2013, 10:56 p.m.

Minneapolis, MN, 4/20/13 Despite being fairly worn out from the previous evening—one which had me visiting three different venues, seeing six different bands, and imbibing at least twice as many ... read more

The Men @ 7th St Entry, Mpls, MN

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
April 14, 2013, 2:38 p.m.

The Men 7th St Entry Minneapolis, MN June 12, 2013 On just the third night of their North American tour, Brooklyn-based band The Men landed in Minneapolis for a packed-in ... read more

Book Review: Davey Havok - Pop Kids

Posted by Matt
April 7, 2013, 3:02 p.m.

(This review contains copious spoilers: if you intend to read the novel yourself, proceed with caution. We're posting it as a blog since it's not strictly music-related, despite being written by ... read more

Tegan and Sara @ Upstate Concert Hall

Posted by Stephanie Preston
April 7, 2013, 12:27 p.m.

Tegan and Sara were appreciated by Albany, NY last month when they came to the Upstate Concert Hall, the first time they've visited since the duo released So Jealous, which ... read more

Anthrax, Exodus @ First Avenue, MN

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
April 6, 2013, 1:16 p.m.

Anthrax, Exodus, High On Fire, Municipal Waste, Holy Grail First Avenue Minneapolis, MN April 4th, 2013 Continuing their recent-ish trend of performing classic albums in their entirety, Anthrax rolled into ... read more

This Beastie Boys Footage Needs to be Addressed

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
March 20, 2013, 1:40 a.m.

In the days following Adam Yauch’s passing in May of last year, many of us nostalgia-stricken fans were searching for words to express how deeply saddened we were by not ... read more

Too Many Rappers: February Wrapup

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
March 6, 2013, 8:31 p.m.

February 28th, 2013 As I write this, I am overlooking the Sea of Cortez on the Baja Peninsula from the balcony of my room at a vacation resort outside of ... read more

Too Many Rappers: February

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
Feb. 15, 2013, 6:02 p.m.

This hip-hop train just keeps on rolling.  And although I would like to think I’m fully on board, it feels more like I’m running beside it, trying to keep up, ... read more

New Column: Too Many Rappers

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
Feb. 5, 2013, 4:41 p.m.

Well, here we are, a whole month into the New Year, and as usual January was spent catching up on all the music I slept on last year.  Normally the ... read more

Winterfylleth @ The Black Heart

Posted by Cheryl
Jan. 29, 2013, 7:50 a.m.

The tiny Black Heart in Camden holds court to an evening of droned out sludge, traditional heavy doom, and more English black metal than you can shake a stick at ... read more

Show Review: The Great Old Ones w/Terzij de Horde and Oblivionized @ The Unicorn, London (January 5th 2013)

Posted by Cheryl
Jan. 9, 2013, 12:17 a.m.

The Unicorn is suffering from a severe lack of air con tonight, the tension in the air made all the palpable by the insane levels of heat and the anticipation ... read more

Show Review: Neurosis and Godflesh @ Kentish Town Forum, London (December 2nd 2012)

Posted by Cheryl
Dec. 8, 2012, 8:39 p.m.

The view that Scene Point Blank has been afforded for tonight’s performance is beautiful, and the sea of heads below on the floor is all the more astonishing seen from ... read more

Show Review: Minus the Bear/Cursive @ The Glasshouse

Posted by Aaron H
Nov. 13, 2012, 4:20 p.m.

Minus the Bear and Cursive have been on tour for the past few months in support of their 2012 releases. Minus the Bear put out Infinity Overhead in August, while ... read more

Show Review: Murder by Death @ House of Blues Anaheim

Posted by Aaron H
Oct. 8, 2012, 4:34 p.m.

Murder by Death have just begun to tour for their new album, Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon, by supporting pop-punk troop, Say Anything. It's an interesting combo and Murder by Death ... read more

Show review: At The Drive-In @ Brixton Academy, London (08/28/12)

Posted by Matt
Aug. 29, 2012, 2:43 a.m.

