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Loren's last content update – Jan. 27, 2020, 10:48 p.m.

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Jumpstarted Plowhards - Round One album cover

Jumpstarted Plowhards

Round One, 2019

7.5 / 10

I’m going to jump right into the thick of it and admit I’m not well-versed in Mike Watt’s catalog. In my defense, the man is a workhorse, releasing records with ...

Rivers Edge - The Runaround album cover

Rivers Edge

The Runaround, 2019

7.5 / 10

Runaround is the third release I’ve heard from Rivers Edge, and besides feeling like a nice metaphoric album title for the band’s style – accessible DIY pop punk with a lot ...

Rational Anthem - It’s Only Permanent  album cover

Rational Anthem

It’s Only Permanent , 2019

7.4 / 10

It’s been a long time since the last Rational Anthem record, Emotionally Unavailable in 2014. The band is still similar but what jumps out the most to me with It’s Only Permanent is the ...

The Hussy - Looming album cover

The Hussy

Looming, 2019

8.0 / 10

It’s been fun watching The Hussy grow. All those scuzzy, dirty licks and rough-and-tumble beats of their early work is still present, but on Looming the now-trio lets the once understated melodies ...

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Tim Buchanan

One Question Interviews Tim Buchanan

Posted Jan. 22, 2020, 10:03 p.m.

Tim Buchanan  SPB: What do your parents think of your music? Buchanan: My parents love what we do now. They’ve always been supportive, but I think the more abrasive ...

Radical Fun Time

One Question Interviews Radical Fun Time

Posted Jan. 21, 2020, 6:24 p.m.

Radical Fun Time SPB: What does DIY mean to you in 2020? How has it changed since you started playing music (has it)?  PunX Rock $@M (guitar/vocals): !Radical Fun ...

The Yawpers

One Question Interviews The Yawpers

Posted Jan. 7, 2020, 7:24 p.m.

Nate Cook (The Yawpers) SPB: What’s the worst or harshest thing that’s happened to you in the middle of a tour?  Cook: We were in Bern, Switzerland. I ...

Play Date

One Question Interviews Play Date

Posted Jan. 6, 2020, 7:51 p.m.

Shanti Wintergate (Play Date) SPB: What is the biggest different in how you approach writing a song for children as compared to writing a song for adults? Wintergate: I would ...

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SPB exclusive: Constant Insult - History in Shorthand

Records SPB exclusive: Constant Insult - History in Shorthand

SPB is excited to feature the new full-length player from Constant Insult. Titled History in Shorthand, the 11-song record comes out on Jan. 31, 2020 and is the follow-up to ...

History in Shorthand is the group’s first full-length and is available on LP from Let’s Pretend Records, on CD from State Champion Records, and on cassette from Stupid Bag Records.

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Teenage Bottlerocket + The Eradicator coming to Australia

Tours Teenage Bottlerocket + The Eradicator coming to Australia

Posted Jan. 26, 2020, 10:53 a.m.

Teenage Bottlerocket, from Wyoming USA and on Fat Wreck Chords, will be headed to Australia in May with The Eradicator along for support. They will be joined by Brisbane's ...

TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET – AUSTRALIA TOUR 2020with special guests The Eradicator
May 1st - Crowbar, BrisbaneMay 2nd - Vinnies Dive Bar, SouthportMay 3rd - Hamilton Station Hotel, NewcastleMay 5th - Crowbar, SydneyMay 6th - Transit Bar, CanberraMay 7th - Bendigo Hotel, MelbourneMay 8th - Crown and Anchor, AdelaideMay 9th - FNA Fest, Perth

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New Horseneck next month

Records New Horseneck next month

Posted Jan. 26, 2020, 10:25 a.m.

California-based Horseneck return with a new LP, Fever Dream, on Feb. 21. The band includes current and former members of Will Haven and Chelsea Wolfe and have one previous record ...

Pen15 by Horseneck
Fever Dream Track Listing:
1. Barbra Streisand2. Pen153. Happily Level Lafter4. Porcelain Ass5. Red Curtain6. A Discarded Mess7. Matt Lauer's Secret Button8. Sleeping With Silverfish9. Grease10. Mr. Funny Guy Full Of Bullshit11. Margaritadelphia
Anthony Paganelli - guitar, vocalsLennon Hudson - bass, vocalsLance Jackman - guitar, vocals, keysJess Gowrie - drums, vocals Guests:
Gary U.S. Bonds - vocals Jules Bee (Sea Of Bees) - vocals Steven Ward - celloJason Boggs - tenor saxNolan Cyr - trumpet

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New from Escuela Grind

Records New from Escuela Grind

Posted Jan. 26, 2020, 9:53 a.m.

Escuela Grind, formed in 2016, will release its first full-length on March 20. Titled Indoctrination, the album features 17 songs in total and will be released on vintl and digital ...

Indoctrination by Escuela Grind
Track list for Escuela Grind's Indoctrination
1. Inspirational Significance2. Hyper-Victim3. Private Vice Public Benefit4. Zalongo5. Incel Circle Jerk6. A Ladder of Seven Rounds7. These Leeches8. Indoctrinate (Interlude)9. Your Beneficial Hate10. Lines in Sand11. In a Locked Room12. Farinha13. To Live and Die in Shittsfield14. Million Year Picnic (M.O.S.H.)15. These Insects Lived Like Men16. Indoctrinated (Outro)17. Honorkilling (Bonus Track)

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Dillinger Four 25th anniversary @ First Avenue

Posted Dec. 15, 2019, 12:28 p.m. by Loren

Dillinger Four 25th anniversary show @ First Avenue Dillinger Four, Pegboy, The Brokedowns, Partial Traces First Avenue Minneapolis, MN December 14, 2019 I would never call Dillinger Four a soft-spoken ...

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 ...

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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473 reviews 696 features 5921 news posts 16 blogposts
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