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Review: Iron & Wine (Sydney Opera House)

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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 that it would not be the worst name for a band anchored in the unsägliche genre that has become known as Neofolk, I had never actually listened to Sam Beam and his musical explorations prior to this gig. Six albums and fifteen years in, Iron & Wine incarnated at Sydney’s Opera House underneath cloud props set against a blue background, allowing the audience to focus on the music without further frivolous ornamentation or distractions. While a bit of homework on the man revealed that throughout his career he here and there employed the full-sound of a band as well ...

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Halo Of Flies Records

Music Halo Of Flies Records

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 already into metal of all ...

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 Festival taking up March's ...

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Pass The Mic: Artists and 2007

Posted Oct. 16, 2010, 11:05 a.m.

Last year we introduced you, the readers of Scene Point Blank, to a new feature, "Pass the Mic," as part of our evaluation of the best music of 2006. We asked some of our favorite record labels to tell us their thoughts on the music of the year. With this year's "Pass the Mic" feature, we turn to some of our favorite bands to get their thoughts and opinions on their favorite records of 2007, the impact of donation-based releases, the crackdown on file-sharing, and their most anticipated releases of 2008. All interviews were conducted by Michael exclusively for ...

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MONA FOMA Festival 2018

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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 ...

Pass The Mic: Artists and labels on 2017

Music Pass The Mic: Artists and labels on 2017

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

Each year at SPB we reach out to the wide stable of artists, labels and other music scene folks to ...

Top 10 Songs From the New David Bowie Boxed Set “A New Career in a New Town”

Music Top 10 Songs From the New David Bowie Boxed Set “A New Career in a New Town”

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 ...

Fest 16

Music Fest 16

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 ...

Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum

Music Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum

Posted Nov. 6, 2017, 3:23 p.m.
Beyond Casual Observation

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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