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Guest List: Top Glass House Shows

Music / The Set List • May 15, 2021

In celebration of a legendary music venue, we've asked some of the staff to reminisce about the bests shows they've seen there. Here are Jon and Jenn's top five shows held at the Glass House: Jon Halperin Glass House Booker I only went two years before I found five of my favorite shows...I am sure if I went through the last 15 years, I would have a list of 100+. 1 Jesus and Mary Chain 4/25/07 2 Bad Religion 6/28/07 3 Of Montreal 11/11/07 (They built a double-decker stage on our stage!) 4 Love and Rockets 4/22/08 5 Vampire Weekend 9/16/08 Jenn Salvadori Glass House Manager This was intensely difficult. To narrow it to five was crazy hard, haha. Thank you so much for including me. It was fun to reminisce. 1 Jungle 09/26/2018 2 Thundercat 09/02/2017 3 The Kills 07/28/2015 4 Washed Out 01/26/2014 5 Courtney Barnett 04/14/2016 Related feature: 25 Years of The Glass House We wrote about celebrating 25 years of the Glass House and its impact on the local music scene in an in-depth feature here. Read more

Top 5 tracks on the Wet Cassettes compilation

Music / The Set List • March 16, 2021

Let me do this in my best vintage Dan Aykroyd from SNL voice. Do YOU need more excitement in your life? A little PICK ME UP in these weird times? … Read more

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

Music / The Set List • December 12, 2017

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 … Read more

Top 10 Acts Worth Mentioning at Riot Fest 2017

Music / The Set List • October 4, 2017

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 it. You hate your job, you … Read more

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

Music / The Set List • September 14, 2017

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, alternative, metal, and hip-hop. Not … Read more

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  • Against Orthodoxy

    A regular series by Robert F.

  • Beyond Casual Observation

    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.

  • Don't Quit Your Day Job

    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

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    Guest column by T of Vegas

  • Feast with the Famine

    A cookery column by Nick, vocalist with metal band The Famine. Veggie/vegan friendly!

  • Fest 11

    A roundup of coverage of the annual punk rock festival held in Gainesville, Florida

  • Fest 12

    Our annual roundup from Gainesville, FL's famous Fest.

  • Fest 13

    SPB's coverage of the annual festival in Gainesville, Florida.

  • Fest 16

    Our coverage of the annual Fest extravaganza.

  • Only Death Is Real

    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.

  • Remember that one time...?

    A life lived and lessons learned by Eddie Spaghetti of Supersuckers.

  • Running on Nothing

    Welcome to Running on Nothing, the latest addition to our stable of columns at Scene Point Blank. Running on Nothing offers a look at the world through the eyes of Kole, bassist of The Lippies, who have been working on a new LP for Red Scare Industries

  • Scatenato Ma Non Troppo

    We survey some of the other music releases out there.  Results may vary...may get weird, but hopefully something covered here piques your interest.

  • Scene Point Local

    A semi-regular column where we choose a specific area and give a local scene report.

  • Table Talk

    Discussing the state of the music business at the kitchen table

  • The Greatest Story Ever Told

    A brief but englightening chat with an artist who reveals an interesting or unexpected story from their career

  • The Set List

    A collection of items grouped by topic, eg. "Top 5 Worst Beatles Songs" or "Top 10 best '77 punk releases".

  • What's That Noise?

    One-question interviews with artists where we find out about the gear and equipment they use to achieve their sound.

  • Year End 2012

    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

  • Year End 2013

    It's the end of 2013, so here's our best-of roundup for the last twelve months.

  • Year End 2014

    Our annual round-up of the best music of the year 2014.

  • Year End 2015

    Our annual round-up of the best music of the year 2015.

  • Year End 2016

    Our annual round-up of the best music of the year 2016.

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    Our annual round-up of the best music of the year 2017.  

  • Year End 2018

    Our summary of the best music (and more) of 2018.

  • Year End 2019

    Our wrap-up of the best music and more from 2019

  • Year End 2020

    Our wrap-up of the best music and more for the year we'll all want to otherwise forget, 2020.

More recent features — Series: The Set List

Top Five Acts We're Excited About at Pitchfork 2017

Music / The Set List • July 11, 2017

Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Union Park in Chicago for it's twelfth year (except 2005's "Intonation Music Festival" tag) July 14-16. As usual, it's three full days diverse acts, food, shopping and pre-and-post events. Here's five of the must-see artists at the 2017 installment. 1 LCD Soundsystem This is the first Pitchfork LCD plays in support of a new album … Read more

Top 5 TV Themes

Music / The Set List • June 21, 2016

TV theme songs are their own art form: they aren’t singles and they aren’t cinematic scores. Instead, they have to be memorable while predominantly setting the tone for the upcoming program. There’s a reason few pop songs are successfully regurgitated into the form and there’s another reason why, thirty years later, people can still sing you their favorites. And it’s … Read more

