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Loren's last content update – April 26, 2018, 8:17 a.m.

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Loren's most recent reviews
Cheap Tissue  - Cheap Tissue  album cover

Cheap Tissue

Cheap Tissue , 2018

7.5 / 10

LA’s Cheap Tissue bill themselves as rough around the edges garage punk, namedropping melodic yet understated groups like Radioactivity. While the general sound isn’t too far off the mark, the band’s ...

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High Priests

Spinning, 2018

7.5 / 10

When I first saw High Priests 3 or 4 years ago, I would have labeled them as stoner punk. While their press photos certainly still hit on that imagery, I’m ...

Shame - Songs of Praise album cover


Songs of Praise, 2018

8.0 / 10

Shame seems to have captured some buzz. They’ve had several clips in big UK publications and their debut was issued on Dead Oceans here in the States. The band plays ...

Dean Ween Group - Rock 2 album cover

Dean Ween Group

Rock 2, 2018

7.5 / 10

I generally shy away from track-by-track reviews, because they get long, boring and kind of miss the point of an album as a whole anyway. That said, whenever I write ...

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Loren's most recent features
Yo No Say

One Question Interviews Yo No Say

Posted April 24, 2018, 5:52 a.m.

Daniel Feldman (Yo No Say) SPB: What is the worst stereotype you encounter when people find out you’re in a band? Daniel: To be honest people are generally pretty ...

Forêt Endormie

One Question Interviews Forêt Endormie

Posted April 24, 2018, 5:50 a.m.

Jordan Guerette (Forêt Endormie) SPB: Who is your favorite 1990s artist? Jordan: Among the hundreds of artists that I continue to cherish from the 1990s, if I must choose ...

The Mons

One Question Interviews The Mons

Posted April 24, 2018, 5:48 a.m.

Karl Eifrig (The Mons) SPB: What was the first punk show you attended? Karl: The first punk show I attended was February 28, 1986 at Cabaret Metro (now just Metro ...


One Question Interviews Bison

Posted April 1, 2018, 4:36 a.m.

James Farwell (Bison) SPB: Can you enjoy a musician’s work if you when you disagree with their politics? Are you able to make the separation? James: I generally separate ...

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SPB exclusive: R.I.P. Clearance Event by The Sueves

Records SPB exclusive: R.I.P. Clearance Event by The Sueves

Out this Friday, March 30, The Sueves return with their second full-length LP, R.I.P. Clearance Event. The Chicago band play gritty and enthusiastic punk-fueled r’n’r, steeped ...

The record is available now from Hozac Records.

photo by Rob Karlic

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Videos SPB premiere: "This Exists" by Tongue Party

Posted April 26, 2018, 8:17 a.m.

SPB is sharing a brand new video from Tongue Party. Taken from their soon to release album Looking for a Painful Death, the song “This Exists” is a three-minute blast ...

Tongue Party will play a record release show on May 5 at Hexagon Bar in Minneapolis with labelmates Bummer, plus New Primals and YANA. 10 pm, 21+, free.

Photo by Greg Schaal

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Don't Worry to release new album on Specialist Subject

Records Don't Worry to release new album on Specialist Subject

Posted April 21, 2018, 10:49 a.m.

After self-releasing a series of EPs and touring throughout the UK, Don't Worry have joined with Specialist Subject to release Who Cares Anyway? -- their first full-length, which will release ...

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Bands Immersion album in June (Wire)

Posted April 21, 2018, 10:03 a.m.

Duo Immersion, featuring Wire Colin Newman (Wire) and Malka Spigel (Minimal COmpact), will release Sleepless on June 15t via swim~. To announced the record, their first since Analogue Creatures Living ...

Immersion Tour Dates 06.08 - Brighton, UK @ RoseHill (NANOCLUSTER with Ulrich Schnauss) 06.23 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theatre * 06.24 - San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord 06.26 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir 06.27 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza 06.29 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court 07.01 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge 07.03 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar 07.05 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry 07.06 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas * 07.07 - Detroit, MI @ Third Man Records Cass Corridor * 07.09 - Toronto, ON @ The Drake * 07.11 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada @ La Vitriola * 07.13 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott * 07.14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade * 
* with Matt Schulz of Holy Fuck on drums
Sleepless Track Listing 1. Microclimate (stream)2. Off Grid3. MS194. Sleepless5. Propulsoid (with Matt Schulz)6. Hovertron7. The Humming Sea8. Manic Toys9. Seeing is Believing (with Hexenschuss)10. Io

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Loren's most recent blogposts

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 ...

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 ...

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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