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Dirtnap Records: History 101

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Dirtnap Records: History 101

Posted Sept. 20, 2020, 2:16 p.m.

People are going to remember 2020 – though maybe not the way we all imagined back on January 1. Dirtnap Records had originally envisioned a big celebration of the label’s twentieth anniversary. They planned to gather notable bands from the roster of 150+ releases for a weekend-long celebration in Madison, WI. Looking back, we all know what happened. A pandemic, social distancing and lockdowns have made live music all but a memory. Dirtnap is still planning an anniversary party (now scheduled for 2021), but the incentive to celebrate is a little quieter right now. For two decades the label has earned a reputation for quality, high-energy punk and more. While the Pacific Northwest and Denton, TX are home to many ...

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Music Only Death Is Real #9

Posted Sept. 20, 2020, 2:09 p.m.
Only Death Is Real

Finding new music to explore has become many people's escape since the world of 2020 changed for the worse. In times of struggle music ...

Table Talk #3 – The Positive Things in Life

Music Table Talk #3 – The Positive Things in Life

Posted Aug. 6, 2020, 3:19 p.m.
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There we are again, back for another round. I don’t know how you are doing, but I am trying to focus on the positive ...

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Pass The Mic: Artists on 2014

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Pass The Mic: Artists on 2014

Posted Dec. 14, 2014, 3:29 p.m.
Year End 2014

Since 2006 we've aimed to make our year-end roundups feature not just our thoughts on the best records of the past twelve months, but the thoughts of the people producing them: the bands and artists who make our scene what it is. In this collection of 30 interviews, we've spoken to bands and artists like Frank Turner, Russ Rankin, Ceremony, Teenage Bottlerocket and a ton more to find out what they dug in 2014, what they're looking forward to musically next year, and what cool new stuff we can expect from in the 2015. Read on to ...

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Scene Point Blank's Favorites: The Year So Far (July 2020)

Music Scene Point Blank's Favorites: The Year So Far (July 2020)

Posted July 12, 2020, 3:11 p.m.

As is SPB tradition, we've gotten together to compile a list of the albums our staff are enjoying most ...

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Music Only Death Is Real #8

Posted June 18, 2020, 1:46 p.m.
Only Death Is Real

Finding new music to explore has become many people's escape since the world of 2020 changed for the worse ...

Only Death Is Real #7

Music Only Death Is Real #7

Posted May 19, 2020, 2:44 p.m.
Only Death Is Real

The world has gotten exponentially more weird since the last time this column was published and it doesn’t seem ...

Table Talk #2 – The state of the music business

Music Table Talk #2 – The state of the music business

Posted May 3, 2020, 1:54 p.m.
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Discussing the state of the music business at the kitchen table Welcome back to my kitchen table. Especially welcome in ...

Only Death Is Real #6

Music Only Death Is Real #6

Posted March 15, 2020, 3:55 p.m.
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2020 has only been upon us for three short months, yet the outlook for the rest of the year looks ...

Table Talk #1 – What I learned about last year

Music Table Talk #1 – What I learned about last year

Posted Feb. 14, 2020, 3:27 p.m.
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To me this is the most exciting time of the year. It is also a very expensive time of the ...

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