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Brendan Kelly & The Wandering Birds - Keep Walkin’ Pal album cover

Brendan Kelly & The Wandering Birds

Keep Walkin’ Pal, 2018

7.1 / 10

Does the world really need a ska-tinged surf song about waterboarding? How you answer that question will probably answer how you feel about this record as a whole. Not that ...

Bad Sports - Constant Stimulation album cover

Bad Sports

Constant Stimulation, 2018

7.5 / 10

With Bad Sports, the songs are often about the hooks. The band utilizes traditional rock structures with song titles embedded in the chorus and predictable progressions. It’s largely about where ...

Future Girls - Motivation Problems album cover

Future Girls

Motivation Problems, 2018

7.5 / 10

Future Girls’ debut full-length is one I’m going to have a tough time describing. Motivation Problems fits well within the Dirt Cult Records catalog. It’s punky, but there’s more going ...

Reunions - Aching Waits album cover


Aching Waits, 2018

7.5 / 10

You know how once you get an idea in your head, you can’t shake it no matter what else comes up? That’s happened to me in reviewing Aching Waits, an EP ...

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Kælan Mikla

One Question Interviews Kælan Mikla

Posted Dec. 3, 2018, 11:53 a.m.

Solveig Matthildur (Kælan Mikla)SPB: How do fine arts, besides music, influence your approach to making music?Matthildur: Art for me is like taking something from everyday life, a ...


One Question Interviews Avola

Posted Dec. 3, 2018, 11:09 a.m.

Avola SPB: What stood out to you the most the first time you performed as a solo musician? Avola: My first solo performance was in 2009. It was a Sunday ...

Ruby Boots

One Question Interviews Ruby Boots

Posted Dec. 3, 2018, 11:04 a.m.

Ruby Boots SPB: How does a musician’s politics affect your appreciation of them? Does it factor in, or can you separate the two ideas? Ruby: I feel like using ...


One Question Interviews Dezorah

Posted Dec. 3, 2018, 11:02 a.m.

Eric Martinez (Dezorah) SPB: What kind of guitar do you use (and why did you make this choice)?  Eric: I play a Mexican made Fender Duo Sonic (Surf Green). I ...

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SPB exclusive: Words a Game

Records SPB exclusive: Words a Game

Out today, Scene Point Blank has teamed up with Coin Toss Records to share a reissue of Words A Game, originally released on CD in 1995, and now on LP ...


The early ‘90s young musicians following in the footsteps of the first wave of hardcore-punks sought to infuse their live performances with the same raw unrestrained energy of punk’s pioneering bands. Many talented and innovative bands came and went during the period, producing cassette demos before the availability of cheap recordable compact discs, pressing vinyl for their own pop-up labels, and starting home and basement recording studios before the emergence of readily available digital recording programs. Words a Game was one of those bands. Following the recording of a three-song demo cassette in late 1993, a small New York City label, Ides of March, offered the band the opportunity to record a full-length album and release it on compact disc a year later. Soon after recording its first album Words a Game broke up, a familiar story for teenagers in bands.
The second release of Words a Game in 23 years required cleaning up digital files, mastering the recording for vinyl, and reclaiming the album’s original artwork and lyrics. In 1995, the Words a Game disc came wrapped in a brown cardboard sleeve with a black and white booklet printed on gray card stock. Inside a short description of the band’s break-up told listeners Words a Game, “left record of their moment and moved on.” It remains the final word.

Words A Game is available for purchase from Coin Toss.

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Baroness + Deafheaven co-headlining across North America

Tours Baroness + Deafheaven co-headlining across North America

Posted Dec. 15, 2018, 11:01 a.m.

This spring, Baroness and Deafheaven will hit the road together, starting on March 8 in Houston, TX, and cross the US and Canada in a joint headlining tour, joined alby ...

Tour dates (all dates are co-headlines with Deafheaven; Zeal & Ardor open):
March 8 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
March 9 Austin, TX Emo’s
March 10 Dallas, TX Canton Hall
March 12 Phoenix, AZ The Van Buren
March 13 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
March 14 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
March 16 Berkeley, CA The UC Theatre
March 18 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
March 19 Seattle, WA The Showbox
March 20 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre
March 22 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
March 23 Calgary, AB The Palace Theatre
March 24 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
March 26 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
March 27 Denver, CO The Ogden Theater
March 29 Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theatre
March 30 Madison, WI The Sylvee
March 31 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
April 2 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
April 3 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
April 5 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
April 6 Worcester, MA The Palladium
April 7 Albany, NY Upstate Concert Hall
April 9 Cleveland, OH Agora Theater
April 10 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
April 12 New York, NY Terminal 5 

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The Vandoliers plan new record in February

Records The Vandoliers plan new record in February

Posted Dec. 15, 2018, 10:31 a.m.

Dallas-Forth Worgh group the Vandoliers will release a new album titled Forever on Feb. 22, 2019. The album is their third in total and first for Bloodshot Records. Since forming ...

12/15 – Tulsa, OK – Mercury Lounge2/23 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre (ALBUM RELEASE SHOW)
Forever track listing:Miles and MilesTroublemakerAll on BlackFallen AgainSixteen YearsShoshone RoseBottom Dollar BoyCigarettes in the RainNowhere FastTumbleweed

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MP3s Mad Caddies Christmas song

Posted Dec. 15, 2018, 9:30 a.m.

Mad Caddies have released a digital sincle, I'm Going Surfing for Xmas," shared below. Their Fat Wreck Chords labelmates Me First and the Gimmes Gimmes recently released Christmas music ...

Date Location Club Details Tickets01/31/19 Vancouver, BC Canada Imperial02/01/19 Calgary, AB Canada Dicken's 02/02/19 Edmonton, AB Canada Starlite02/03/19 Calgary, AB Canada Dicken's 02/22/19 Paris, France Gibus Live02/23/19 Edegem, Belgium Hangar 2702/24/19 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg02/26/19 Cologne, Germany Live Music Hall02/27/19 Hannover, Germany Kuturzentrum Faust02/28/19 Hamburg, Germany Markthalle03/01/19 Berlin, Germany SO3603/02/19 Schweinfurt, Germany Stattbahnof03/03/19 Freiburg, Germany Jazzhaus03/05/19 Lindau, Germany Club Vaudeville03/06/19 Langenthal, Switzerland Old Capitol03/07/19 Obertraubling, Germany Eventhall Airport03/08/19 Ljubljana, Slovenia Cvetlicarna03/09/19 Trieste, Italy Teatro Miela03/10/19 Vienna, Austria Arena05/14/19 Madrid, Spain WiZink Center Punk In Drublic05/17/19 Barcelona, Spain Poble Espanyol Punk In Drublic05/18/19 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain Iradier Arena Punk In Drublic05/25/19 Leeds, UK Temple Newsam Estate Slam Dunk Festival 2019: NORTH05/26/19 Hatfiled, UK Hatfield Park Slam Dunk Festival 2019: SOUTH

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The Hold Steady @ SurlyFest

Posted Oct. 18, 2018, 9:45 p.m. by Loren

SurlyFest 2018 The Hold Steady, Bad Bad Hats, Mixed Blood Majority, Static Panic, Rachel Kurtz, DJ Shannon Blowtorch Festival Field (Surly Brewing Company) Minneapolis, MN October 13, 2018   SurlyFest ...

Surly Darkness Day 2018 (Saturday)

Posted Oct. 9, 2018, 9:12 p.m. by Loren

Angerot, God Came From Space, Off With Their Heads, Khemmis, Murder City Devils, Carcass Somerset Amphitheater Somerset, WI September 29, 2018   Photo gallery below

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 ...

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

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