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Audio = ground zero

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Audio = ground zero

Posted Sept. 9, 2018, 1:14 p.m.

Audio = ground zero First instalment - Sonos. Unfamiliar with Sonos yet you enjoy listening to music? Shame on you. They make speakers. They also make smart speakers. You know, “smart” as in sussing out the nature of your room to optimise the sonic emissions as well as supporting voice assistance, i.e. Amazon’s grand ole dame “Alexa” or alternatively iOS’ Siri for you Apple-philes. Roaming around the globe a lot, I have had a large variety of sound systems over the last twelve years to suit my needs on the go. Basic ones, knock-offs, mobile ones, stationary ones, cheap ones, upmarket ones. It took me a while until I was introduced to Sonos, whose products definitely qualify as the latter ...

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Scene Point Blank's Favorites: The Year So Far (July 2018)

Music Scene Point Blank's Favorites: The Year So Far (July 2018)

Posted July 16, 2018, 11:45 a.m.

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 ...

Graspop Metal Meeting 2018 (Friday)

Music Graspop Metal Meeting 2018 (Friday)

Posted July 2, 2018, 3:59 p.m.

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 ...

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Scene Point Blank's Favorites: Year End (2013)

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Scene Point Blank's Favorites: Year End (2013)

Posted Dec. 30, 2013, 4:49 p.m.
Year End 2013

Another year, another year-end roundup from SPB. This is the tenth year of our existence and it's perhaps fitting that the album we've voted the best of 2013 is by a band which holds lots of significance for SPB. But no spoilers! Read on to see the list of the 30 best albums that came out in 2013 – be sure to let us know below which ones you think we've missed. Overall sitewide list 1 AFI Burials Republic As a zine built on the foundation of loving AFI, it would clearly be remiss not to talk about ...

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Dark Mofo Festival 2018

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Posted July 2, 2018, 3:44 p.m.

Hobart, Tasmania Australia Dark Mofo is unlike any other festival on this earthround. Never merely l’art pour l’art ...

Review: Iron & Wine (Sydney Opera House)

Music Review: Iron & Wine (Sydney Opera House)

Posted May 29, 2018, 12:22 p.m.

Alright. Full disclosure: While the moniker Iron & Wine blipped here and there on my radar and your humble narrator thinking ...

Halo Of Flies Records

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Posted May 26, 2018, 9:37 a.m.

In hindsight, Halo Of Flies is one of the labels responsible for dragging me into dark hardcore music. I was ...

SXSW 2018

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Posted April 8, 2018, 12:53 p.m.

The year's third month is always a crazy time to be in Austin, what with the South by Southwest ...

MONA FOMA Festival 2018

Music 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 ...

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 ...

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