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Loren's last content update – Feb. 23, 2017, 8:26 a.m.

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Career Suicide - Machine Response album cover

Career Suicide

Machine Response, 2017

7.9 / 10

Sometimes I love the predictable unpredictability of punk. You hear the name Career Suicide and think a certain sound and, well, they’re right in line with that. Here on Machine ...

Mind Spiders - Prosthesis album cover

Mind Spiders

Prosthesis, 2016

8.0 / 10

Mind Spiders continues to be a very accurate name as the sound evolves.The one-time “solo” Mark Ryan project was to be his creative space for worlds outside of the garage-punk ...

Civil War Rust - Help Wanted album cover

Civil War Rust

Help Wanted, 2015

7.0 / 10

With Help Wanted, California’s Civil War Rust aren’t inventing any new sounds but they’re delivering heartfelt, direct punk rock in a familiar and comforting tone. It leans more toward the ...

Various Artists - Wonk Unit/Raging Nathans - split album cover

Various Artists

Wonk Unit/Raging Nathans - split, 2016

8.0 / 10
200 Words Or Less

This split 7” from a US band and a UK band carries a surprisingly unified sound over its four songs, two from each band. The record starts with Raging Nathans ...

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Bong Mountain

One Question Interviews Bong Mountain

Posted Feb. 20, 2017, 12:02 p.m.

Bong Mountain SPB: What’s your favorite protest song? Bong Mountain: The serious, educational, and inspirational protest songs that have helped me through tough times just aren't enough right ...


One Question Interviews Magana

Posted Feb. 18, 2017, 1:17 p.m.

Magana SPB: Do you get nervous before you play a show? Magana: Yep!  There are 2 distinct phase of nervousness. The first one is my self-manager side. Did I do ...

Magnetic Ghost

One Question Interviews Magnetic Ghost

Posted Feb. 12, 2017, 1:03 p.m.

Andy (Magnetic Ghost) SPB: What is the weirdest venue you’ve played a show at (or attended)? Magnetic Ghost: Seattle house show that wasn't in a house, but was ...

Body Stuff

One Question Interviews Body Stuff

Posted Feb. 6, 2017, 7:08 p.m.

Curran Reynolds (Body Stuff) SPB: Do you make a conscious decision to reference or deviate from past material when working on Body Stuff? Reynolds: The Body Stuff approach is to ...

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SPB exclusive: Brad Pot

Records SPB exclusive: Brad Pot

This month Scene Point Blank is pleased to host the debut of Brad Pot’s newest album, Brad Pot, available March 3 from Slovenly. The Melbourne, Australia band plays horned-up ...

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Cayetana - New Kind of Normal out this May

Records Cayetana - New Kind of Normal out this May

Posted Feb. 23, 2017, 8:26 a.m.

Cayetana released a new video for the song "Mesa" from their upcoming New Kind of Normal LP. The new album itself will release on Plum Records on May 5. Plum ...

TOUR DATES:2/21 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *2/22 Durham, NC @ Motoroco Music Hall *2/23 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade *2/24 Gainesville, FL @ Loosey's *2/25 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth *2/28 Tampa, FL @ Crowbar *3/1 Tallahasee, FL @ Club Downunder *3/2 Birmingham, AL @ The Syndicate Lounge *
* w/ Lemuria & Mikey Erg
1. Am I Dead Yet?2. Mesa3. Too Old For This4. Bus Ticket5. Easy To Love6. Side Sleepers7. Certain For Miles8. Phonics Failed Me9. Grumpy's 10. Follow11. Dust12. World

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Nights Like Thieves announce new EP

Records Nights Like Thieves announce new EP

Posted Feb. 20, 2017, 7:12 p.m.

Nights Like Thieves will release a new 6-song EP on La Escalera Records on April 7. The record is the San Diego band's first and it will preceed the ...

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Breakin' Even Fest 2

Shows Breakin' Even Fest 2

Posted Feb. 20, 2017, 10:13 a.m.

In Washington DC, Breakin' Even Fest 2 will take place May 5-6 at Songbyrd. The two-day festival returns for a second go-around with headliners including The Sidekicks, Worriers, Pkew Pkew ...

FRIDAY May 5The SidekicksPkew Pkew PkewDot DashDead End LaneFlowerbomb
SATURDAY May 6RestorationsWorriersHonah LeeAspigaBoardroom HeroesAmerican TelevisionTeen DeathMore AM Than FM

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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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