Posted March 28, 2019, 10:59 a.m.
After a brief(ish) hiatus, we're back with the new 2019 season of our podcast! You can find us on iTunes and use your regular podcast search engine to look for Scene Point Blank, or you can just use the handy embedded player below to listen to our new episode. Show ... read more
Posted Oct. 28, 2018, 2:30 p.m.
The annual Sydney Festival is due to return from 9th-27th January 2019, including theatre performances, art installations and a diverse musical lineup including: Orquesta Akokán, a 13-piece mambo band direct from Cuba; South African neo-soul singer and queer icon Nakhane; American art-pop composer Julia Holter; Ethio-jazz musician Mulatu Astatke and ... read more
Posted May 24, 2017, 2:42 a.m.
We're back with a new episode of the SPB podcast! As always, you can find us on iTunes and other good podcast apps (unsurprisingly, we're called "Scene Point Blank" over there, too). On this month's episode we have music from Radioactivity, Infinity Girl and Dead in the Dirt. You can give it a listen ... read more
Posted April 6, 2017, 8:17 a.m.
We're back! The latest episode of the SPB podcast is now live and we've made a few tweaks. We have new intro music, added a host, and we've transitioned to a new podcast hosting service for boring technical reasons. Listen below to check out this month's episode featuring music by ... read more
Posted Feb. 22, 2017, 9:03 a.m.
SPB favorite Ted Leo has announced via Twitter a project to crowdfund his as-yet-untitled next album. Leo, whose last album as Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, ... read more
Posted Jan. 18, 2017, 6:20 a.m.
New year, new episode of our podcast! This month our legendary contributor BJ Rochinich has a bunch of new music (including Clevinger, Ruins and Spirits) and some ... read more
Posted Jan. 14, 2017, 2:39 p.m.
On what would have been David Bowie's 70th birthday, January 8th 2017, a new song "No Plan" was released online with an accompanying video, a ... read more
Posted Dec. 9, 2016, 5:30 a.m.
Reformed post-hardcore superstars At The Drive-In have released a new song (and accompanying lyric video) called "Governed By Contagions". The band reunited back in 2012 ... read more
Posted Dec. 8, 2016, 5:39 a.m.
Happy December! We've got an early Christmas present for you: the latest episode of the SPB podcast. You can check out Episode 3 below, and subscribe in all the usual places (including iTunes here). The podcast is created and presented by our beloved contributor BJ Rochinich. read more
Posted Nov. 2, 2016, 2:32 p.m.
It's a new month and that means a new episode of the Scene Point Blank podcast! You can listen to our difficult second episode below, and subscribe in all the usual places (including iTunes here). The podcast is created and presented by our beloved contributor BJ Rochinich. read more
Posted Feb. 27, 2016, 11:24 p.m.
Gareth Dickson (solo, Vashti Bunyan) SPB: Is it unusual to be considered a "cult" artist or almost semi-legendary while still recording music? What kind of ... read more
Posted March 17, 2014, 3:56 a.m.
Rumors are increasing that newly-announced hardcore band XTRMST is a side project of AFI frontman and guitarist respectively, Davey Havok and Jade Puget. Details are sketchy ... read more
Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 5:12 p.m.
We're proud to announce this week the launch of Scene Point Blank's first-ever book, proudly titled All Downhill From Here. It's a collection of our best ... read more
Posted Nov. 26, 2013, midnight
It's encouraging that after releasing one of the best records of 2010, Janelle Monáe wasn't rushed into releasing the follow-up album to The ArchAndroid until she was ... read more
Posted Oct. 27, 2013, 2:18 p.m.
Rolling Stone is reporting that veteran rock artist Lou Reed has died. The cause is as yet unknown but Reed has reportedly been ill since ... read more
Posted Oct. 24, 2013, 4:34 p.m.
Elliott Smith at his last-ever NYC show, January 29th 2003. He killed himself that October.Photo: Alexis I have this friend, let's call her L. We "met" on a music messageboard back when things like that were still popular. We lived in different cities and we never met in person, but ... read more
Posted April 7, 2013, 3:02 p.m.
(This review contains copious spoilers: if you intend to read the novel yourself, proceed with caution. We're posting it as a blog since it's not strictly music-related, despite being written by a prominent musician. Now read on!) Joining the vast array of musicians-turned-novelists (wait, what?), Davey Havok of AFI fame throws ... read more
Posted Jan. 28, 2013, 4:14 p.m.
The brilliantly-named Big Dick of Dirt Cult Records have given Scene Point Blank an exclusive stream of their new self-titled debut. The post-punk duo (just ... read more
Posted Jan. 27, 2013, 5:53 a.m.
Welcome to the new-look Scene Point Blank! You're seeing what's amounted to almost a year of planning, designing, re-coding and rethinking. We hope you like it - we're really pleased with it. You'll see more as the weeks go on of the new features and parts of the site, but ... read more
Posted Jan. 26, 2013, 7:12 p.m.
Who still reads webzines? Who still publishes them? In a world where Spotify, Twitter, Facebook and Myspace (again) are drowning users in new music, it’s ... read more
Posted Nov. 28, 2012, 8:33 p.m.
Long-running webzine Pastepunk has announced that it's to cease publishing after 14 years online. The site, run by founder Jordan Baker, has long been a ... read more
Posted Nov. 13, 2012, 5:10 a.m.
