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Loren's last content update – June 21, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

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Pinned In Place - Rubbernecking at the Gates of Hell album cover

Pinned In Place

Rubbernecking at the Gates of Hell, 2018

8.3 / 10

I’ve been debating how to describe this one for a while. Pinned in Place aren’t exactly happy campers, but compared to most of what I’ve been reviewing lately their music ...

DeeCracks - Sonic Delusions album cover


Sonic Delusions, 2018

7.5 / 10

DeeCracks don’t reinvent anything, but they don’t regurgitate it either. There’s a lot of Ramones behind the experienced Austrian band, but they utilize familiar techniques like harmonies, solos, and even a surf ...

The Lawrence Arms - We Are the Champions of the World (A Retrospectus) album cover

The Lawrence Arms

We Are the Champions of the World (A Retrospectus), 2018

7.1 / 10

The excitement of We Are the Champions of the Word (Retrospectus) is supposed to be the five new songs at the end of the 29-song collection. It probably is, but given how ...

Raging Nathans - Cheap Fame album cover

Raging Nathans

Cheap Fame, 2018

8.0 / 10

This what pop-punk used to mean. On the record it’s clean and melodic, while the live show feels more aggressive and forceful. Think of those Ramones studio records and compare ...

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Guerilla Poubelle

One Question Interviews Guerilla Poubelle

Posted June 10, 2018, 2:42 a.m.

Till Lemoine (Guerilla Poubelle-vocals/guitar) SPB: What is the furthest you’ve ever traveled to see a show (and who/where was it)?Till: I guess the furthest I traveled ...

Professor and the Madman

One Question Interviews Professor and the Madman

Posted June 10, 2018, 2:38 a.m.

Sean Elliott (Professor and the Madman-co-vocalist) SPB: When did you first "discover" punk rock? Sean: I first heard the term 'punk rock' in elementary school. All the kids in my ...

The Shell Corporation

One Question Interviews The Shell Corporation

Posted June 6, 2018, 8:25 a.m.

Curtiss (The Shell Corporation) SPB: What is your favorite documentary or music-related film? Curtiss: Ok, so total disclosure, I’ve never actually seen my favorite music documentary. Which happens to ...

American Standards

One Question Interviews American Standards

Posted June 6, 2018, 8:23 a.m.

Brandon Kellum (American Standards) SPB: Have you ever forgotten lyrics midsong? How did you recover? Brandon: There’s always the fear that I’ll forget a part before going on ...

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SPB exclusive: Batboy/Sarchasm split EP

Records SPB exclusive: Batboy/Sarchasm split EP

Scene Point Blank is excited to feature a stream of the new split EP from Bat Boy and Sarchasm, out this Friday (June 8) on Asian Man Records. The new ...




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Fight Amp and Legendary Divorce members form Low Dose

Bands Fight Amp and Legendary Divorce members form Low Dose

Posted June 21, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

New Philadelphia band Low Dose has released the song "For Sure," rising from the ashes of Fight Amp. The band consists of all three Fight Amp members along with Itarya ...

Jon Spencer solo album coming this fall

Records Jon Spencer solo album coming this fall

Posted June 17, 2018, 2:02 p.m.

The one and only Jon Spencer will release a solo album this fall, the prominent rocker's first under his own moniker. To be titled Spencer Sings the Hits!, the ...

Tour Dates:07/29 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue* 07/30 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon* 07/31 - Chicago, IL - Park West* 08/01 - Goshen, IN - Ignition Music Garage 08/02 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme* 08/03 - Detroit, MI - El Club* 08/04 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups 08/05 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue Theatre*08/06 - Rock Island, IL - Rock Island Brewing Co* 08/07 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House 08/08 - Champaign, IL - Memphis on Main 08/09 - Louisville, KY – Zanzabar 08/10 - Cincinnati, OH - The Woodward Theater 08/11 - Toledo, OH - Ottawa Tavern 
*with Melvins

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Videos New Needs

Posted June 17, 2018, 1:32 p.m.

Vancouver's Needs have a new song out now and a new album soon to come. The band premiered "Everybody Makes Me Steaks" in video format earlier this week, here ...

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Triple Rock - Last Show Ever

Posted Nov. 22, 2017, 7:28 p.m. by Loren

Dillinger Four, Negative Approach, Kitten Forever, Victory, The Slow Death Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN November 22, 2017 I usually try to keep show reviews to the point: Here’s ...

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 ...

Loren's bio

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:

Loren's favorite bands

Dillinger Four, Arrivals, Brokedowns, Tim Version, Weakerthans, Broadways, The Blind Shake, Tiltwheel, Fugazi

Loren's SPB contributions

417 reviews 604 features 5082 news posts 13 blogposts
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