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Loren's last content update – June 19, 2019, 8:09 a.m.

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Batshit Crazy

Batshit Crazy, 2019

7.3 / 10

I didn’t even realize how much I’ve stigmatized horrorcore until Batshit Crazy showed up in my mailbox and made me question my way of thinking. The band embraces the term ...

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Dead Bars

Regulars, 2019

8.8 / 10

Dead Bars are one of those bands that’s somehow both fun and super depressing. The lyricism is what you’ll normally read about with this band – and for good reason ...

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In Condemnation, 2019

8.9 / 10

Pandemix are new to me, and they’re difficult to sum up in just a few words. That’s a complement. It’s punk by genre, but a few subgenre adjectives aren’t going ...

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Big Eyes

Streets Of The Lost, 2019

8.0 / 10

In the past I’ve described Big Eyes as half-punk, half-classic rock in a Cheap Trick vein. It’s concise and punchy like punk, but the energy relies on more traditional rock hooks. It’s ...

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Repeater Records

One Question Interviews Repeater Records

Posted June 10, 2019, 9:57 p.m.

Seth Babb and Chris Berry (Repeater Records) SPB: What stood out to you most in the reissue process as you revisited Gospel’s The Moon Is a Dead World?   Repeater ...

Learning Curve Records

One Question Interviews Learning Curve Records

Posted June 9, 2019, 8:56 p.m.

Rainer Fronz (Learning Curve Records) SPB: Besides music, what other arts interest you? Fronz: Besides releasing records with Leaning Curve Records and searching the internet/basement shows for new dirgey ...

Guerrilla Ghosts

One Question Interviews Guerrilla Ghosts

Posted May 31, 2019, 7:43 p.m.

Martin Defatte (Guerilla Ghosts) SPB: Who is your favorite artist to see live? Defatte: My favorite artist to see live these days would have to be Carnage the Executioner. Living ...

Bullet Treatment

One Question Interviews Bullet Treatment

Posted May 28, 2019, 8:31 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Chuck (Bullet Treatment – guitar) SPB: What kind of guitar do you use, and how/why did you choose this one?   Chuck: My main guitar is a Gibson Epiphone Les Paul ...

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SPB exclusive: Cyberplasm - The Psychic Hologram

Records SPB exclusive: Cyberplasm - The Psychic Hologram

Coming on June 21, Cyberplasm will release a new LP to the world titled The Psychic Hologram. The band pulls from a diverse influence, mixing noise punk guitars, atmospheric drum ...


Photos by Oscar Aranda (live in San Diego)

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SPB premiere: "Maelstrom" by Colored Moth

MP3s SPB premiere: "Maelstrom" by Colored Moth

Posted June 19, 2019, 8:09 a.m.

SPB is pleased to team up with Wolves and Vibrancy Records to share “Maelstrom” from the upcoming new record by Colored Moth, DIM. The Berlin-based band will release DIM on ...

Pre-orders will be available next month.

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Neurosis & Jarboe: remastered & reissued

Records Neurosis & Jarboe: remastered & reissued

Posted June 16, 2019, 2:50 p.m.

Originally released 16 years ago (2003), the collaboration between Neurosis & Jarboe will be reissued on August 2 on Neurot Recordings. Fully remasted with all new artwork from Aaron Turner, it ...

Neurosis & Jarboe Track Listing:
1. Within2. His Last Words3. Taker4. Receive5. Erase6. Cringe7. In Harm's Way8. Seizure
NEUROSIS Tour Dates:w/ Yob, Kowloon Walled City
7/11/2019 Roman Ampitheater - Rome Ostia Antica, IT7/12/2019 Carroponte - Milan, IT 7/13/2019 Dour Festival - Dour, BE 7/14/2019 Dachstock - Bern, CH 7/16/2019 Sala Apolo - Barcelona, ES 7/17/2019 Biarritz Atabal - Biarritz, FR 7/18/2019 Bataclan - Paris, FR 7/19-21/2019 Supersonic Festival - Birmingham, UK 7/20/2019 O2 Forum Kentish Town - London, UK w/ Godflesh 7/22/2019 Metal Days - Tolmin, SI  (no Yob)7/23/2019 Arena - Vienna, AT 7/24/2019 Akvarium - Budapest, HU 7/25/2019 Festsaal Kreuzberg - Berlin, DE 7/26/2019 Progresia - Warsaw, PL 7/27/2019 B90 - Gdansk, PL 
w/ Bell Witch, Deafkids8/07/2019 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA8/08/2019 Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC8/09/2019 9:30 Club - Washington, DC8/10/2019 Theatre Of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA8/11/2019 Brooklyn Steel - Brooklyn, NY8/13/2019 Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA8/14/2019 Corona Theatre - Montreal, QC8/15/2019 The Opera House - Toronto, ON8/16/2019 St. Andrews Hall - Detroit, MI8/17/2019 Thalia Hall - Chicago, IL

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Red Scare's West Coast Roast

Tours Red Scare's West Coast Roast

Posted June 16, 2019, 1:59 p.m.

This August Red Scare Industries will celebrate its 15th annviersary with a label showcase tour along the US West Coast. Elway, Ramona, and Sam Russo will play the entire tour ...

8/9DenverStreets Denver8/10Albuquerque, NMMoonlight Lounge8/11PhoenixYucca Tap Room8/12San DiegoSoda Bar8/13Los Angeles, CAResident DTLA8/14Sacramento, CAPress Club8/15San Francisco, CADNA Lounge8/16Portland, ORTwilight Bar8/17Seattle, WABarboza8/18Boise, IDThe Shredder8/19Salt Lake City, UTThe Loading Dock8/20Fort Collins, COPinball Jones
Tour dates h/t punknews

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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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