Posted Aug. 19, 2013, 11:06 p.m.
Who needs functioning eardrums anyway? A Secret Policeman’s Ball play post-punk indie music with new wave undertones, and there is only one volume their music ... read more
Posted May 14, 2019, 1:32 a.m.
Encompassing all of the most salient aspects of 80s synth pop, with clear nods to Talking Heads and New Order, LA trio ASHRR's debut album is a nostalgic ... read more
Posted Dec. 16, 2013, 10:24 p.m.
Aaron & the Sea have come a long way from writing dinosaur-themed ballads. The Minneapolis band formed in 2008 when roommates Aaron Rice and Alex ... read more
Posted July 9, 2019, 2:55 a.m.
Aaron Rice deftly wades through the debris of a break-up on his debut solo LP Neverfade/For Dusk, where his songs are bolstered by addictive synths that ... read more
Posted Nov. 28, 2016, 10:39 p.m.
American Football are the sort of band that shouldn't have attracted so much attention. When they first properly emerged in 1999, a copy of their ... read more
Posted May 4, 2015, 8:17 a.m.
Barack Obama recently apologised to the families of two Western hostages killed during US drone strikes in January in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The use of ... read more
Posted March 23, 2015, 3:34 p.m.
Blur gave a live airing to their upcoming album The Magic Whip at a 300-capacity secret show in West London last Friday, and this week unveiled "Lonesome ... read more
Posted Jan. 8, 2015, 9:50 a.m.
Irish four-piece Kodaline have released details about their forthcoming second album Coming Up For Air and a North American headlining tour due to kick off this ... read more
Posted June 9, 2015, 3:06 p.m.
Indianapolis four-piece Mike Adams At His Honest Weight are setting off on a US east coast tour and will be documenting their travels through a ... read more
Posted Aug. 5, 2015, 6:12 a.m.
Matt Berninger (The National) and Brent Knopf (Menomena, Ramona Falls) have joined forces as El Vy, and have annouced they'll be releasing their debut album ... read more
Posted Aug. 27, 2013, 12:05 a.m.
Before delving into the intricacies of Bell X1's latest release Chop Chop, it is important to note that they have written what is arguably one of ... read more
Posted March 9, 2015, 9:40 p.m.
For the last few years any musical output with brothers Jez and Andy Williams at the helm has sounded otherworldly, like it's trying to capture ... read more
Posted Oct. 3, 2016, 7:51 p.m.
Fuelled by intense introspection and the adopting of a more polished sound, Welcome the Worms marries punk rock sensibilities with the radiant bubblegum pop of ... read more
Posted Aug. 2, 2013, 12:20 p.m.
It's a tray in a hotel room, fairly unremarkable when put back to basics. The tray is littered with cigarettes, beer bottles, a can of coke, a crumpled McDonald's burger wrapper and a lonely bottle of Evian. It's a curious scene: the items on the tray are in a ... read more
Posted Nov. 13, 2017, 5:42 p.m.
Even though 21-year-old Brooke Bentham is firmly entrenched in the burgeoning South London music scene, her music sounds as though it has been dusted with ... read more
Posted Feb. 25, 2019, 9:59 p.m.
The distance between San Francisco and Manchester is 5,000 miles, but Californian psychedelic trio Cellar Doors are determined to bridge that distance on their self-titled debut ... read more
Posted Oct. 24, 2016, 8:41 p.m.
Written in Paris while the city was still reeling in the aftermath of the November 2015 attacks, Mapping the Rendezvous is an album that brims ... read more
Posted March 18, 2019, 7:01 p.m.
Los Angeles quartet Dear Boy are firm favourites in their hometown's indie scene, but their new EP suggests that they could go much further. Dear ... read more
Posted April 13, 2015, 8:09 a.m.
The basic tenets of theology and philosophy concern discerning right from wrong, good from evil. There will never be any clear answer to this, but ... read more
Posted Sept. 28, 2015, 8:38 a.m.
Long considered the perennial sons of British 1980s post punk, Editors have never quite been able to shake off the Depeche Mode and Joy Division ... read more
Posted May 27, 2013, 10:48 p.m.
Emma Louise described the cover art for her debut album Vs Head Vs Heart as expressing "the beauty that can come out of vulnerability". The cover art ... read more
Posted Feb. 3, 2015, 12:54 a.m.