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has hinted in a vague reddit "Ask Me Anything" interview at a possible Nine Inch Nails tour in 2013. A user named "toastercookie" asked Reznor about the band's lighting effects at live shows, adding "I would kill to see NIN again, what a great ... read more
Posted Nov. 12, 2012, 5 p.m.
Thank god it's not another concept album.That's perhaps untrue, though: maybe this is just a concept album broken over three separate records: ¡Uno! is the ... read more
Posted Nov. 5, 2012, 12:50 p.m.
The year is 2052. Society as we know it has completely changed. The laws of government and nation have crumbled into dust, trodden down firmly ... read more
Posted Aug. 29, 2012, 2:43 a.m.
It's rare that you attend a show that feels like it has the weight of history riding on it, but seeing At The Drive-In play what is likely to be the final show of their reunion tour, 12 years after they originally split, certainly felt in that category.The queue outside ... read more
Posted July 22, 2012, 6:36 p.m.
Laura Jane Grace, vocalist with Against Me!, has been interviewed in British newspaper the Guardian, talking about her recent gender change (Laura was previously known ... read more
Posted May 8, 2012, 8:01 p.m.
The singer of Against Me!, Tom Gabel, has announced that she plans to live as a woman after dealing with gender dysphoria for years, according ... read more
Posted April 11, 2012, 6:10 a.m.
California's most popular punk rock sons, Green Day, have announced via Twitter that they intend to release three new records in September, November and January ... read more
Posted March 12, 2012, 6:13 a.m.
The long-running Reading / Leeds Festival lineup for 2012 has been announced today. At The Drive-In tweeted before the official announcement that they would be ... read more
Posted Jan. 9, 2012, 7:36 a.m.
El Paso, Texas post-hardcore heroes At The Drive-In have posted a cryptic tweet on their barely-used Twitter profile. The message reads as follows: ¡ ATTENTION ... read more
Posted Jan. 2, 2012, 9:13 a.m.
As you may have noticed, it's now 2012, meaning we're in year-in-review season! SPB has duly obliged with our annual roundup of what's good and bad in the past twelve months. Feast your eyes on the following features: Our top 25 albums of 2011A roundup of our favorite records from ... read more
Posted Oct. 31, 2011, 11:49 p.m.
Legendary Leeds, UK-based venue the Brudenell Social Club (host to both local acts and international underground heroes) will be hosting a night dedicated to Michael Azzerad's seminal history of ... read more
Posted Oct. 17, 2011, 10:35 a.m.
Sabot Productions has announced that, on November 1, 2011, they will be releasing Lucero's That Much Further West on double LP, 180g vinyl. The first LP will consist of the original album, while the second contains alternate versions of each track. The package includes a gatefold jacket and download card. read more
Posted Sept. 12, 2011, 7:57 p.m.
Larry Livermore, founder and ex-owner of Lookout! Records, posted the following Tweet early this morning: Didn't think I'd ever get involved in putting out records again, but @BJAofficial just may have made me an offer I can't refuse. No further information is clear yet, but the message refers to Green ... read more
Posted Sept. 12, 2011, 4:40 a.m.
Nothing Nice to Say, the punk webcomic by Mitch Clem, has returned after a several year hiatus to present new strips to the world. The ... read more
Posted Sept. 7, 2011, 11:58 p.m.
AFI have announced their split via their message board. Singer Davey Havok had this to say: This is the end. Sorry, but AFI is done. After more than 15 years of being together, we as a band have decided to disband A.F.I. Me and Jade will still continue the Blaqk ... read more
Posted July 8, 2011, 10:20 p.m.
In honour of the tenth anniversary of his seminal Tyranny of Distance album, Ted Leo has been posting a series of blog entries regarding the ... read more
Posted June 29, 2011, 3:28 a.m.
Ted Leo has announced indirectly via Twitter that he'll be performing his classic 2001 record The Tyranny of Distance in full at the annual South ... read more
Posted May 30, 2011, 10:20 p.m.
Saves The Day have posted a countdown on their website indicating the amount of days until their newest release, Daybreak, hits stores on September 13th this year. The countdown also includes a streaming song from the record, "Living Without Love". Users can download the song rather than stream it if ... read more
Posted May 30, 2011, 5:27 a.m.
Three years in the making since their praised-to-the-heavens self-titled debut, Helplessness Blues is a masterpiece of a sophomore offering, consisting of everything that made Fleet ... read more
Posted May 24, 2011, 9:15 p.m.
The Fest 10 recently added more confirmations for the October 28-30, 2011 party in Gainesville, FL. Added to the already massive listing are: Ted Leo + The Pharmacists; Defiance, Ohio; Franz Nicolay; Mercury Program; Regents; Bangers (UK); Astpai (Austria); Run Forever; Street Eaters; The Holy Mess; Cutman; Junior Battles; Dude ... read more
Posted April 25, 2011, 5:08 p.m.
Early news reports are indicating X-Ray Spex frontwoman Poly Styrene has lost her long-running battle with cancer. More news as we hear it on this sad story. read more
Posted March 30, 2011, 10:11 p.m.
Scene Point Blank is proud to bring an exclusive stream from the upcoming Underground Railroad to Candyland record Knows Your Sins, which will be released by Recess on April 26, 2011. You can click below to play the track. Get Flash to see this player. // URTC member Todd Congelliere has ... read more
Posted March 21, 2011, 4:57 a.m.
