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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

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 find out what their take ...

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2007: A Year In Review

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

Where would you be without us? How would you know what's been happening? What would you do in mid January if the SPB team weren't around to answer all these questions and more? Luckily, you'll never have to find out, because we have generously provided the solution once again. Read on to discover SPB's favourite EPs, singles, missed records, cover art, Myspace bands and more. Enjoy! - the SPB team Quick Links: Top 5 Shows, Top 5 Long Time Coming Records, Top 5 Singles That Should Never Be Played Again, Top 5 Reissues, Top 5 Records Missed ...

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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.
The Set List

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

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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 ...

Looking Forward to The Fest 16

Music Looking Forward to The Fest 16

Posted Oct. 22, 2017, 4:40 p.m.
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It’s been three very long years since SPB hit The Fest. Well, it all changes this year – we’re ...

Top 10 Acts Worth Mentioning at Riot Fest 2017

Music Top 10 Acts Worth Mentioning at Riot Fest 2017

Posted Oct. 4, 2017, 2:31 p.m.
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Sometimes you reach a point in your life when something inside of you just breaks and no matter what you ...

Top Ten Acts We're Excited About at Riot Fest 2017

Music Top Ten Acts We're Excited About at Riot Fest 2017

Posted Sept. 14, 2017, 10:41 a.m.
The Set List

Multi-day music festival Riot Fest returns to Douglas Park in Chicago for its twelfth year, September 15-17th. The independent music ...

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