It's rare that you attend a show that feels like it has the weight of history riding on it, but seeing At The Drive-In play what is likely to be ... read more

Show Review: fun. @ The Wiltern

Posted by Aaron H
Aug. 19, 2012, 4:58 p.m.

Fun. are back on the road selling out shows again. This time however, they didn't just sell out one show, but 3 nights at the illustrious Wiltern Theater in Los ... read more

Show Review: Murder by Death @ The El Rey Theater

Posted by Aaron H
Aug. 9, 2012, 2:25 p.m.

Murder by Death are preparing the release of their 6th studio album, Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon, while celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their first LP, Like The Exorcist, but More ... read more

Sarah Deconstructs the Progressive Music Awards Nominees

Posted by Sarah
July 4, 2012, 9:39 a.m.

Well, it's high time that progressive music got a good, high-ish-profile awards show, and now, thanks to Prog Magazine, we have one. The bad news is that it stlil shows ... read more

Japandroids @ 7th St. Entry

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
July 3, 2012, 5:07 p.m.

Japandroids 7th St. Entry Minneapolis, MN July 7, 2012 When a touring band starts their set by saying, “It feels like we’re back home, Minneapolis”, the natural instinct is to go ... read more

LeBron James - Stay Hatin'

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
June 22, 2012, 1:56 a.m.

LeBron James is Four Titles and a Rape Allegation Away From Becoming Kobe Bryant: How the Miami Heat Winning is Bad for Basketball Now I know that we here at ... read more

Royal Headache @ Triple Rock Social Club

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
June 10, 2012, 4:50 a.m.

  Royal Headache, The Arrivals, Condominium Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN June 9, 2012 It was with some intrigue and, admittedly, mostly trepidation that I made my way to ... read more

Show Review: Hot Water Music @ The Glasshouse

Posted by Aaron H
May 28, 2012, 5:28 p.m.

Hot Water Music just released their new album, Exister, and recently spent a couple nights in So-Cal to warm up the new songs before they head out to Europe this ... read more

Rock on the Cowbell Slowly

Posted by Sarah
April 14, 2012, 12:27 p.m.

There are a few cultural constants we all come to understand depending on where we come from, and growing up in Vermont is no exception. Amongst other things, many develop ... read more

Show Review: fun.

Posted by Aaron H
March 29, 2012, 3:08 p.m.

Once again, fun. are on the road and Scene Point Blank was there to catch another great show. The band's playing the clubs in support of their sophomore record, Some ... read more

Musink Fest: A Review

Posted by Aaron H
March 6, 2012, 3:44 p.m.

I had the pleasure of attending the 5th annual Musink Fest in Costa Mesa, CA--a festival blending live music and an appreciation for tattoo art--hosted by LA Ink star, Kat ... read more

Show Review: Cursive @ The Glasshouse 02/25/12

Posted by Aaron H
Feb. 27, 2012, 3:43 p.m.

Cursive recently began touring in support of their 7th studio album, I Am Gemini. I had the privilege of catching their show in Pomona, CA where they played a great ... read more

Catholic Dating Sites

Posted by Sarah
Feb. 17, 2012, 10:45 a.m.

I know we don't usually review websites here at Scene Point Blank, but we just couldn't help ourselves after our editor in chief Loren received the following request: Hi,I'm Pheiné, ... read more

Vermont Counterpoint(s)

Posted by Sarah
Nov. 18, 2011, 12:51 p.m.

The piece ended rather suddenly, almost completely without warning. The conductor held his position for a moment, then slowly brought his arms down. The theater erupted with applause as the ... read more

Show Review: Bayside/Saves the Day @ The Glasshouse

Posted by Aaron H
Oct. 28, 2011, 1:35 a.m.

  Saves the Day and Bayside decided to team up this Fall to deliver a thrilling show fans of either could appreciate. Joining them on the tour are I Am ... read more

Show Review: The World/Inferno Friendship Society @ The Key Club

Posted by Aaron H
Oct. 8, 2011, 2:05 p.m.