Screeching Weasel frontman Ben Weasel has posted a formal apology on his personal blog for the recent attack he made on several women at Austin's SXSW festival. Weasel said: I want to apologize to both the club owner and audience member involved for my actions during our show at SXSW ... read more
Posted Feb. 25, 2011, 6:43 a.m.
A partial lineup for Gainesville's Fest 10 has been posted. Some of the highlights include Hot Water Music, Against Me!, Lifetime, Dillinger Four, Circle Takes ... read more
Posted Feb. 2, 2011, 2:04 a.m.
Blues rockers the White Stripes have unexpectedly announced their breakup, according to recent reports. Official word seems to be that the band "will make no ... read more
Posted Jan. 31, 2011, 7:06 p.m.
Seattle's Fleet Foxes have announced the eagerly-awaited followup to their self titled debut, 2008's Fleet Foxes. The record will be called Helplessness Blues and will ... read more
Posted Jan. 11, 2011, 4:34 a.m.
Sad news reaches us from No Idea Records regarding the future of The Measure [SA]. Guitarist/vocalist Lauren Denitzio gave us this quote: "After a number of lineup changes, the Measure increasingly became Fid and I finding ways to continue making music together. For a while, that was working, but this ... read more
Posted Jan. 10, 2011, 5:51 a.m.
Green Day have announced a new live CD/DVD to be released in March 2011 with the parent-baiting title of Awesome as F**k. There's a youtube ... read more
Posted Jan. 4, 2011, 7:19 a.m.
In case you haven't noticed the large graphics at the top of the site, we've just posted our year end content! There are three to ... read more
Posted Dec. 27, 2010, 11:10 a.m.
Their first record for Matador; their first record featuring new bassist Marty Key: The Brutalist Bricks is a record of firsts. It's the band's second ... read more
Posted Dec. 18, 2010, 9:01 p.m.
From the inbox: Norway’s legendary black metal duo, Darkthrone, and Britain’s independent heavy metal powerhouse, Peaceville Records, will continue to re-release new editions of classic ... read more
Posted Nov. 9, 2010, 5:57 p.m.
Official press release:New Lows' "Harvest Of The Carcass" album is finally coming together.Recorded by CC of Mind Eraser at the Paincave, "Harvest Of The Carcass" ... read more
Posted Oct. 29, 2010, 12:21 a.m.
Emo rockers The Get Up Kids have announced the release date of their new record, "There Are Rules", released January 25th, 2011 on their own ... read more
Posted Oct. 17, 2010, 1:12 a.m.
Panic Records have signed All Teeth, according to recent news releases from the label. Here's the word from the horse's mouth: It's been a long ... read more
Posted Oct. 16, 2010, 11:09 a.m.
Since their formation, Against Me! have enjoyed a somewhat cult following in the punk scene, and tend to split audiences down the middle in terms of opinion. Their recent signing to Sire Records attracted a lot of attention and many "fans", already feeling alienated by the band's previous signing ... read more
Posted Oct. 16, 2010, 11:05 a.m.
Everyone calls Dave Grohl the nicest man in rock, but they've evidently never met Ted Leo. Perhaps 'nice' is the wrong word though: the New Jersey musician is one of the most energetic, engaging, passionate and genuine artists to emerge in the indie/punk scene for quite some time. Touring like ... read more
Posted Oct. 16, 2010, 11:05 a.m.
Anyone familar with Strike Anywhere will be aware of their sincerity and consistency throughout their career. Equally sincere is their frontman, Thomas Barnett, a force of lyrical fury and intellectual reason. When Scene Point Blank's Matt sat down with Thomas, we talked about the recently uploaded footage of a UCLA ... read more
Posted Oct. 16, 2010, 11:05 a.m.
When SPB saw Ian Mackaye's new band The Evens play, it was situated in a large ornate church hall, with a crowd of varying age seated on pews in some twisted parody of a church sermon. If the crowd represented a congregation, did that make Ian Mackaye the preacher? Leading ... read more
Posted Oct. 16, 2010, 11:05 a.m.
Jonathan Pfeffer: A man who needs no introduction. Scene Point Blank: State your name and your role in Capillary Action (!) Jonathan: My name is Jon and I am Capillary Action. I would also like to state that Matt Andrews and I have a half Puerto Rican/half Sasquatch lovechild named ... read more
Posted Oct. 16, 2010, 11:05 a.m.
After their second show on their new UK tour, Tiger Army are still settling into the routine of playing with a new band lineup. Their first time playing in the UK for three years, the band were keen to spread the psychobilly love with UK veterans The Hangmen and with ... read more
Posted Sept. 12, 2010, 5:52 a.m.
Washington DC heroes The Dismemberment Plan could be on cue to reform after splitting up in early 2003. The band's Twitter account has recently become active again, with the band posting this cryptic message: Some stuff to announce soon, watch this space. The band last played together in 2007 for ... read more
Posted Jan. 4, 2010, 1:45 p.m.
In a U.K. pop scene increasingly dominated by uncertain female electro-pop princesses or paltry imitations of Rihanna or Beyonce, its refreshing and exciting to see ... read more
Posted Dec. 14, 2009, 12:34 a.m.
Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante has apparently left the LA funk rockers for the second time. He has been replaced by his longtime solo collaborator Josh Klinghoffer, who worked on many of Frusciante's prolific solo records, as well as recorded alongside Frusciante and Fugazi bassist Joe Lally under the name ... read more
Posted Sept. 30, 2009, 2:34 a.m.
Album number eight from the band now renowned for their genre-shifting and reinvention. Three years in the making, three producers in the studio, and twelve ... read more
Posted Aug. 19, 2009, 12:04 a.m.
Playing live in Manchester, England last night, the recently-reformed The Get Up Kids hinted that a new record may be in the works. Frontman Matt Pryor, asking for requests, was met with a shout for "a new album!" The singer laughed and responded, "I can neither confirm or deny that," ... read more
Posted Aug. 4, 2009, 12:26 a.m.
Just in case you missed it... we have launched an exclusive full-album stream of Swallow Your Teeth, the debut full-length from Richmond-based The Catalyst here. You get ten tracks of noisy hardcore punk that draws influence from Born Against, Nirvana, Black Flag, and The Jesus Lizard. The record is out ... read more
Posted May 22, 2009, 1:07 a.m.
Im going to keep this brief, because Billie Joe Armstrong and company couldnt 21st Century Breakdown is Green Days first record clocking in at ... read more
Posted April 17, 2009, 9:13 p.m.
It's Record Store Day today - celebrate by heading down to your local independent shop and checking out what they have going on. You can find a handy list of participating venues right here: http://www.recordstoreday.com/Venues read more
Posted July 21, 2008, 12:19 a.m.
Oh, Weezer. Here we are, album six for the band who've spent an entire career trying to figure out who they are. Are they The ... read more
Posted May 20, 2008, 10:23 p.m.
It's SPB head honcho Michael's 28th birthday today, so let's all take a moment to wish him the best! If it wasn't for Mikey the site would have disappeared into the wastes of the internet many years ago, so be sure to send him your best wishes on this very ... read more
Posted Jan. 15, 2008, 2:56 a.m.
Tiger Army's former bassist Geoff Kresge has rejoined the psychobilly band after 3 years of absence, marking a return to the 'classic' lineup that featured on the band's second and third albums. Replacement bassist Jeff Roffredo has apparently left 'as a friend' to pursue other interests. Kresge, formerly bassist for ... read more
Posted Jan. 2, 2008, 2:47 a.m.
It almost seemed like this record would never come out. It's been six years since Iron Flag and 14 since 36 Chambers revolutionised hip hop, ... read more
Posted Dec. 28, 2007, 7:36 a.m.
It's been a long time coming, but we at SPB are really excited to bring you a late Christmas present - comments! That's right, you now have the ability to post messages to our news stories, reviews, and features. It's a pretty magical moment for all of us on the ... read more
Posted Dec. 9, 2007, 3:08 p.m.
Part two in the trilogy of concept (small C) albums, Under the Boards sees Saves the Day back on a quick release schedule. This follow ... read more
Posted Dec. 7, 2007, 2:29 a.m.
Hello. Some of you might remember (or have participated in) my experiment over the summer collecting people's wishes on this page. I got over 160 entries and published them all in my print zine, "I'M A PRETENDER" (named after an Exploding Hearts song). This is what issue 2 looks like, ... read more
Posted Oct. 22, 2007, 6:11 p.m.
The Mars Volta have announced a release date for their upcoming fourth full-length, The Bedlam in Goliath. The date is January 29th of 2008 and the band's newest addition, Thomas Pridgen, will be handling drum duties. Chili Peppers virtuoso John Frusciante is also expected to be handling most guitar work. ... read more
Posted Oct. 22, 2007, 6:23 a.m.
In some of the most happily received news of the year, Hot Water Music look set to reunite after a year-long hiatus. Punknews gives us this: Sources close to the band have confirmed that Hot Water Music has reunited. The band is apparently putting together some more plans and a ... read more
Posted Oct. 2, 2007, 9:31 a.m.
A weird one came in from Google today. It seems that the rumour mill churned one out that the widely-loved Fugazi/Minor Threat frontman Ian Mackaye was dead. After various Myspace bulletins and Wikipedia edit wars, the man himself was called to confirm that he was, indeed, alive. “I am still ... read more
Posted Sept. 5, 2007, 2:56 p.m.
God bless Matthew William Kohnle. Kohnle is The Swede. While I'm not sure if the name is a reference to his nationality (or if he ... read more
Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 12:28 a.m.
Chicago's Reptoids, signed to RRRecords, play a female brand of grunge/punk rock. This six-track EP, clocking in at sixteen minutes, shows a fairly wide-ranging sound, ... read more
Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 12:24 a.m.
If I told you that Skyscraper Frontier was another band out of L.A. playing an 'eclectic' mixture of songs, you'd probably get that glazed look ... read more
Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 12:20 a.m.
South Carolina trio The Last Car in Alaska play a sort of melodic emo-core that must be pretty popular with the Warped Tour audience they've ... read more
Posted Aug. 29, 2007, 11:11 p.m.
Opening up with an old-time accordion intro, you could be forgiven for expecting Ultra Dolphins to play Iron & Wine-esque 'American gothic' folk rock. However, ... read more
Posted Aug. 23, 2007, 8:20 p.m.
Continuing on from 2005's Menos El Oso, Minus the Bear's Planet of Ice breaks away from the band's previous shtick of long song names and ... read more
Posted Aug. 17, 2007, 1:12 a.m.
