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MONA FOMA Festival 2018

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MONA FOMA Festival 2018

Posted Feb. 6, 2018, 4 p.m.

19-21 January 2018 Hobart, Tasmania – Australia Nine is fabled to be the number of completion and fulfillment. After nine incarnations in Hobart and not only adding spark but providing much needed fire to the local summer season, the 2018 incarnation was a bifurcated affair with the first half of the festival being held in Launceston, where the festival will be held from 2019 on to raise the temperature there as well. The move is partly of practical nature, partly inspired by idealism: A hotel will be built on the MONA premises that served as the stage for the “Weekend at Walshy’s” and other parts of Tasmania are meant to benefit from what has become known as the “MONA effect ...

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

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

Posted Dec. 31, 2017, 2:36 a.m.
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 ...

Pass The Mic: Artists and labels on 2017

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Posted Dec. 17, 2017, 11:22 a.m.
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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 ...

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Nato Coles

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Nato Coles

Posted Nov. 24, 2013, 9:42 a.m.

Nato Coles (Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band) SPB: What are your expectations for the Replacements reunion? Coles: The Replacements were one of the greatest rock'n'roll bands of all-time, no exaggeration, so I'm sure they'll sound good playing those songs, and I hope Slim's doing better. I suppose anything Paul and Tommy decide is "The Replacements" is The Replacements, but I never saw Bob Stinson or Chris Mars play - too young - and I'm wary of an All Shook Down-Lite lineup being my only 'Mats experience. Sometimes when I play my really old songs, it ...

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Posted Dec. 12, 2017, 2:32 p.m.

The closing track on electronic musician Hiatus' latest album All the Troubled Hearts immediately catches you off guard. The gravelly ...

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Posted Dec. 12, 2017, 2:29 p.m.
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David Bowie, one could argue, is the most influential artist ever. I may get some shit for that comment, but ...

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Posted Nov. 23, 2017, 3:50 p.m.

Mathieu Ball is one of two guitarists for Montreal’s Big|Brave. The trio does not offer a bass player ...

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Posted Nov. 23, 2017, 3:47 p.m.
era vulgaris

As the good ole shock jock Plato so eloquently put it, music is the movement of sound to reach the ...

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Posted Nov. 6, 2017, 3:27 p.m.

In 2007, I went to The Fest 6. It quickly became tradition. Each April I book my hotel, each October ...

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Posted Nov. 6, 2017, 3:23 p.m.
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Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum is a Grammy Award-winning and Juilliard-trained composer. She was born in New York City. She grew up listening ...

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