The World/Inferno Friendship Society recently started their US tour supporting their new album, The Anarchy and The Ecstasy, with sci-fi-psychobilly (psy-fi?) band, The Phenomenauts. You could not ask for a ... read more

Cannabis Corpse - A Live Review

Posted by Cheryl
Sept. 12, 2011, 7:36 a.m.

Last Thursday, The Purple Turtle in London's infamous Camden held what is likely to be the most fun headlining show I've seen this year. Cannabis Corpse, fresh off the back ... read more

Motley Crue and Poison - A Live Review

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
June 29, 2011, 6:33 a.m.

Motley Crue and Poison live, Target Center, Mpls, MN, 6/24/11 The New York Dolls opened the show but I couldn’t tell you damn thing about them. The girlfriend and I  literally ... read more

Midwest Hell Fest Wrapup-Day 2

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
May 31, 2011, 12:51 p.m.

Read Midwest Hell Fest Wrapup-Day 1 here. Despite intermittent sleep, I wake up feeling fairly well rested.  If memory serves correctly, I’m somewhere deep within the confines of enemy territory—Wisconsin.  ... read more

Midwest Hell Fest Wrapup-Day 1

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
May 17, 2011, 7:02 a.m.

After losing a year of my life behind the wheel, I finally arrive at my destination: Kimberly, Wisconsin. Upon walking into the hotel—and I use this term loosely—lobby, I am ... read more

Show Review: Fun. @ The Glasshouse

Posted by Aaron H
May 2, 2011, 8:31 a.m.

After a long wait and two opening acts—the clock struck 9:30 and Fun took the stage, while the boys and girls cheered. Suddenly, the beautiful overture to “Be Calm” opens ... read more

Fest 8 Wrapup

Posted by Loren
Dec. 16, 2009, 6:53 a.m.

200 bands, seemingly as many beers, and only three nights. Where do I begin my recap? My stomach is still shrunken from not eating right, and I continue to drink ... read more

Converge/Mastodon/Dethklok - A Live Review

Posted by Edson
Oct. 31, 2009, 6:11 p.m.

Let me start off by saying that I love all three of these bands, and I have been looking forward to this show since I got confirmed to photograph it. ... read more

Portugal. the Man - A Live Review

Posted by Edson
Oct. 24, 2009, 3:41 p.m.

Portugal. the Man is a Portland, Oregon based experimental indie-rock band, fronted by native Alaskan John Gourley. If you haven’t heard the story about this up and coming group, Gourley’s ... read more

Moving Mountains: A Live Review

Posted by Edson
Sept. 23, 2009, 3:17 p.m.

I don't know how many of you have heard of Moving Mountains. A band from Westchester, NY, they are fresh off a tour with Thursday, about to embark on a ... read more

500+ Reviews

Posted by Michael
May 31, 2009, 11:36 p.m.

I hit the 500 review mark last week with my Narrows review. That's a lot of reviews. Sometimes I get burnt out with all the stuff coming through, especially when ... read more

Braffed!

Posted by Michael
May 6, 2009, 3:41 p.m.

So I just got done watching the season finale of Scrubs. It was Zach Braff's final episode. His character is saying goodbye, but I think they gave it a nice ... read more

Remember Those Browns?

Posted by Michael
Nov. 13, 2008, 11:16 a.m.

Two months ago I had high hopes for the Cleveland Browns. Now I am left with a fairly mediocre season.  We shall see how the remainder plays out. I'm looking ... read more

Intro

Posted by Graham Isador
Sept. 22, 2008, 8:27 a.m.

Might as well has this here too, it's been three years since I wrote it. I think it still holds true. Space for rent. Your ad here. My name is ... read more

Go Browns!

Posted by Michael
Sept. 14, 2008, 3:26 a.m.

I forgot to post this prior to week one, but given the outcome of that game, maybe it was for the best. Anyway, the Browns season is underway and that ... read more

End Of An Era: Life Long Tragedy

Posted by Michael
July 2, 2008, 7:23 a.m.

Over the weekend a band that was very dear to my heart announced their sudden breakup and played their final show. I first became acquainted with Life Long Tragedy over ... read more

The return of the blog

Posted by Cory
April 23, 2008, 12:45 p.m.