New Jersey's Saves The Day have posted a new track on their Myspace page. The track is called "Can't Stay The Same" and is taken from their upcoming Vagrant Records release Under The Boards., due out 16th October. The record will be part of a three album arc that began ... read more
Posted Aug. 12, 2007, 8:11 p.m.
Last night at his McCarren Park, Brooklyn show, Ted Leo announced that it would be the last time Dave (Lerner, bass) would be playing with the band. There's no official word on this yet so stay tuned for confirmation. Dave has been a member of The Pharmacists since 2002. No ... read more
Posted July 23, 2007, 11:47 p.m.
Just a quick note to inform you of a few minor changes to the site's code: added Site History link at the bottom of all pages added "Other" link to Reviews A-Z area, for bands with numbers/symbols in their names added links on staff profiles so their multiple author reviews ... read more
Posted July 8, 2007, 5:52 p.m.
A Brief History is Rocky Votolato's second full-length, originally released in 2000 after his hard-to-find self-titled debut in 1999. At twenty minutes long, it's really ... read more
Posted July 8, 2007, 4:57 p.m.
It's the great pleasure of the SPB staff to present the brand new look for your favorite webzine. It's been some time coming, but hopefully it was worth the wait. We've been really excited about bringing it to you and hopefully you'll be equally so when it comes to exploring ... read more
Posted July 7, 2007, 11:02 p.m.
You have no idea how wonderful it is to be finally typing these words. Not that my work is done: a SPB staffer's work is never done! But seriously: typing the blog out means that the big tasks are done, at least until someone discovers another critical bug hours before ... read more
Posted June 8, 2007, 3:29 a.m.
Eric Ozenne, formerly of The Nerve Agents and Redemption 87 (with A.F.I.'s Jade Puget) has formally announced the name of his new group. The band is called Said Radio and also features Gary Gutfeld of Redemption 87, Ryan Mattos and Anthony Anzaldo of Ceremony, and Dante Sigona of The Nerve ... read more
Posted May 22, 2007, 8:22 p.m.
Like their peers Limp Bizkit, Korn and Slipknot, Linkin Park occupies the mysterious musical category of "Oh, they're still around?" In 2007, with the nu-metal ... read more
Posted May 11, 2007, 9:40 p.m.
In line with recently posting our 1000th review, SPB has just posted its 100th interview! The lucky artist was Maria Taylor, half of Azure Ray, and you can check out the interview here, not forgetting to look at our other interviews as well. read more
Posted March 19, 2007, 3:09 p.m.
Like a well-deserved punch to the face, a breath of fresh air in a smog-ridden city, or indeed, a good musician amongst a plethora of ... read more
Posted March 13, 2007, 4:52 a.m.
Blaqk Audio, the confusingly-spelled sideproject of AFI members Davey Havok (vocals) and Jade Puget (guitar) has posted a song on their Myspace profile. The group is an electronic / industrial combo, described by the band as "2 boys in love with synthesizers and software." To hear "Bitter For Sweet", check ... read more
Posted March 1, 2007, 7:59 a.m.
The sadly-defunct Dismemberment Plan have announced they'll be playing a benefit show for Callum Robbins, son of producer J. Robbins. The band said: As many of you know, our good friends J. Robbins and Janet Morgan had a son last year who was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). When ... read more
Posted Feb. 15, 2007, 5:11 a.m.
A press release for Chris Cornell's new solo record, Carry On, has stated that: "Additionally Cornell is permanently departing super-group Audioslave stating, âDue to irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences, I am permanently leaving the band Audioslave. I wish the other three members nothing but the best in ... read more
Posted Jan. 29, 2007, 1:24 a.m.
By now you've already heard about Rage Against The Machine's upcoming reunion show, but have you heard about Led Zeppelin's or The Police's? The Led Zeppelin reunion is still in its early stages but plans seem to suggest that deceased drummer John Bonham will be replaced with his son, Jason. ... read more
Posted Jan. 29, 2007, 12:42 a.m.
Pretty Girls Make Graves have made this announcement today on their official site: We are sorry to announce that our upcoming tour in May will be our last. Nick [Dewitt, drummer] quit the band and the rest of us feel like it wouldn't be right to continue on without him. ... read more
Posted Dec. 31, 2006, 8:24 p.m.
Scene Point Blank would just like to acknowledge the new year and promise readers that there are a ton of awesome features both short and long term, all coming up in 2007. The first of these is our infamous Year End feature, including our top records of 2006, so watch ... read more
Posted Dec. 30, 2006, 8:05 a.m.
Britpop heroes Blur, best known for their 90s anthems "Parklife", "Song 2" and "Country House", are set to reform after years apart. The band split when guitarist Graham Coxon departed after drunken antics created intra-band tension. According to a source at TheSun.co.uk: "As soon as Damon has finished his tour ... read more
Posted Dec. 21, 2006, 5:50 a.m.
Further to our earlier story, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists have posted the artwork for their upcoming debut for Touch And Go Records, "Living With The Living". You can check out the full-size artwork courtesy of our friends at TimorousMe.org. read more
Posted Dec. 5, 2006, 4:47 a.m.
The illustrious Ted Leo has just announced the title of his new album, due to be released on Touch and Go Records after Ted recently left his longtime home on Lookout! Records. The new album will be titled Living with the Living and is due for release in March 2007. ... read more
Posted Oct. 26, 2006, 1:41 a.m.
