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Loren's last content update – Jan. 25, 2021, 7:57 p.m.

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Loren's most recent reviews
The Kinks - Part 1. Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround (Deluxe 2CD) album cover

The Kinks

Part 1. Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround (Deluxe 2CD), 2020

8.5 / 10

Where do I being on reviewing a deluxe edition of a record that’s 50 years old? I’ll start by saying I’m never going to call a deluxe edition perfect -- ...

Real Numbers - Brighter Then EP album cover

Real Numbers

Brighter Then EP, 2021

7.7 / 10

Last year took a toll on many, many people. It was rough. It was angry. It was painful. And most art reflected that.Sometimes it’s necessary to take a deep breath, ...

Debt Neglector - Bad Faith EP album cover

Debt Neglector

Bad Faith EP, 2020

7.0 / 10

Debt Neglector put this new digital EP into the world in late 2020, in part to help raise funds for Fair Fight before the Georgia runoff elections. It has five ...

Dikembe - Muck album cover


Muck, 2020

8.0 / 10

Gainesville, FL’s Dikembe have been playing around the scene for quite a few years but I’ve never actually checked out their recorded material. I saw them back at Pre-Fest 6 and enjoyed ...

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Han Gan

One Question Interviews Han Gan

Posted Jan. 20, 2021, 7:27 p.m.

Brian Nicewander (Han Gan) SPB: What is the strangest place you’ve slept while on tour? Nicewander: I think one of my most interesting tour crash experiences was in the ...


One Question Interviews War//Plague

Posted Jan. 19, 2021, 7:47 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Vern (War//Plague-bass) SPB: What type of bass do you play (and how did you choose it)? Vern: I am currently playing a Gibson RD bass. I also have an ...


One Question Interviews SPELLS

Posted Jan. 13, 2021, 8:15 p.m.

P. Bohner (SPELLS) SPB: The band name is almost refreshingly simple. How did you choose it? Bohner: Well first off, I would like to say that I am personally not ...

The Grasshopper Lies Heavy

One Question Interviews The Grasshopper Lies Heavy

Posted Jan. 11, 2021, 8:45 p.m.
What's That Noise?

James Woodard (The Grasshopper Lies Heavy – guitar) SPB: I have two #1 guitars; one for stage; and one that stays home for recording and practice. Woodward: My old #1 is ...

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SPB exclusive: Modern Cynics - Auditory Postcards

Records SPB exclusive: Modern Cynics - Auditory Postcards

The pandemic has caused a lot of inward searching. It's caused a lot of isolation. It's caused a lot of boredom. It's caused a lot of sadness ...

Auditory Postcards releases on February 15 courtesy of Dirt Cult Records. It's available for pre-order now, on cassette and digital format.

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photo by photo by Invidia Obscura

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Want to join the SPB team?

Site News Want to join the SPB team?

It's been a wild ride for Scene Point Blank. Established in 2003, we've managed a steady transition of staff into our third decade (as the calendar tells it ...

Is there another gap we didn't mention? Reach out. We're all about a democratic, team environment. So if you want to help out but we didn't specifically list it here, please contact us.
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Roughneck Recording Co talks Leatherface history

Music News Roughneck Recording Co talks Leatherface history

Posted Jan. 24, 2021, 5:50 p.m.

SPB doesn't make standard practice of sharing interesting interviews elsewhere, but Leatherface fans should take note of a recent interview at Negative Insight magazine, which digs deep into the ...

PETE INC. limerick book

General News PETE INC. limerick book

Posted Jan. 23, 2021, 7:11 p.m.

A new limerick book related to the Trump administration will soon release courtesy of PETE INC., EconoPress, and Unknown Controller Recorsd. PETE INC. is a Bay Area, CA artist responsible ...

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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

Loren's SPB contributions

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