Top 5 Album Closers

Music / The Set List • March 1, 2015

1 Devin Townsend – "Tall Latte" (Ziltoid, the Omniscient) Ziltoid is an impeccably funny album. Not only is the premise itself spectacularly silly (an alien destroys Earth because our coffee sucks), but Townsend peppers his humour throughout in the most subtle of ways, making the album an absolute delight to listen to from beginning to end. But what really makes … Read more

Top 5 Bands That Never Topped Their Debuts

Music / The Set List • November 25, 2014

1 Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction Admit it: you love this album just as much as everyone else. And with good reason; GNR's debut Appetite for Destruction is a pretty fucking awesome album. It's the classic 80s heavy metal album, filled from end-to-end with nothing but sweet riffs, amazing solos, and Axl Rose's distinctive vocals. So how did … Read more

Our Top 5 Favorite Album Openers

Music / The Set List • August 12, 2014

The challenge of listing the definitive "best" album openers is perhaps impossible. While we're dedicated at SPB to challenging the odds and defying convention, that might be a steep request even for us. Instead, we've chosen some of our personal favorite openers from records across a variety of genres. Inevitably, we'll miss your favorite – let us know below what … Read more

5 Acts Not To Miss At... Beacons Festival 2013

Music / The Set List • July 29, 2013

Boasting a packed, diverse lineup of bands and musicians, Beacons Festival has something for everyone. These are the acts which have caught our eye and are sure to catch yours too... 1. Danny Brown Sunday, Loud And Quiet stage, 19:00 The Detroit rapper has hit the busiest stage of his career so far, building on the success of critically acclaimed … Read more

Top 5 whoa-oh songs

Music / The Set List • March 17, 2013

Whoa-oh is both a pop-punk staple and a songwriting trick that finds its way across many genres. Is it a gimmick to create an easy anthem; a cheap way to fill in syllables; or does it not matter at all because, in the end, the songs that use it have burrowed their way into your memory giving a lasting memory … Read more

Swans: our favorite songs and records

Music / The Set List • August 26, 2012

SPB's top 5 favourite Swans records (in alphabetical order) 1 Filth The first Swans full length appeared in 1983 and signified a huge shift in the post-punk landscape. The evocative artwork that speaks in deep and dirty atmospheres and Gira's ability to draw you in whilst repulsing with his soundtracks of decay is testament to his power. 2 The Great … Read more

Top 5 Most Unforgettable Video Game Themes

Music / The Set List • June 7, 2012

It's E3 season. A time when new games get debuted and companies embarrass themselves with a dance-off to demonstrate their newest product. We thought we'd take the time to appreciate the tunes that danced their way into our hearts and our minds from some of video gaming's biggest franchises. Despite how recognizable some music from video games can be, it … Read more

Top 5 Songs Whose Meaning Eluded Us

Music / The Set List • March 19, 2012

We've all had them - songs where the lyrics passed you by in a blaze of blissful ignorance, until one day you stopped and suddenly heard, as if for the first time, the surprisingly different words that the singer was singing all along. Here, in no particular order, SPB documents our five most confusing songs whose meanings eluded us the … Read more

Top 5 Most Iconic Post / Math Rock Album Covers

Music / The Set List • February 1, 2012

5 Battles -- Mirrored (2007) Battles' sound is incredibly difficult to define. While they are firmly rooted in math rock, their incredibly unorthodox and lighthearted style of composition defy easy description. Even now, there are dozens of aspects of their music I can't find the words to properly convey. That's what makes the cover of their 2007 debut Mirrored so … Read more

Top 5 Songs Under 30 Seconds

Music / The Set List • December 25, 2011

It's the 21st century. The one thing we all seem to lack these days is time. Luckily for us with our busy lives, several bands have taken it upon themselves to record music that barely tickles the half-minute mark. We at SPB have assembled a list of half a dozen or so of these short-but-sweet songs, along with a playable … Read more

Top 5 Progressive Album Covers

Music / The Set List • November 16, 2011

Here at SPB we're big fans of pointing out poor cover art, but we're less good at highlighting the classics of the medium. In this new feature we're examining some of the greatest album artwork ever commited to record, and breaking it down by genre. First up: prog rock. Prepare yourselves. 5 Metallica -- ...And Justice for All I bet … Read more

Top 5 Covers That Are Better Than the Original

Music / The Set List • August 14, 2011

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. … Read more

Top 5 songs by Nick Lowe

Music / The Set List • April 12, 2011

After early stints in the British pub rock band Brinsley Schwartz, and then with Dave Edmunds and Rockpile, Nick Lowe has maintained a long career as a solo artist, producer, and songwriter. Married to Johnny Cash’s stepdaughter Carlene for a while, Nick wrote The Beast In Me for Johnny which launched Cash back into the spotlight. His lyrics have matured … Read more