Joining a long list of bands recently putting their whole records up for streaming in an attempt to fight pirated bootlegs, Converge have done the good thing and uploaded their forthcoming Epitaph record No Heroes on their Myspace. The record was released on the 24th; if you're still not sure ... read more
Posted Oct. 26, 2006, 1:37 a.m.
Deftones' new record, Saturday Night Wrist, is now available for streaming at their Myspace page. Guesting on the record is Annie Hardy from Giant Drag on the song "Pink Cell Phone" and Serj Tankian from System of A Down on "Mein". It's due for release next Tuesday, so check out ... read more
Posted Oct. 26, 2006, 1:34 a.m.
Seminar rockers The Pixies have recently stated their intentions to record a new album, despite previous claims that they only reformed to tour. Frontman Frank Black had this to say: We're rehearsing in January, if we can persuade Kim (Deal, bassist) to come out of her house. We offered to ... read more
Posted Oct. 2, 2006, 3:26 p.m.
I was relieved to find out that Black SS stands for Black Sheep Squadron, and not some Nazi organization, upon receiving this record. The cover ... read more
Posted Sept. 18, 2006, 1:54 p.m.
Lostprophets: a rock critic's dream? If it's not the glossy pop production and so-hook-laden-you-could-fish-with-them songs, we can go the other way and ridicule their male ... read more
Posted Sept. 11, 2006, 8:56 p.m.
By now, you probably know exactly what to expect with a Strike Anywhere record, and I mean that in the best possible sense. Unlike Pennywise, ... read more
Posted Sept. 10, 2006, 1:54 p.m.
When it comes to folk music, I'm pretty clueless. Wikipedia tells me there's neo-folk, folk punk, jazz folk, folk metal, pagan folk, folk noir, psych ... read more
Posted Sept. 3, 2006, 5:08 p.m.
If the name didn't clue you in, Heideroosjes ("the Meadow Flowers") are one of those oft-mentioned European punk bands; they're the kind who sell thousands ... read more
Posted Aug. 22, 2006, 5:07 a.m.
Fat Wreck Chords act Strike Anywhere's new release Dead FM is out soon (September 5th, mark your calendars) and to celebrate, Fat Wreck Chords has posted an mp3 from the new record. The track is called "Instinct" and you can download it here. In other related news, the band have ... read more
Posted Aug. 1, 2006, 1 a.m.
Mars Volta sticksman Jon Theodore is no longer a member of the afro-wielding rockers, according to fansite TheComatorium.com. From the band's new biography: The Mars Volta cast that performed Amputechture will be modified for live dates that begin imminently, with drummer Jon Theodore replaced by Blake Fleming, formerly of Laddio ... read more
Posted June 23, 2006, 2:54 a.m.
For those of you using our current news feed (read up about it here), we've added a second feed for our 15 latest reviews. You can add the feed using this address and if you're unsure how to do this, you can refer to the link above which features some ... read more
Posted June 6, 2006, 8:57 a.m.
There are certain phrases that seem to be ever-present in AFI reviews across the music journalism world, suggesting either a lack of originality on the ... read more
Posted May 28, 2006, 11:42 p.m.
So Tom DeLonge finally got his way. Apparently sick of the scatological humor of Blink 182 and ill-received attempts at maturity, the band broke up ... read more
Posted May 14, 2006, 10:53 p.m.
Like some ever-present albatross around the neck of the rock scene, the Red Hot Chili Peppers continue to linger, 23 years after their LA inception; ... read more
Posted April 30, 2006, 2:58 a.m.
Our friends over at Punknews.org have just launched a brand new redesign of their whole site, with some nice new features such as morphing the whole site back to a specific day to catch up. Congratulations guys, looks good. read more
Posted April 20, 2006, 7:13 a.m.
So here we are, NOFX's 10th studio album, 3 years on from 2003's War On Errorism. Bush got re-elected, so anyone not expecting more political-themed ... read more
Posted April 9, 2006, 8:59 p.m.
Recorded between shows on The Mars Volta's recent European tour, Omar Rodriguez' second solo outing is a different beast from his previous release on his ... read more
Posted April 2, 2006, 3:52 p.m.
Seattle artist Rocky Votolato has been a busy man of late. His debut record for Barsuk, Makers, has already seen an episode of cult teen ... read more
Posted March 28, 2006, 8:48 p.m.
AFI have released some information regarding their upcoming release. Frontman Davey Havok has announced that the record , titled Decemberunderground will be released on the hilariously Satanic date of 06/06/06. Reports that the album will consist solely of a satanic chant for the duration of the record are thought to ... read more
Posted Feb. 25, 2006, 5:46 a.m.
Hopefully you'll notice through general usage, but SPB has been given a bit of a bugfix session since our big upgrade last year. Here's a rundown of the changes: Pages now have TITLES! New '2006 Reviews' page Nicer looking review pages "200 Words Or Less" reviews integrated into main review ... read more
Posted Feb. 7, 2006, 1:08 a.m.
Burning Heart have announced that the long-awaited Refused DVD "REFUSED ARE FUCKING DEAD" is finally up for release. Here's what the label site had to say: " Refused guitarist Kristofer Steen retraces the steps of how punk rock's brave new sound forged it's way through the swamps and swill on ... read more
Posted Jan. 30, 2006, 5:13 a.m.
