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Loren's last content update – May 25, 2017, 8:23 p.m.

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STNNNG - Veterans of Pleasure album cover


Veterans of Pleasure, 2017

7.8 / 10

STNNNG have slowed down their output but it doesn’t seem that age is catching up to them. If anything, their anger seems more pronounced than ever. Pronounced “The Stunning,” the ...

Great Cynics - Posi album cover

Great Cynics

Posi, 2017

7.7 / 10

Calling their fourth record Posi is an interesting statement about Great Cynic’s vibe across the 11-song, half-hour record. From lyrics about being the clouds and listening to the birds to ...

Western Addiction - Tremulous album cover

Western Addiction

Tremulous, 2017

7.3 / 10

Has it really been 12 years since Cognicide? Well, Western Addiction are back with another single word, make-you-think album title in Tremulous. They may have skipped releasing records for the ...

Jim and the French Vanilla - Afraid of the House album cover

Jim and the French Vanilla

Afraid of the House, 2017

8.0 / 10

Jim and the French Vanilla is the solo moniker for Jim Blaha, guitarist in The Blind Shake, a band with have several of their own releases, as well as collaborations ...

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One Question Interviews Geometers

Posted May 25, 2017, 8:23 p.m.

Kyle (Geometers) SPB: What’s the most recent “grower” record you picked up that took a while to click? Kyle: "Prey," the latest from Planes Mistaken for Stars. It's ...


One Question Interviews Blessed

Posted May 21, 2017, 1:23 p.m.

Drew Riekman (Blessed – guitar/vocals) SPB: What is your favorite 1990s artist? Riekman: When I received the email, the first question I asked myself was “Is this the favourite 1990 ...


One Question Interviews EORÐESLAJYR

Posted May 1, 2017, 9:23 p.m.

Tom (EORÐESLAJYR) SPB: What is the most thankless job in the music industry? Tom: We think one of the most thankless jobs in the industry is putting on DIY ...

The Bombpops

One Question Interviews The Bombpops

Posted April 30, 2017, 5:32 p.m.

Poli (The Bombpops) SPB: What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? Poli: Worst job we've ever had... well, Jen and I are both servers at restaurants in ...

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SPB exclusive: Nearly Dead - Idyllic Evening stream

Records SPB exclusive: Nearly Dead - Idyllic Evening stream

Scene Point Blank is excited to share a new EP from Nearly Dead this month. Titled Idyllic Evening, the new 10” vinyl release from Learning Curve Records is a 5-song ...

Preorders are available now from Learning Curve.
Photo by Steven Carpenter
Check out last month's exclusive stream: Bad Breeding's self-titled LP, here.

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Tours Dead Cross schedules US tour

Posted May 23, 2017, 8:42 p.m.

With their debut release scheduled for August, Dead Cross will embark on a US tour shortly after. The band features a number of familiar faces from the heavy music scene ...

August 10 Santa Ana, CA The ObservatoryAugust 11 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn BowlAugust 12 Phoenix, AZ The MarqueeAugust 14 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Bar & GrillAugust 15 Houston, TX Warehouse LiveAugust 16 Austin, TX Emo’sAugust 18 Tucson, AZ The Rialto TheatreAugust 19 San Diego, CA The Observatory North ParkAugust 21 Los Angeles, CA El Rey TheatreAugust 23 Berkeley, CA The UC TheatreAugust 25 Vancouver, BC Vogue TheatreAugust 26 Seattle, WA The ShowboxAugust 27 Portland Wonder BallroomAugust 29 Sacramento, CA Ace of SpadesSeptember 8 Baltimore, MD Baltimore SoundstageSeptember 10 Philadelphia, PA Union TransferSeptember 11 Boston, MA RoyaleSeptember 12 New York, NY Gramercy TheatreSeptember 13 Brooklyn, NY WarsawSeptember 15 Detroit, MI St. Andrew’s HallSeptember 16 Chicago, IL Riot FestSeptember 17 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall BallroomSeptember 19 Minneapolis, MN First AvenueSeptember 20 Lawrence, KS Liberty HallSeptember 23 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre

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Ann Beretta returns with new 7-inch

Bands Ann Beretta returns with new 7-inch

Posted May 20, 2017, 11:21 p.m.

Ann Bertta have a new EP streaming online and available for pre-order from Say-10 Records. The two song Kill The Lights/ Forever Family 7" will be followed by new new ...

Throughout 2016 we toyed with the idea of writing and recording a new record that would recapture the angst and energy of our younger, 1996 selves and in 2017 have begun that journey. At the same time we reached out to our friends and fans over social media asking for their favorite songs from the back catalog to begin concepting an album of re-recorded and revised old songs. After compiling the list of requests and throwing in a few of our favorites we decided on 13 songs to record for what will be the first of 2 new studio albums to be released in the upcoming year by our friends at Say-10 records.
With all of this upcoming action the band decided to tease our fans a bit with a self titled 7 inch record that includes one song from each in-the-works full length. And we really went big on the packaging with a GOLD (500 copies) and SILVER (250 copies) metallic layout and matching colored vinyl for this very limited release.
The old songs one will be out in the fall! The other will probably be early next year!

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Needles//Pins leak a new song

MP3s Needles//Pins leak a new song

Posted May 20, 2017, 11:01 a.m.

Vancouver's Needles//Pins are giving a sneak peak of their new LP, Goodnight, Tomorrow, officially out on June 30 (Mint Records-Canada/Dirt Cult Records-USA). "All the Same" is streaming ...

Needles//Pins Shows06/16 Toronto, ON - The Horseshoe *06/17 Ottawa, ON - Club Saw (Ottawa Explosion)06/22 Calgary, AB - Local 510 (Sled Island)06/23 Calgary, AB - The Commonwealth (Sled Island)06/24 Calgary, AB - Palamino (Sled Island)06/30 Vancouver - SBC (album release show) ^07/07 Seattle, WA - Victory Lounge07/08 Portland, OR - The Know ~07/18 Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt #* with the Smugglers^ with Woolworm, Sightlines, Alimony~ with Low Culture, Muscle Dungeon, Girl Drink Drunks# with Royal Headache

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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 ...

Ex Hex, Tweens @ Triple Rock

Posted July 24, 2015, 3:29 p.m. by Loren

Ex Hex, Tweens, Pink Mink Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN July 20, 2015 I go to a lot of shows. Sometimes it’s nice to be surprised, and that’s what ...

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