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Loren's last content update – Oct. 24, 2020, 12:37 p.m.

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Quintron and Miss Pussycat

Goblin Alert, 2020

8.0 / 10

Quintron & Miss Pussycat is a project like no other. They call it “Swamp-Tech,” from New Orleans, and it’s dance rock with otherworldly, high energy vibes and puppets. With 16 ...

William Elliott Whitmore - I'm With You album cover

William Elliott Whitmore

I'm With You, 2020

8.5 / 10

When William Elliott Whitmore signed to Bloodshot, I thought it was a natural fit. I like Whitmore; I like the label. Win/win. But I also wondered how an artist I ...

Felt - Felt 4 U album cover


Felt 4 U, 2020

8.0 / 10

I’ll admit I haven’t listened to much Atmosphere in recent years. But what I’ve heard of the new stuff, it’s more introspective and chill, as if Slug is content to ...

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Alien Nosejob

Once Again The Present Becomes The Past, 2020

8.0 / 10

Alien Nosejob is a one-person project by Jake Robertson. On Suddenly Everything Is Twice As Loud, released in January, it was heavily influenced by melodic garage-punk. This time around the word ...

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Larry Livermore

One Question Interviews Larry Livermore

Posted Oct. 16, 2020, 1:38 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Larry Livermore (Lookout Records founder) SPB: What studios played a role in defining “the Lookout sound” of the label’s early years? Livermore: All the early Lookout releases were recorded ...


One Question Interviews Squarecrow

Posted Oct. 13, 2020, 8 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Todd Allen (Squarecrow) SPB: What amps do you use, and how did you decide on that setup? Allen: I upgraded from some random half stack with a Boss Metal Zone ...


One Question Interviews Multicult

Posted Oct. 12, 2020, 8:38 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Multicult (Nick Skrobisz/Rebecca Burchette – guitar/bass) SPB: Describe your pedal board: How did you choose which pedals to use and why did you arrange them as you did?


One Question Interviews Earthset

Posted Oct. 10, 2020, 6:29 p.m.

Earthset SPB: You released a live soundtrack to L’Uomo Meccanico at the start of the year. As a project so focused on live performance, how have this year’s ...

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Beastie Boys greatest hits collection

Records Beastie Boys greatest hits collection

Posted Oct. 24, 2020, 12:37 p.m.

Considered a companion piece to the new Beastie Boys Book and the documentary Beastie Boys Story (currently available on Apple TV+), a new 20-song career-spanning collection of Beastie Boys material ...

CD/DIGITALSo What'Cha WantPaul RevereShake Your RumpMake Some NoiseSure ShotIntergalacticCh-Check It OutFight For Your RightPass The MicDon't Play No Game That I Can't WinBody Movin'SabotageHold It Now, Hit ItShadrachRoot DownBrass MonkeyGet It TogetherJimmy JamesHey LadiesNo Sleep Till Brooklyn
SIDE AFight For Your RightBrass MonkeyNo Sleep Till BrooklynPaul RevereHold It Now, Hit It
Shake Your RumpShadrachHey LadiesPass The MicSo What'Cha Want
Jimmy JamesSure ShotRoot DownSabotageGet It Together
Body Movin'IntergalacticCh-Check It OutMake Some NoiseDon't Play No Game That I Can't Win

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Divided Heaven teams up with Lydia Loveless

MP3s Divided Heaven teams up with Lydia Loveless

Posted Oct. 24, 2020, 12:05 p.m.

Divided Heaven has a new single out next week titled "They Poisoned Our Fathers." The single releases on Oct. 27 on digital platforms and features Lydia Loveless on vocals. To ...

No Thank You release new album

Records No Thank You release new album

Posted Oct. 24, 2020, 11:28 a.m.

No Thank You has released a new album, Embroidered Foliage, yesterday October 23. The band will follow that up with a streamed live show next Friday, Oct. 30. The new ...

  Embroidered Foliage by no thank you
Embroidered Foliage track list:
1. Saturn Return2. Strange & Wonderful3. Embroidered Foliage4. Eden5. Tracing6. Letter Writing Contest7. Everything Or Nothing8. Enough9. Airport10. Leo Moon

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Paper + Plastick 2020 sampler

MP3s Paper + Plastick 2020 sampler

Posted Oct. 24, 2020, 10:38 a.m.

As we near Halloween, we're also beginning to hear rumblings of year end music talk. Florida-based label Paper + Plastick is sharing free music on that theme, with the label ...

“Ft. Lauderdale” – The Inevitables“Lifetimes” – Versive“Generation Lost” – Protagonist“Panic Attacks” – After The Fall“Voldin (She Lied)” – Rebel Spies!“Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” – Round Eye“Structure” - Sunliner“Mortuary” - Rutterkin“Mexico” – JM Lansdowne
Pictured: Sunliner

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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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