Morrissey is embarking on a major UK tour with the esteemed support of UK act Sons and Daughters, and US psychobilly rockers Tiger Army, of all tour buddies, in support of his upcoming release, Ringleader Of The Tormentors. Click below for the dates. read more
Posted Jan. 19, 2006, 9:03 a.m.
In the greatest musical news of 2006 thus far, "punk-hop" pioneers The Transplants have called it a day. Former AFI roadie "Skinhead Rob" is reputedly forming a new band with drummer Travis Barker, a man with his finger in more musical pies than possibly even Mike Patton. The new band, ... read more
Posted Jan. 17, 2006, 4:18 a.m.
This one's for the benefit of our RSS-using readers (I hope some of you exist, let me know), because anyone who's reading this on the site itself needs their eyes testing if they didn't see the STUPIDLY BIG BANNER ABOVE ADVERTISING THE FEATURE. Yeah, we've posted our top 30 and ... read more
Posted Jan. 6, 2006, 11:08 p.m.
You asked for it, so we added it! That's right, SPB has jumped (slightly late, admittedly) on the RSS bandwagon. "But what is RSS?" our uncultured readers cry. For the answer, we must consult Wikipedia: RSS is widely used by the weblog community to share the latest entries' headlines or ... read more
Posted Dec. 30, 2005, 3:04 a.m.
Jade Tree act Pedro The Lion have called it quits. Multi-instrumentalist Tim Walsh posted this message: "I was finding it hard to support my family with the sporadic income that being a professional musician on this level provided. the amount of travel required(100+ days a year) was difficult for me ... read more
Posted Dec. 19, 2005, 8:35 a.m.
Equal Vision have made a statement on behalf of Bear Vs Shark to confirm their split: After nearly five years of playing music together, Bear Vs Shark have decided to conclude their story and will no longer be playing music together. The breakup comes only six months after the release ... read more
Posted Dec. 7, 2005, 10:15 p.m.
Despite a ton of legal issues and bizarre stories about relocating to Las Vegas, legendary club CBGBs has renewed its lease with the Bowery Residents Committee, who had served it eviction papers this September. The club's new lease will last until Halloween 2006. Mayor Michael Bloomberg had this to say: ... read more
Posted Dec. 7, 2005, 11:33 a.m.
Word on TMV fansite the Comatorium is that The Mars Volta have already started work on new projects. Forum member 'Captain Beefheart' posted: They've already began recording the 3rd record. The drumming is meant to be so so sick... in a literal sense. Jon can't even sustain the stamina during ... read more
Posted Nov. 27, 2005, 6:51 p.m.
You asked, and you have received.. Yep, it's official! We're back and better than ever! I hope you're excited, because I know we all are. This redesign has been in the works for several long months now, and personally, it feels great to be able to take it live today ... read more
Posted July 12, 2005, 1 a.m.
Congratulations are in order as your favorite webzine SCENE POINT BLANK posts it's 500th review. We're finally midway to 1000, coolest of all the numbers. You can read the 500th review here. read more
Posted June 28, 2005, 7:49 a.m.
Fearlessly naming their new record Death for Life is an instant indication that Death By Stereo aren't about to back down despite the lawsuits and ... read more
Posted June 24, 2005, 1:22 a.m.
In one of the most bizarre stories so far this year, it seems multinational clothing/sweatshop company Nike have released a new skate wear line called 'Major Threat'. You think that resembles Minor Threat? Yeah, so does the artwork. Dischord commented to Pitchfork, saying: "Nike is a giant corporation which is ... read more
Posted June 21, 2005, 1:28 a.m.
In full-page advertisements in Chicago newspapers, singer Billy Corgan said, "I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams." He did not say which if any of the band's former members would be involved in the revived group, which broke through with albums such as Gish and Siamese ... read more
Posted June 10, 2005, 4:58 a.m.
In a move that will doubtless have no effect on their adoring fanbase, Taking Back Sunday have officially announced their signing to Warner Bros Records, after recording 2 albums for Victory. The move comes as little to no surprise to anybody. read more
Posted May 4, 2005, 7:38 a.m.
Psychobilly fan? The place to be on Saturday 28th May is The Glass House Theatre, for the American Nightmare 3 Festival. It's a big festival put on in conjunction with Hairball8/Psychobilly*US that features two stages with alternating set times and a lineup that includes bands from America, Holland and Japan. ... read more
Posted March 14, 2005, 8:37 a.m.
Here at Scene Point Blank we don't always get a chance to review everything we'd like to, what with the constraints of the lifestyle a SPB writer enjoys. SPB writer Michael put together a new feature of reviews that are, well, 200 words or less. Check out the list of ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2005, 11:59 a.m.
Have you seen the Frances The Mute cover art yet? Cast your eyes to the right, it's on display there. Two guys, both blindfolded, and ... read more
Posted Jan. 28, 2005, 2:34 a.m.
In case you haven't been checking it every few minutes (and why weren't you?!), the infamous SPB forum is back up and running, complete with all the posts from before. Yeah, that's right, the 71 page 'recent purchases' thread is back for good now. If you were one of the ... read more
Posted Jan. 13, 2005, 6:43 a.m.
