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Needles//Pins - Goodnight, Tomorrow album cover


Goodnight, Tomorrow, 2017

7.6 / 10

Needles//Pins are one of those hard bands to pin down. They just sound like what rock ‘n’ roll is supposed to be, you know? It’s catchy, gritty, relatable, and working ...

Cayetana - New Kind Of Normal  album cover


New Kind Of Normal , 2017

8.3 / 10

Normally when I hear obvious shades of the 1990s, my first thought is straight from an ad campaign of the era: been there, done that. It’s an oversimplification, but you ...

Nothington - In the End album cover


In the End, 2017

7.5 / 10

Few things are stable in this topsy-turvy world. One constant has been Nothington. With the release of In the End, the San Francisco band’s fifth full-length, they’ve continued down the ...

Naïve Sense - Self Titled EP (2017) album cover

Naïve Sense

Self Titled EP (2017), 2017

7.7 / 10

“If I am unable to transform you into a Naïve Sense fan, then I have not done my job.”So begins “Win a Trip to Vegas: Heavy Metal Bikini Contest/Men’s Support ...

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The Ejector Seats-fluffy

One Question Interviews The Ejector Seats-fluffy

Posted July 10, 2017, 7:32 p.m.

Fluffy (The Ejector Seats/The By-Products – bass/vocals) SPB: How has the increasing digitalization of music changed how you listen to or consume music? Fluffy: Well...this is a sensitive ...


One Question Interviews Hakan

Posted July 9, 2017, 2:19 p.m.

Andrea (Hakan) SPB: How did you come to work with Jeff Burke on II? Andrea: Not a very special story. We love Marked Men and Radioactivity and when we find ...

Collision Course Records

One Question Interviews Collision Course Records

Posted June 11, 2017, 8:40 p.m.

Raymondo (Collision Course Records) SPB: What is your dayjob and how does it affect/influence/interfere with your label operations? Raymondo: Well....I'd like to say I sit around ...


One Question Interviews Geometers

Posted May 25, 2017, 8:23 p.m.

Kyle (Geometers) SPB: What’s the most recent “grower” record you picked up that took a while to click? Kyle: "Prey," the latest from Planes Mistaken for Stars. It's ...

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SPB premiere: "Vegan Bake Sale" by Michael Crafter

MP3s SPB premiere: "Vegan Bake Sale" by Michael Crafter

SPB is excited to share "Vegan Bake Sale," the first track from Michael Crafter's debut full-length. After 20-plus releases in eight years, Michael Crafter will release Mince for the ...

The album will be limited to 210 LPS. Pre-orders available now.
Catch the album launch at Beatdisc Records, Parramatta Friday August 11 2017 with interstate dates to be announced later in the year. 

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SPB exclusive: Bréag Naofa - II

Records SPB exclusive: Bréag Naofa - II

This month Scene Point Blank is pleased to debut the newest LP from Bréag Naofa, II. Out soon, the LP delivers 40 minutes of doom-ridden sludge that’s equally ...


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Eyehategod hit the road with Negative Approach and Cro-Mags

Tours Eyehategod hit the road with Negative Approach and Cro-Mags

Posted July 19, 2017, 10:02 p.m.

Eyehategod have announced a thirty-nine date tour, their longest since vocalist Mike IX Williams underwent a liver transplant last December. Starting in August, the band will travel and play shows ...

EYEHATEGOD - Left To Starve Summer Tour:8/01/2017 Boozers - Corpus Christi, TX8/02/2017 Lowbrow - El Paso, TX8/03/2017 Club Red - Phoenix, AZ w/ Capitalist Casualties, Phobia 8/04/2017 Dive Bar - Las Vegas, NV w/ Capitalist Casualties, Phobia 8/05/2017 Los Globos - Los Angeles, CA w/ Capitalist Casualties, Phobia 8/06/2017 Blue Lamp - Sacramento, CA w/ Capitalist Casualties8/07/2017 Elbow Room - San Francisco, CA w/ Capitalist Casualties8/08/2017 Dante's - Portland, OR w/ Capitalist Casualties8/09/2017 El Corazon - Seattle, WA w/ Capitalist Casualties8/11/2017 Marquis Theater - Denver, CO w/ Primitive Man8/12/2017 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM w/ Primitive Man8/13/2017 Korova - San Antonio, TX w/ Negative Approach8/14/2017 Trees - Dallas, TX w/ Negative Approach8/15/2017 89th Street - Oklahoma City, OK w/ Negative Approach8/16/2017 The Gig - Beaumont, TX w/ Negative Approach8/18/2017 South Port - New Orleans, LA w/ Negative Approach8/19/2017 Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC w/ Antiseen, Negative Approach8/20/2017 The Muse - Wilmington, NC w/ Negative Approach8/21/2017 The Earl - Atlanta, GA w/ Negative Approach8/22/2017 Broadberry - Richmond, VA w/ Negative Approach8/24/2017 Middle East - Boston, MA w/ Cro-Mags8/25/2017 Montage - Rochester, NY w/ Cro-Mags8/26/2017 Cafe 611 - Frederick, MD w/ Cro-Mags, Pig Destroyer8/27/2017 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Cro-Mags8/28/2017 Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA w/ Cro-Mags8/30/2017 Mexicali - Teaneck, NJ w/ Cro-Mags8/31/2017 Outpost - Kent, OH w/ Cro-Mags9/01/2017 Spirit Hall - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Cro-Mags9/02/2017 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL w/ Cro-Mags9/03/2017 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL w/ Cro-Mags9/04/2017 Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN w/ Cro-Mags9/05/2017 Rock Island Brewing - Rock Island, IL w/ Cro-Mags9/06/2017 Club El - Detroit, MI w/ Cro-Mags9/08/2017 Ace Of Cups - Columbus, OH w/ The Obsessed, Mountain Of Wizard9/09/2017 The Pinch - Washington, DC w/ The Obsessed, Mountain Of Wizard9/10/2017 Golden Pony - Harrionsburg, VA w/ The Obsessed, Mountain Of Wizard9/11/2017 Ziggys - Chattanooga, TN w/ Mountain Of Wizard9/12/2017 Sidetracks - Huntsville, AL w/ Mountain Of Wizard9/13/2017 Vinyl Music Hall - Pensacola, FL w/ Mountain Of Wizard

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Pkew Pkew Pkew +One

Records Pkew Pkew Pkew +One

Posted July 16, 2017, 11:03 a.m.

SideOneDummy has announced a re-issue of Pkey Pkew Pkew's self-titled debut, but with the addition of a new cong called "Cold Dead Hands." In reference to the new track ...

Pkew Pkew Pkew is currently on tour with The Flatliners. All tickets are on sale now.
Sunday July 16 — Boston, MA — The Middle EastMonday July 17 — Philadelphia, PA  — Boot & Saddle

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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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