A collection of items grouped by topic, eg. "Top 5 Worst Beatles Songs" or "Top 10 best '77 punk releases".
David Bowie, one could argue, is the most influential artist ever. I may get some shit for that comment, but he had done more to marry music, art, fashion, and theater into one arena than anyone before or since. His tendrils reach far into the fine arts world and everything he touched was way before its time. Even his last record Blackstar was cemented as an artistic statement, and this from a 69 year old, cancer-ridden, terminally ill, music veteran who could have recorded a sneeze and gone gold. All that said, it could also be argued that the "Berlin Trilogy" of records with collaborator Brian Eno was one of his highest peaks as an artist. Low, Heroes, and Lodger ...
Sometimes you reach a point in your life when something inside of you just breaks and no matter what you do, you can't fix ...
Multi-day music festival Riot Fest returns to Douglas Park in Chicago for its twelfth year, September 15-17th. The independent music festival specializes in punk, rock ...
Quite literally, a one question interview. Also known as 1QIs, we post these first to our social media on a near-daily basis, with the archival piece here. Check 'em out.
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An in-depth discussion with a band or artist, generally in the form of a straight Q&A – no editorializing.
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Album streams, our Set List "top five..." features, our year-end "best of" lists and other music-related miscellany.
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Contributions on a range of topics from a range of industry figures: musicians, filmmakers, editors and more.
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A melting pot of mixed content: movie, book and even video game reviews. Updated sporadically, but eclectically.
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A semi-regular column exploring new and rising local bands and artists deserving of attention.
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Sometimes the originals just don’t cut it, and sometimes someone just simply makes it better. After some consideration, we’ve come up with what we believe are the top 5 covers better than the originals. Some might cause a little upset, but it wouldn’t be much fun if we didn’t. Unfortunately, Me First and The Gimme Gimmes didn’t make the list. That’s only because if we were to include one, we’d have to include them all. 1 Reel Big Fish – Take On Me (A-Ha) I’m sure we’re all familiar with A-Ha’s ...
Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Union Park in Chicago for it's twelfth year (except 2005's "Intonation Music Festival ...
TV theme songs are their own art form: they aren’t singles and they aren’t cinematic scores. Instead, they ...
1 Devin Townsend – "Tall Latte" (Ziltoid, the Omniscient) Ziltoid is an impeccably funny album. Not only is the premise itself ...
1 Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction Admit it: you love this album just as much as everyone else. And ...
The challenge of listing the definitive "best" album openers is perhaps impossible. While we're dedicated at SPB to challenging ...
Boasting a packed, diverse lineup of bands and musicians, Beacons Festival has something for everyone. These are the acts which ...
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One-question interviews with artists where we find out about the gear and equipment they use to achieve their sound. Browse 46 features
A collection of items grouped by topic, eg. "Top 5 Worst Beatles Songs" or "Top 10 best '77 punk releases". Browse 20 features
A wide-ranging guest column written by BJ from Ancient Shores, mainly covering film but extending into philosophy and aesthetics too. Check out BJ's work on the A389 podcast. Browse 15 features
Guest column by T of Vegas Browse 13 features
There’s so much music released, whether physically or digitally, that keeping up with what’s going on becomes almost like a full time job. With Only Death Is Real, the aim is to bring you something new. Browse 8 features
A roundup of coverage of the annual punk rock festival held in Gainesville, Florida Browse 4 features
A life lived and lessons learned by Eddie Spaghetti of Supersuckers. Browse 4 features
Our annual roundup from Gainesville, FL's famous Fest. Browse 4 features
It's the end of 2013, so here's our best-of roundup for the last twelve months. Browse 4 features
SPB's coverage of the annual festival in Gainesville, Florida. Browse 4 features
Our annual round-up of the best music of the year 2014. Browse 4 features
A brief but englightening chat with an artist who reveals an interesting or unexpected story from their career Browse 4 features
Our annual round-up of the best music of the year 2015. Browse 4 features
Our annual round-up of the best music of the year 2016. Browse 4 features
A cookery column by Nick, vocalist with metal band The Famine. Veggie/vegan friendly! Browse 3 features
Our summary of the best music (and more) of 2018. Browse 3 features
Our wrap-up of the best music and more from 2019 Browse 3 features
A collection of coverage rounding up the year 2012, covering our favorite albums, shows, bands, and more, as well as asking record labels and bands about their past twelve months in music Browse 3 features
How an artist spends their time by day will influence the creative process at night. In Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Scene Point Blank looks at how musicians split their time, and how their careers influence their music – or, alternately &ndash Browse 3 features
Our annual round-up of the best music of the year 2017. Browse 2 features
A regular series by Robert F. Browse 2 features
Discussing the state of the music business at the kitchen table Browse 2 features
A semi-regular column where we choose a specific area and give a local scene report. Browse 1 features
Our coverage of the annual Fest extravaganza. Browse 1 features
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