Creating the most welcoming introduction that you're likely to hear this year, S opener "Swimming Pool" features haunting, echoing synthesisers that sound like a distorted ... read more
Posted March 7, 2016, 5:43 p.m.
Finding an anchor in your life is one of those inevitabilities that is constantly chattering away in the back of your head; you're trying to ... read more
Posted June 11, 2013, 1:18 a.m.
Some musicians view making music as a vocation, something that they will entirely devote their lives to, to the extent that it seeps into everything ... read more
Posted July 21, 2015, 1:29 p.m.
Arcade Fire are set to release a film that gives a behind the scenes look at the recording and touring for their critically acclaimed album ... read more
Posted April 15, 2015, 9:51 a.m.
Emmy the Great has announced two Californian tour dates, and has released a Teleman remix of the lead single from her S EP, "Swimming Pool". The ... read more
Posted Oct. 3, 2013, 3:14 p.m.
The release date for Morrissey's Autobiography has been confirmed for October 17, according to a press release on the unofficial Morrissey fan site True-to-You. The ... read more
Posted March 6, 2015, 11:20 a.m.
Weezer guitarist Brian Bell's side project, The Relationship, have revealed they will be releasing their new 7inch "Oh Allen" on April 8 via Burger Records, ... read more
Posted March 30, 2015, 7:54 p.m.
There's something deliciously miserable about Dublin weather that stretches from the end of January to the early flecks of spring, with the pre-summer season not ... read more
Posted March 2, 2015, 11:07 p.m.
The duo that make up Vancouver-based synth poppers Humans met by chance while engaged in artistic endeavours outside of music. Robbie Slade is a former ... read more
Posted July 1, 2013, 9:02 p.m.
Truly happy yet honest albums are in short supply. If they’re happy they’re usually over-the-top and use cringe-worthy lyrics, but if the album’s songs are ... read more
Posted Aug. 27, 2019, 3:48 p.m.
Having started out in bands and working in collaboration with other musicians, Minnesotan musician Aaron Rice decided to strike out on his own in 2015, ... read more
Posted Feb. 20, 2017, 11:05 a.m.
A couple of years ago Vermont post-punk stalwarts The Static Age played a number of rallies in support of their state senator Bernie Sanders, whipping ... read more
Posted July 5, 2015, 3:41 p.m.
Anti-Flag have never shied away from exploring the complex political and social issues that affect their native United States while also maintaining a dogged awareness ... read more
Posted April 17, 2015, 4:45 p.m.
Twins Andy and Jez Williams braved the unforgiving Welsh winter to bring us the sound of their eponymous debut, their first release since their other ... read more
Posted Oct. 31, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
"People don't want us to fail anymore, which is kind of nice." Liam Fray is considered and introspective when ruminating on the early days of ... read more
Posted Feb. 2, 2014, 3:05 p.m.
Australian singer-songwriter Emma Louise released her debut album Vs Head Vs Heart last April, delving into synth-heavy song structures after releasing an acoustic EP. Emma ... read more
Posted May 11, 2015, 2:25 a.m.
When Emmy The Great returned with her S EP nearly three years after her last release, a new band member suddenly appeared on the cover ... read more
Posted Oct. 21, 2018, 2:54 p.m.
Fatherson's new album seesaws between visceral, enveloping rock music and experimental, cinematic soundscapes, which should come as no surprise as the Scottish trio's back catalogue ... read more
Posted March 30, 2015, 3:10 p.m.
Irish indie six-piece White McKenzie never officially broke up, they just went quiet. Frontman Kieran O'Reilly secured an acting role in the hugely popular Irish ... read more
Posted Dec. 12, 2017, 2:32 p.m.
The closing track on electronic musician Hiatus' latest album All the Troubled Hearts immediately catches you off guard. The gravelly voice of an older gentleman ... read more
Posted May 20, 2016, 3:45 p.m.
"When I am alone, the only place to look is the crowd. I know I am up there alone." Julien Baker, a 20 year old ... read more
Posted April 7, 2014, 5:41 p.m.
From writing songs in a bedroom in the Dublin suburbs to selling out venues all over Ireland and the UK, Irish four-piece Kodaline have been ... read more
Posted Sept. 9, 2018, 2:03 p.m.
In 2007, a group of young Scottish musicians called The View became one of the key bands in the mid-‘00s British indie music scene with ... read more
Posted July 4, 2017, 3:18 p.m.