GSL has posted the full lyrics/story booklet behind 2003's epic De-loused In The Comatorium by prog/salsa/afro-rockers The Mars Volta. The book is a 13 page epic that intermingles (okay, I got a dictionary for christmas) lyrics with a bizarre story detailing the life of their fictional character Cerpin Taxt, who ... read more
Posted Jan. 7, 2005, 7:40 a.m.
An E-card featuring "The Widow," the first single from The Mars Volta sophomore effort, Frances the Mute. has been posted online. The album is slated for a March 1st release date. You can view it here. read more
Posted Dec. 27, 2004, 2:47 a.m.
It's been a turbulent week for your favourite webzine. Monday 20th December, a crazy internet worm (read: virus, for the simple-minded) took SPB off the air. It got in through a sneaky security hole in phpBB, our forum software. From there, it then replaced the content of every single page ... read more
Posted Dec. 2, 2004, 9:53 p.m.
In an update by TMV fansite Inertiatic.com, news about the Mars Volta's upcoming release has been confirmed. All musicians are the same as the last release, with the addition of Larry Harlow, who is listed as playing piano. Artwork will be handled by Storm Thorgerson, the mastermind behind the last ... read more
Posted Sept. 21, 2004, 4 p.m.
Like too many of their musical peers, Green Day, the longtime bay area punk/pop heroes, have thrown down their challenge to the American government with ... read more
Posted Sept. 8, 2004, 4 p.m.
Fans of the bespectacled Omar of At The Drive-In/Mars Volta fame will already have an idea of how this record will sound thanks to Rodriguez-Lopez's ... read more
Posted Sept. 1, 2004, 8:45 a.m.
How were the last 3 days for you? Frightening? Life-changing? TERRIFYING? Us too. Unless you're one of the minority who only checks SPB weekly rather than daily, you will have noticed our downtime in the last few days. The reason for this is a DDOS attack on ScenePointBlank. Clearly somebody ... read more
Posted Aug. 24, 2004, 12:49 p.m.
Being too busy caught up in delivering the freshest reviews, news, interviews and everything else you could ever want, SPB in its desire to do everything and please everyone seems to have neglected the Mp3 of the week section. In light of the popularity of devices like the i-pod and ... read more
Posted Aug. 19, 2004, 11:31 a.m.
Posted Aug. 2, 2004, 4:20 a.m.
Management has contacted The Comatorium (Mars Volta fansite) to confirm that The Mars Volta's next album will be titled: Frances The Mute. Their label website (GSL) currently says that the album will be available in November of this year. However, rumors have surfaced that the album release date has been ... read more
Posted Aug. 1, 2004, 2:13 a.m.
In what looks like the third notable story involving bands beating up other bands, "nu-emo" starlets Finch apparantly got into a fight with members of the equally awful Disturbed. Prayers from the hardcore community that both bands finished one another off were sadly unanswered, but Finch had this to say: ... read more
Posted May 11, 2004, 9:49 a.m.
We've gotten around to updating staff profiles for our new team members, so be sure to check out Carver, Heidi, Jeff C, Morgan, Matt K, Nancy, Ryan, Steve and Will. Sean also updated his information. In a bizarre twist of fate, SPB now has 3 Matts and 2 Jeffs. In ... read more
Posted May 4, 2004, 10:34 a.m.
In a bizarre twist of fate, Icelandic (we think?) website taflan.org linked us with a comment in icelandic. After a rigorous translation session, we discovered the following based on their post: "Perhaps infinitesimal too hip *" pay lip service to my tasteless , while copper be allowed own a a ... read more
Posted March 23, 2004, 10:09 a.m.
Modest Mouse are set to release an official live bootleg record taken from two shows recorded on February 15th and 16th at Florida's The Social. Only available at their website, "Baron von Bullshit Rides Again" will be released on April 13th. Pre-ordering from their site is available, and the band ... read more
Posted Feb. 29, 2004, 5:52 a.m.
The Unseen: street punk for the masses. You could probably write this band's back history wihtout even knowing them. Hundreds of EPs, 7"s, and rare ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 9:20 p.m.
Hmm.. I'm sure this band have a large enough fanbase, I really am. I bet there's a ton of kids that love Rise Against (should ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 6:26 p.m.
Beginning with a short riff-based intro, this record then kicks itself straight into life, inspiring this reviewer to do the same. Exit English, the band's ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 5:22 p.m.
A friend had described Ozma to me as being 'like Weezer, but wussier.' I've never been a fan of Weezer, I could never get into ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 8:38 a.m.
This record is by no means bad, but it's also not a great record. As a newcomer to Thrice, I was prepared to give this ... read more
Posted Feb. 13, 2004, 11 a.m.
Jade Tree has announced the line up for their SXSW showcase, headlined by Pedro The Lion. Click below for the line up and related details. sxsw.com read more
Posted Feb. 13, 2004, 10:44 a.m.
Weezer.com has posted news that one of the most unlikely reunions has taken place - Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo recently joined estranged original bassist Matt Sharp during the latter's acoustic performance at Cal State Fullerton. The duo played an old, pre-Weezer song, a new collaboration they had written, and "Say ... read more
Posted Feb. 13, 2004, 12:39 a.m.
Welcome to the new, improved, faster, better, feature-packed and all round rockin' design of your favorite voice in the online music world. It's been a crappy few months for us what with server changes, site downtime, staff quitting before they'd even begun work, and problems restricting this new design until ... read more
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