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Loren's last content update – Jan. 22, 2017, 11 a.m.

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Bad Sports - Living with Secrets album cover

Bad Sports

Living with Secrets, 2016

7.8 / 10

Bad Sports are coming into their own. They’ve always been a solid Denton, TX hyphen-rock band but on their new EP, Dirtnap’s Living With Secrets, the nuances are starting to ...

NOFX - First Ditch Effort album cover


First Ditch Effort, 2016

6.8 / 10

It’s probably been a decade (maybe two) since anyone reviewed a NOFX record without starting out by talking about “knowing what to expect.” The band has their sound down pat ...

Mark Sultan - BBQ album cover

Mark Sultan

BBQ, 2016

7.5 / 10

Mark Sultan has long gone by two stage names: his own, and BBQ (of King Khan & The BBQ Show). Most solo work has been truly solo: just Sultan, his ...

Hannahband - Quitting Will Improve Your Health album cover


Quitting Will Improve Your Health, 2016

8.0 / 10

If you asked me how I feel about two-piece bands, I’d say I’m not really a fan. But there’s some disconnect as I find myself listening to quite a few ...

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Adam Gnade & the Hot Earth All-Stars

One Question Interviews Adam Gnade & the Hot Earth All-Stars

Posted Jan. 11, 2017, 10:03 p.m.

Adam Gnade & the Hot Earth All-Stars SPB: Do you approach writing lyrics differently than you approach fiction? Gnade: With fiction I have this big well of a story I draw ...


One Question Interviews Flagpolers

Posted Jan. 10, 2017, 9:28 p.m.

Flagpolers SPB:What is a flagpoler? A Flagpoler is a nickname/kind of slur to that border guards give to people renewing their immigration status in Canada. At the point ...

Black Table

One Question Interviews Black Table

Posted Jan. 9, 2017, 6:47 p.m.

Ryan Fleming (Black Table)  SPB: What is the most tiresome stereotype about black metal? Fleming: We don't consider ourselves Black Metal, but I'll speak about how I view ...

Die Young

One Question Interviews Die Young

Posted Jan. 3, 2017, 8:20 a.m.

Daniel Albaugh (Die Young) SPB: What is the longest (in terms of time) tour you’ve been on? Would you be out for that long again? Albaugh: In Die Young ...

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SPB exclusive: Clevinger's Personal / Professional

Records SPB exclusive: Clevinger's Personal / Professional

Scene Point Blank is happy to kick off 2017 with an exclusive stream of the new Clevinger full-length, Personal / Professional. The album is set to release on March 10 via ...


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Black Sabbath: The Ultimate Collection

Records Black Sabbath: The Ultimate Collection

Posted Jan. 22, 2017, 11 a.m.

Rhino Records is giving attention to metal gatekeepers Black Sabbath with the new 4-LP collection The Ultimate Collection, out on Feb. 3. The 31-song collection was remastered by engineer Andy ...

CD Disc One:CD Disc Two:1.  Paranoid2.  Never Say Die3.  Iron Man4.  Black Sabbath5.  Children Of The Grave6.  Fairies Wear Boots7.  Changes8.  Rat Salad9.  Sweet Leaf10. War Pigs11. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath12. Hole In The Sky 13. Symptom Of The Universe                      14. Spiral Architect15. Rock 'N' Roll Doctor
1.  Dirty Women                   2.  Evil Woman, Don't Play Your Games With Me3.  A Hard Road4.  Lord Of This World5.  Into The Void6.  Behind The Wall Of Sleep7.  Snowblind8.  Tomorrow's Dream9.  The Wizard10. N.I.B. 11. Electric Funeral12. Embryo13. Killing Yourself To Live14. Am I Going Insane15. Wicked World16. It's Alright

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Upcoming from Woe

Records Upcoming from Woe

Posted Jan. 21, 2017, 9:31 p.m.

This March Woe will release a new album, Hope Attrition, coming out on Vendetta Records. The album is the bands first in four years and is described as "a dark ...

Hope Attrition Track Listing:
1. Unending Call Of Woe          
2. No Blood Has Honor 
3. A Distant Epitaph     
4. The Din Of The Mourning      
5. The Ones We Lost   
6. Drown Us With Greatness     
7. Abject In Defeat
WOE w/ Ultha:
4/14/2017 Hamburg Is Droneburg Festival @ Hafenklang - Hamburg, DE 
4/15/2017 Vendetta Fest @ Tiefgrund - Berlin, DE 
4/16/2017 Conspiracy Of The Damned Festival @ Baroeg - Rotterdam, NL 
4/17/2017 Nexus - Braunschweig, DE
4/18/2017 Club Famu - Prag, CZ 
4/19/2017 TBA
4/20/2017 Doom Over Leipzig Festival @ UT Connewitz - Leipzig, DE
4/21/2017 Dudefest Festival @ Jubez - Karlsruhe, DE 
4/22/2017 Roadburn Festival @ O13 - Tilburg, NL

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Cvlt Nation covers Black Sabbath self-titled

MP3s Cvlt Nation covers Black Sabbath self-titled

Posted Jan. 21, 2017, 8:54 p.m.

In a continuation of The CVLT Nation Sessions, the website is now streaming a covers compilation of Black Sabbath's debut record. Covers of the record's eight songs are ...

BLACK SABBATH's Black Sabbath: The CVLT Nation Sessions Track Listing: 1. Beastmaker - Black Sabbath2. CHRCH - The Wizard3. Jupiterian - Behind The Wall Of Sleep4. Mindkult - N.I.B.5. Witchthroat Serpent - Evil Woman6. Frown - Sleeping Village7. Trapped Within Burning Machinery - Warning8. Space Bong - Wicked World

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Descendents @ First Avenue

Posted Sept. 21, 2016, 9:21 p.m. by Loren

Descendents, Modern Life Is War, Color TV First Avenue Minneapolis, MN September 15, 2016 The only people luckier than those who get to see the Descendents are those who get ...

Fat Wrecked 25 @ The Myth

Posted Sept. 2, 2015, 9:32 p.m. by Loren

NOFX, Lagwagon, Dillinger Four, Strung Out, Swingin' Utters, The Flatliners, Masked Intruder, toyGuitar, Bad Cop/Bad Cop The Myth Maplewood, MN August 28, 2015     No review, see photo gallery ...

Radioactivity @ Triple Rock

Posted July 29, 2015, 8:55 p.m. by Loren

Radioactivity, Birthday Suits, Butcher’s Union Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN July 22, 2015   It’s nice to live in a city where some great out of town bands have ...

Ex Hex, Tweens @ Triple Rock

Posted July 24, 2015, 3:29 p.m. by Loren

Ex Hex, Tweens, Pink Mink Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN July 20, 2015 I go to a lot of shows. Sometimes it’s nice to be surprised, and that’s what ...

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I started writing for the site in early 2008. I also work for a publishing company and do freelance writing on the side. I occasionally use the twitter here:

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