Detroit four-piece Lilac Lungs aimed to create a safe space with their recently released debut album Eventide, which confronts fears and friction that's buffered by ... read more
Posted Sept. 3, 2017, 2:05 p.m.
Last Autumn a rectangular glass box appeared on one of Dublin's busiest streets. Inside, there was a bearded man, eyes shut, singing a song recounting ... read more
Posted March 19, 2017, 8:52 a.m.
Listening to Taking Back Sunday as an emo kid in 2006 was like hooking the embodiment of your misplaced rage into your veins. If you ... read more
Posted Oct. 3, 2019, 2:40 p.m.
When Irish five-piece The Murder Capital recently released their debut album When I Have Fears, it was rapturously received by critics and music fans alike, ... read more
Posted May 11, 2019, 2:12 p.m.
Achieving phenomenal success with the release of your debut album is the kind of thing that most bands can only dream of, but what happens ... read more
Posted April 2, 2017, 3:20 p.m.
White Lies first broke into the British indie music scene in 2009 with the release of their debut album To Lose My Life.... The album ... read more
Posted Oct. 20, 2014, 7:42 p.m.
After a career spanning more than ten years and 4 critically acclaimed albums as the frontman of Manchester 3-piece Doves, Jimi Goodwin has been waiting ... read more
Posted Oct. 21, 2013, 6:37 p.m.
Mohill is a rural Irish village in county Leitrim, it's nice, quaint and generally doesn't divide opinion. To use an Irishism: sure it's grand. It's ... read more
Posted April 10, 2017, 6:03 p.m.
Laura Marling was routinely described as being precocious when she first started making her own music as a teenager. She emerged as part of London's ... read more
Posted July 15, 2013, 8:59 p.m.
The transition from performing acoustic covers in your bedroom on YouTube to recording original songs in a recording studio and playing in front of a ... read more
Posted Aug. 11, 2014, 7:35 p.m.
Heartbreak in its truest form is one of life's most sobering and unyielding experiences. As the tedious old adage goes: there's a thin line between ... read more
Posted Sept. 9, 2013, 11:07 p.m.
Long Lost first began life as the acoustic side project of Transit frontman Joe Boynton, shortly after the release of Transit's fourth album Young New England he turned his attention ... read more
Posted Jan. 6, 2014, 6:58 p.m.
On one end of an (unscientific) scale of popular male singer-songwriters sits Ed Sheeran, perched comfortably at the top of the charts while still maintaining an ... read more
Posted Aug. 10, 2015, 6:46 p.m.
Matt Skiba's latest side project sound like they've been born out of the wave of late-90s American indie that brought us the likes of Weezer ... read more
Posted Feb. 20, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
When John Lennon went into the studio to record the vocals for "Twist and Shout" he had already taken multiple throat lozenges and even gargled ... read more
Posted Dec. 11, 2017, 6:23 p.m.
Mark Gill's England Is Mine introduces Morrissey while he's on the cusp of adulthood, an enigma of cocksure arrogance presented in the body of a slightly hunched ... read more
Posted Jan. 21, 2019, 9:57 p.m.
Part parody and part homage to guitar music, Dutch four-piece Mozes and the Firstborn have set a new tone with their American-tinged third album Dadcore. The ... read more
Posted Oct. 18, 2013, 2:28 p.m.
The Stone Roses "Made of Stone" documentary will be shown in theatres in Canada and the US this November. The documentary looks at the seminal ... read more
Posted May 18, 2019, 12:01 p.m.
Manchester-based psychadelic five-piece URF's new single "Solitude" is out now, and the band will be performing at the Manchester Psych Fest in August. The band has ... read more
Posted July 23, 2013, 6:35 p.m.
Welcome to the Machine, a new documentary exploring "the twelve commandments of the music industry" through a series of interviews looking at all of the ... read more
Posted Sept. 2, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
New Dialogue's Facebook bio states that the Los Angeles-based quintet "speaks for the moment", and with their band name they "assume an important responsibility" -- ... read more
Posted Feb. 5, 2018, 8:26 p.m.
Erstwhile Kaiser Chief Nick Hodgson has spent the past five years penning songs for the likes of Mark Ronson and Shirley Bassey, basking in being out of the limelight and ... read more
Posted July 31, 2015, 11:08 a.m.
