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Loren's last content update – Aug. 13, 2019, 9:28 p.m.

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Kira Jari

Spooky Freaky EP, 2019

7.0 / 10

Spooky Freaky is a good debut from an intriguing new-ish band from Texas. Even if the EP name makes me think of “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” each time I read it.The band ...

Billy Liar - Some Legacy album cover

Billy Liar

Some Legacy, 2019

7.3 / 10

I don’t know much about Billy Liar, but Red Scare has rarely turned out a bad release so I picked Some Legacy out of the pile with some hope -- and it ...

Reunions - Winter Heart, Summer Skin album cover


Winter Heart, Summer Skin, 2019

7.8 / 10

I must have slowed down over the years. At least I hope my recent interest in bands like Reunions or Nightmarathons reflects my now 40 years-old perspective more than it reflects of ...

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Charger , 2019

7.5 / 10

The debut from Charger finds that gray area between punk and metal that’s hard to pigeonhole to a specific genre. You’ll see more than one Motorhead reference in this review, which is ...

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Interviews Nadir

Posted July 29, 2019, 3:03 p.m.

Nadir is a punk trio with some names and faces you might recognize from their work with Off With Their Heads, Fake Boys, and Hard Pass. The trio has been ...

Anthem Grief

One Question Interviews Anthem Grief

Posted July 21, 2019, 9:46 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Anthem Grief SPB: The two of you recorded the album on your own. How does the band’s live setup work? Anthem Grief: The two of us met through a ...

Good Riddance

One Question Interviews Good Riddance

Posted June 28, 2019, 10:39 p.m.

Russ (Good Riddance) SPB: What do you remember of playing your first live show? Russ: I remember it being euphoric, the sense of watching people move and go crazy to ...

Martin Bisi

One Question Interviews Martin Bisi

Posted June 24, 2019, 9:31 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Martin Bisi SPB: What is your preferred guitar model for personal playing, and how has your production work affected that choice? Bisi: I started way late on guitar. I was ...

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SPB premiere: Blue Skies Burning collection "In Totality"

Records SPB premiere: Blue Skies Burning collection "In Totality"

Scene Point Blank has partnered with Dropping Bombs to share a stream of the soon-to-release In Totality by Blue Skies Burning. The LP is a 10-song retrospective of the Toledo ...

The collection is up for preorder now. Limited to 200 copies (100 white, 100 blue). Hit the "+" sign for the full track listing on the player.

1) Summerfield, Michigan*2) Last Leg of My First Race*3) Tonight Distance Spoke*4) The Plastic Pony Show*5) When the Fondest Feeling Dies*6) In Light of Certain Events*7) Last Leg of My First Race*8) Fire On My Tongue**9) Driving Down King**10) When The Fondest Feeling Dies**
*originally released as the CD EP Last Leg of My First Race 
**originally released as a demo
Photos by Jennifer Link

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SPB exclusive: The Path - Chaotic Good

Records SPB exclusive: The Path - Chaotic Good

Scene Point Blank's featured stream this month is Chaotic Good by The Path, out this Friday, August 2 courtesy of State of Mind Recordings. The fast and furious hardcore ...


Chaotic Good is available from State of Mind now and will be available for free on Bandcamp following its official release.
Photo by Tyson Luneau

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Split EP by Gridfailure and Feel Happiness

Records Split EP by Gridfailure and Feel Happiness

Posted Aug. 13, 2019, 9:28 p.m.

A new split EP will showcase two solo experimental outfits, Gridfailure and Feel Happiness. The 7-track release comes out digitally on Sept. 13.

9/01/2019 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ meth., Horse Torso
1. This Liquefaction [GRIDFAILURE]2. Cryomechanical [GRIDFAILURE]3. Swarming [GRIDFAILURE]4. Wetworkers Local 845 [GRIDFAILURE]5. God Bless You All On The Earth [FEEL HAPPINESS]6. I've Cut Your Armies Down And Torn Your Heart [FEEL HAPPINESS]7. All You Are Is Meat [FEEL HAPPINESS]

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Colored Moth streaming in full

MP3s Colored Moth streaming in full

Posted Aug. 12, 2019, 9:18 p.m.

The latest from Germany's Colored Moth, DIM, is streaming now at Echoes and Dust. The album is the second full-length from the noise rock trio -- and SPB premiered a ...

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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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