I was yelled at again for writing this, and since I am applying for a job at a local newspaper, I don't really want this hanging over my head.  Sorry ... read more

It's been a long time

Posted by Bob
March 16, 2008, 2:56 a.m.

Last night my band played with Souvenir's Young America, City of Ships, and Monolith at Siren Records in Doylestown, PA; it was a fun time all the bands played real ... read more

We're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat

Posted by Michael
Feb. 12, 2008, 9:09 a.m.

If you didn't hear the news, Roy Scheider died this week at the age of 75. Jaws is one of my all-time favorite films. I am extremely sad.  I fully ... read more

I'm deleting my blogs because

Posted by Cory
Feb. 2, 2008, 6:48 a.m.

They could make me look not so good to certain people.  Nobody read them anyways. read more

In Remembrance of Kid Kilowatt

Posted by Bob
Jan. 29, 2008, 11:04 a.m.

So, back when Cave In's Until Your Heart Stops dropped on the hardcore masses several years back, I had the chance of catching the band at Middlesex County Community College. ... read more

Oh Gehenna...how you make me smile

Posted by Bob
Jan. 8, 2008, 11:45 a.m.

I broke out my CD for the Gehenna- The War of the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness and saw something that always made me smile. Allow me ... read more

Issue 2 of my print zine "I'm A Pretender" - available now!

Posted by Matt
Dec. 7, 2007, 2:29 a.m.

Hello. Some of you might remember (or have participated in) my experiment over the summer collecting people's wishes on this page. I got over 160 entries and published them all ... read more

Most Awkward Interview Ever?

Posted by Michael
Nov. 7, 2007, 11:22 a.m.

Imagine being in this kid's place... Interview w/ Henry Rollins read more

Colbert '08

Posted by Michael
Oct. 17, 2007, 11:27 a.m.

Even though it is just a joke, I'd still vote for Stephen Colbert for president before I'd vote for anyone else for running, outside of the longshots that have no ... read more

Dear Atreyu

Posted by Michael
Sept. 4, 2007, 2:32 p.m.

 Dear Atreyu, Please stop. No seriously, please stop...now. - File has been removed. It was up for a month. It was the band's cover of Faith No More's "Epic." - ... read more

Nut Pain And Stereotyping Seattle

Posted by Jason
Aug. 18, 2007, 11:41 p.m.

I woke up today at 5:30am to get my ass to the store to open it for what I figured would be another boring Sunday at work. Work has been ... read more

Tony Wilson R.I.P.

Posted by Peanut
Aug. 10, 2007, 8:23 a.m.

So the man that founded Factory Records and helped Joy Division become as huge as they did through hype died today. Not alot of people repect what Wilson did for ... read more

Today Is For The Living

Posted by Jason
Aug. 2, 2007, 9:56 a.m.

Yesterday during rush hour traffic on 35W the bridge than spans the mighty Mississippi fell. There was no earthquake. There was no terrorist attack. The bridge just buckled and toppled ... read more

Be Afraid Vol.1

Posted by Bob
July 19, 2007, 8:36 a.m.

Part 1: Mission Statement, Introduction, and first terribly nostalgic musing A number of years ago, a few friends of mine, myself, and people who would quickly become my friends used ... read more

Bands I Like: Shook Ones

Posted by Josh F.
July 15, 2007, 12:24 p.m.

Shook Ones, for the uninitiated, are a melodic hardcore band from Seattle, Washington. Their debut LP, Sixteen, had some serious Kid Dynamite aping going on, without a doubt, but it ... read more

Friday The 13th

Posted by Michael
July 13, 2007, 2:19 p.m.

Remember when the idea of Friday the 13th used to be scary? Maybe its because I am a grown adult, but there just does not seem to be any horror ... read more

Scene Point Blank: July Relaunch

Posted by Matt
July 7, 2007, 11:02 p.m.

You have no idea how wonderful it is to be finally typing these words. Not that my work is done: a SPB staffer's work is never done! But seriously: typing ... read more

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