Razorcake writer Chris Pepus tragically passed away in early June after taking his own life. Pepus was best known for advocating for social and economic justice through his writing, and more recently left his job as an film archivist when he discovered that the university he was working for was ... read more
Posted Aug. 10, 2015, 12:08 a.m.
Cape Noire SPB: What prompted you to choose a black cape as a sartorial statement and a band name? CN: Cape Noire came out of ... read more
Posted Jan. 22, 2016, 12:01 a.m.
Robbie (Humans) SPB: How does being in a band compare to being a forest fire fighter? Robbie: Being in a band is somewhat similar to ... read more
Posted Nov. 24, 2014, 7 p.m.
Somewhere among the snowy and otherworldly environs of Reykjavik, Jón Björn Árnason and Leifur Kristinsson created Ourlives. They've been together for nine years, having already ... read more
Posted Nov. 19, 2013, 11:03 p.m.
The press blurb that accompanies Texas-based indie folk duo Papermoons' sophomore album No Love claims that "the idea that you can say a whole lot more without ... read more
Posted Nov. 25, 2014, 5:49 a.m.
Alkaline Trio drummer Derek Grant has announced plans to release his debut solo album Breakdown on January 20, 2015 via Red Scare Industries. The album ... read more
Posted Oct. 15, 2014, 12:35 p.m.
Belle and Sebastian's ninth studio album Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance has been slated for release on January 20, 2015 in the US and January ... read more
Posted Aug. 28, 2015, 10:59 a.m.
Liverpudlian songsmith and former Coral lead guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones has released details of his forthcoming album West Kirby County Primary. The album is out on November ... read more
Posted Nov. 20, 2013, 12:48 p.m.
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's collaboration album with Norah Jones is now streaming in full over here on Amazon. Foreverly is inspired by The ... read more
Posted Feb. 19, 2015, 11:04 a.m.
At a press conference in Chinatown, London, the four members of Britpop pioneers Blur announced details of their first album in 12 years, called The ... read more
Posted Oct. 2, 2013, 5:48 a.m.
Cage The Elephant's latest album, Melophobia, is streaming in full over on Rolling Stone a week before its release on October 8. Melophobia is the ... read more
Posted Feb. 4, 2014, 10:49 a.m.
Elbow have revealed the cover art for their forthcoming album The Take Off and Landing of Everything, due out in March. The first single from ... read more
Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 2:14 p.m.
English singer-songwriter Laura Marling has announced the details for her forthcoming fifth album Short Movie. The 11 track album is set to be released in ... read more
Posted May 14, 2015, 2:36 p.m.
The side project of Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba have released "Krazy", the second single from their upcoming album Kuts, the band's second full-length. The three-piece ... read more
Posted Jan. 26, 2015, 9:59 a.m.
Parquet Courts have annouced plans to release a live LP as part of Third Man Records' Live At Third Man series. Recorded in Third Man's Blue ... read more
Posted May 14, 2015, 2:58 p.m.
Paul Weller's new album Saturns Pattern is now being streamed in full. The album is his twelfth solo album, and seems to follow his usual ... read more
Posted Oct. 15, 2014, 2:50 p.m.
Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath has recorded an acoustic cover of Guns N' Roses' "Civil War" for the protest album This Concerns Everyone, released November 18 ... read more
Posted Sept. 15, 2016, 2:08 p.m.
The duo consisting of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward are set to release a Christmas-themed album ahead of the holiday season. Christmas Party sees the ... read more
Posted Jan. 15, 2014, 4:40 p.m.
Taking Back Sunday's latest album Happiness Is, the follow-up to their 2011 self-titled release, is slated for release on March 18. Recorded last summer, the ... read more
Posted Jan. 13, 2014, 12:26 p.m.
Warpaint are streaming their self-titled second album over on NPR a week before its release on January 17 on Rough Trade. The Los Angeles four-piece ... read more
Posted Jan. 18, 2016, 8:18 a.m.
See Through Dresses' sound is lathered in squealing, wailing guitars that melt and sway in the sludge of the rawest depths of grunge. The frazzled ... read more
Posted March 24, 2014, 11:25 p.m.
Spawned from drunken promises at an LA house party to "jam together", soon-to-be Skaters vocalist Michael Ian Cummings and guitarist Josh Hubbard made a hazy ... read more
Posted June 24, 2013, 10:25 p.m.
Torontonians The Heights like Angels & Airwaves. They really, really like Angels & Airwaves, which is the most readily apparent characteristic of “Soldier”, the opening track ... read more
Posted July 1, 2013, 9:21 p.m.
