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Loren's last content update – April 19, 2021, 10:40 p.m.

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Come Closer

Pretty Garbage, 2021

7.7 / 10

J. Wang has played in a lot of bands: Dan Padilla, Tiltwheel, Altaira, and Shallow Cuts, to name a few. In other words, he’s an active musician and when his other bands broke up, ...

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Street Eaters

Simple Distractions EP, 2021

7.5 / 10

The info surrounding this EP talks about how Street Eaters have changed. The band formed roughly a decade ago, so there’s always going to be evolution and whatnot -- and ...

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1집, 2021

7.5 / 10

The pandemic has taken its toll on everyone. Even though I’ve stayed healthy, it’s stressful and that inevitably seeps into daily life. One interesting takeaway is that I think I ...

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Charlie Continental

Be Much Better, 2020

7.7 / 10

I dunno. Maybe reviewing a flexi is a weird idea as it’s a standalone thing. I still don’t get them: They wear out really fast; they’re vulnerable to damage and ...

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Body Stuff

Interviews Body Stuff

Posted April 18, 2021, 2:47 p.m.
Don't Quit Your Day Job

There are a lot of misconceptions about the life of a musician. The old rock star image of bright lights, fast living and traveling with an entourage is almost patently ...

I Against I

One Question Interviews I Against I

Posted April 16, 2021, 7:17 p.m.

Bob (I Against I – bass) SPB: (In non-COVID times) What do you like to do on a tour off date? Bob: On a tour off date I like to walk ...


One Question Interviews Sandré

Posted April 14, 2021, 8:54 p.m.

Sandré SPB: What was the first concert you all attended (together)? Sandré: We went to the Idles show together two years ago. It was incredible. Stefi and Rosa ended up ...


One Question Interviews Ploho

Posted April 7, 2021, 8:39 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Igor Starshinov (Ploho) SPB: What make/model of synth did you primarily use on the new record? How did you choose this model? Starshinov: We used Moog minimoog model d ...

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SPB exclusive: Witness Marker - self-titled

Records SPB exclusive: Witness Marker - self-titled

We’re excited to share a full stream of the debut full-length from Pennsylvania punks Witness Marker. The band was formed in 2017 when guitarist Bruce Ewell initially began the ...

The self-titled debut began with plans for a 7” trilogy but turned into the 10 songs before you, which officially releases on April 9 as a split release between Division Street Sounds and Not Like You Records.

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Jealous, Dedstrange, and Baby Satan

Records Jealous, Dedstrange, and Baby Satan

Posted April 18, 2021, 10:24 a.m.

The first release on Dedstrange, a new label from Oliver Ackermann (A Place to Bury Strangers, Death By Audio), will be a double EP from Jealous. Jealous play a complex ...

Lover / What's Your Damage ? by Jealous
Jealous – Lover / What’s Your Damage? track listing:
Lover EP
1. K-Hole II
2. Blackeye
3. DebbieDowner
4. Fastcars
What’s Your Damage?
5. Gravity
6. Cowboy Kelly Katastrophe
7. Sharp Bones / Broken Claws
8. Slaughterhouse3000                             
9. Thunder

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New from A.M. Nice

Bands New from A.M. Nice

Posted April 17, 2021, 11:11 a.m.

Cincinnati, OH punk band A.M. Nice has finished work on a new full-length, which is scheduled for release in late 2021. However, the band has a new 2-song digital ...

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Sad Park to release on Lauren Records

Labels Sad Park to release on Lauren Records

Posted April 17, 2021, 10:42 a.m.

Lauren Records has shared news that Sad Park will release an album with the label later this year. The Los Angeles-based band plays peppy and anthemic punk in the vein ...

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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

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