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Vacation - Mouth Sounds #2699 album cover


Mouth Sounds #2699, 2018

7.7 / 10

For running with the DIY punk scene, Vacation are surprisingly diverse (not to mention prolific). The band’s latest is the 12-song Mouth Sounds #2699 and its 26-minute span delivers the band’s general ...

The Brokedowns - Sick of Space album cover

The Brokedowns

Sick of Space, 2018

8.7 / 10

When I stop and look at the discogs, The Brokedowns have been doing what they do for a long time now. What is that, exactly? Well, it’s Midwestern punk that’s ...

The Bils - Past Masters: Volume 1 album cover

The Bils

Past Masters: Volume 1, 2018

6.5 / 10

The Bils are Bil and Michelle Bilson, a husband-wife duo that play laid back rock schooled by classic duets. Depending which paragraph of their press sheet you’re reading, they are ...

Elway - For the Sake of the Bit album cover


For the Sake of the Bit, 2018

7.5 / 10

Elway kick off their latest with “Inches,” a middle finger at those of us listening to and writing about their music. So, well, I’m not the type to throw fuel ...

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The Sword

One Question Interviews The Sword

Posted Aug. 16, 2018, 11:45 a.m.

Kyle Shutt (The Sword) SPB: How did you choose your weapons in the NES-inspired “Used Future” video? Kyle: Creating that video was a really fun experience.  I came up with ...

Martin Bisi

One Question Interviews Martin Bisi

Posted Aug. 16, 2018, 11:42 a.m.

Martin Bisi  SPB: There are all kinds of anniversary album/compilations out there. How did you choose this approach to celebration the milestone? Martin: I didn't really see the ...

The Claudettes

One Question Interviews The Claudettes

Posted Aug. 16, 2018, 11:39 a.m.

Johnny Iguana (The Claudettes) SPB: How did the band come to combine the different musical styles that make the Claudettes so unique?  Johny: I had every intention of making the ...

City Mouse

One Question Interviews City Mouse

Posted Aug. 16, 2018, 11:34 a.m.

Miski Dee (City Mouse) SPB: What is the most irritating thing that reviewers say about your band or that you overhear in the crowd? Miski Dee: I think the most ...

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SPB exclusive: Discardography 2011-2013 by Warm Needles

Records SPB exclusive: Discardography 2011-2013 by Warm Needles

Out on August 1, Scene Point Blank is pleased to team up once again with Tour Van Records to share a full stream of the new Discardography 2011-2013 from Warm ...

The band notes that Discardography is a stopgag between albums, meaning another full-length is in the works. The compilation LP is released by Tour Van in the US and by Different Kitchen Records in the UK.

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Mercy Union (members of The Gaslight Anthem + The Scandals)

Bands Mercy Union (members of The Gaslight Anthem + The Scandals)

Posted Aug. 18, 2018, 3:34 p.m.

Members of The Gaslight Anthem and The Scandals have teamed up on a new project known as Mercy Union. The band will release their debut album, The Quarry, on Oct ...

The Quarry by Mercy Union
AUGUST25 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (Summer Strummerjam w/ Jesse Malin)
OCTOBER18 – Garwood, NJ – Crossroads26-28 – Gainesville, FL – The Fest
The Quarry track listing:01. Young Dionysians02. Fever Dreams03. Chips and Vics04. Baggy05. Silver Dollars06. Layovers07. Reverse08. Accessory09. A Lot From Me10. Twenty Seven11. The Quarry12. Remember When

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Larry and His Flask to return with This Remedy

Records Larry and His Flask to return with This Remedy

Posted Aug. 18, 2018, 2:04 p.m.

Larry and His Flask return with their first album in five years, the new This Remedy, scheduled for release on Oct. 12 on Xtra Mile Recordings. The last released By ...

This Remedy Track Listing1. Atonement2. Doing Fine3. This Remedy4. Ellipsis5. Never All The Times6. Begin Again7. Hoping Again8. The Place That It Belongs9. Dearly Departed10. You Won’t11. Behind The Curtain12. Three Manhattans
OCTOBER13 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux Lounge14 - Salt Lake City, IA @ The State Room16 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s17 - Sioux City, IA @ The Marquee18 - St. Paul, MN @ The Turf Club19 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen20 - Detriot, MI @ El Club21 - Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe Tavern23 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Kingsland24 - Stanhope, NJ @ The Stanhope House25 - Washington, DC @ Hill Country LIVE27 - Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room28 - Denver, CO @ The Streets of London Pub

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New Atmosphere song, US tour announcement

Tours New Atmosphere song, US tour announcement

Posted Aug. 18, 2018, 1:31 p.m.

Atmosphere are prepping fans for an upcoming US tour with a new song (strem it below) titled "Make It All Better Again." The tour includes stops at Red Rocks in ...

10.05 - Grand Rapids, MI - Intersection10.06 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall10.08 - Boston, MA - House of Blues10.09 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Ballroom10.10 - Portland, ME - State Theatre10.12 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place10.13 - Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall10.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE (Indoor)10.16 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts (TLA)10.17 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club10.19 - Rochester, NY - Anthology10.20 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club10.21 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues10.23 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel10.25 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall10.26 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue10.27 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note10.28 - Iowa City, IA - Blue Moose Tap House11.16 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle11.17 - Richmond, VA - The National11.18 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel11.20 - Charlotte, NC - The Underground: Charlotte11.21 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live11.23 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage11.24 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm11.25 - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall11.27 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham Theatre11.28 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Ybor11.29 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution12.01 - Gainesville, FL - High Dive12.02 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall12.04 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn12.06 - New Orleans, LA - Joy Theater12.07 - Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theatre12.08 - Nashville, TN - The Cowan

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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

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