Halloween can be an inspiring topic for musicians. The Misfits' "Halloween" evokes dark autumn evenings with snarling vocals and captivating riffs, while AFI's Misfits-influenced All Hallows EP ... read more
Posted June 11, 2013, 1:02 a.m.
DISCLAIMER: Readers, a bold claim is about to be made. The National’s Trouble Will Find Me could, quite possibly, be as essential as air. Tread carefully, the ... read more
Posted Jan. 20, 2014, 8:03 p.m.
When a band consists of only two members tasked with carrying the weight of riff-heavy and sneakily blues-influenced garage rock sounds on two pairs of ... read more
Posted May 5, 2014, 9:50 p.m.
All good stories need an emphatic storyteller to bring the characters to life. Beyond one dimensional storyboards where all film ideas begin and draft-upon-draft of ... read more
Posted Aug. 12, 2013, 10:49 p.m.
Guitars guitars guitars. When did you last hear a new band who's main focus is on guitars? Londoner Tilman Hartley's debut album To Basics is all about ... read more
Posted Dec. 19, 2016, 5:29 p.m.
Tom Odell's an interesting prospect: The 26-year-old is an Ivor Novello and BRIT award winner with two albums to his name, who mixes piano-laden ballads ... read more
Posted June 24, 2013, 10:38 p.m.
Santa Barbara four-piece Tommy & The High Pilots first formed five years ago in 2008. In that space of time they have released two albums ... read more
Posted Sept. 15, 2016, 2:23 p.m.
Biffy Clyro have announced new tour dates in France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy and Belgium early next year. The Ellipsis Tour will see the band touring throughout ... read more
Posted March 6, 2015, 11:46 a.m.
Legendary musician and former Beach Boy Brian Wilson has announced US tour dates this summer in support of his forthcoming album No Pier Pressue, slated ... read more
Posted Aug. 21, 2015, 1:38 p.m.
Alkaline Trio's Dan Andriano has announced a string of UK dates this November, where he'll be performing material from his latest album Party Adjacent and 2011's ... read more
Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 1:53 p.m.
Celtic punks Flogging Molly have announced Irish alternative rock group The Mighty Stef as their support act during their US tour. Kicking off on November 21, ... read more
Posted Jan. 22, 2014, 2:58 p.m.
Football Etc. are set to tour Europe with Papermoons through February and March. The 19-date tour sees the two bands play a number of shows in ... read more
Posted March 24, 2017, 4:45 p.m.
Taking Back Sunday are set to return to the festival circuit this summer, along with a string of headline tour dates in their native US. ... read more
Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 2:13 p.m.
Taking Back Sunday are set to kick off a full North American tour next spring, opening in New Orleans on February 18. Their sixth album ... read more
Posted Feb. 23, 2015, 1:42 p.m.
Minneapolis trio AATS, formerly known as Aaron & The Sea, have released a new video for "Cloak & Dagger". The song is taken from the synth-pop band's 2013 EP of ... read more
Posted May 23, 2013, 1:28 p.m.
The Arctic Monkeys debuted their new song "Do I Wanna Know?" at a warm up gig in Ventura, California last night in advance of their ... read more
Posted April 20, 2015, 5:41 a.m.
Mancunian duo Black Rivers have released the video for their new single "Age of Innocence" from their self-titled debut album. The band is made up ... read more
Posted Aug. 5, 2015, 5:52 a.m.
Florence and the Machine have unveiled the joint video for "Queen of Peace" and "Long and Lost", the fourth music video they've released from their ... read more
Posted May 20, 2014, 2:53 p.m.
Morrissey has released a spoken word video for "Istanbul", the latest single from his upcoming album World Peace Is None Of Your Business. This is ... read more
Posted Feb. 8, 2017, 10:28 a.m.
We have the pleasure of premiering Northern Irish four-piece Strength NIA's experimental and intriguing video for "La Floresta" here on Scene Point Blank. The song itself ... read more
Posted Oct. 10, 2016, 9:29 p.m.
LA has been spoiling us lately: Bleached, Deap Valley and Warpaint are just a few of the bands that have been releasing stellar new material. ... read more
Posted May 14, 2013, 1:13 a.m.
The beauty in acoustic albums usually comes from hearing a song you know and love take on a different resonance when it’s stripped back and ... read more
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