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Loren's last content update – April 26, 2017, 10:25 p.m.

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The Tossers

Smash the Windows, 2017

7.0 / 10

The term “Irish punk” sprung up in the late ‘90s around the time Flogging Molly jumped into the spotlight and in the waning days of ska-punk. A new hyphen was ...

Good Friend - Ride The Storm album cover

Good Friend

Ride The Storm, 2016

7.6 / 10

I’m a fan of a select little niche of pop punk. The cleaner the voices, the more I tend to dislike it or just not connect. However, Red Scare Industries ...

Mystery Date - Love Collector album cover

Mystery Date

Love Collector, 2016

7.8 / 10

Mystery Date fit that classic mod-power pop sound, with an ear for well-tuned guitars, a hint of fuzz, and more focus on melody than “lead” anything, be it lead vocals, ...

Hellmouth - Oblivion album cover


Oblivion, 2017

8.0 / 10

When I heard my first Hellmouth record—which I’ve since learned was their second release (Gravestone Skylines, 2010)—it was more of a curiosity than something that really grabbed me. Here was ...

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Asian Man Records

One Question Interviews Asian Man Records

Posted April 26, 2017, 10:25 p.m.

Mike Park (Asian Man Records) SPB: What gives you the biggest sense of accomplishment through your years at Asian Man and as a part of the overall music scene? Park ...

Set and Setting

One Question Interviews Set and Setting

Posted April 25, 2017, 9:27 p.m.

Shane Handal (Set and Setting)  SPB: There are a lot of stereotypes about post-rock. How do you approach genre and expectation when composing? Handal: For whatever reason, post-rock sometimes has ...


One Question Interviews Cayetana

Posted April 1, 2017, 5:27 p.m.

Kelly (Cayetana) SPB: If you could universally (and magically) fix one item at venues around the world, what would you upgrade or change? Kelly: If I'm being very honest ...

Extinction AD

One Question Interviews Extinction AD

Posted March 26, 2017, 4:39 p.m.

Rick Jiminez (Extinction A.D./This Is Hell – guitar/vocals) SPB: After music, what other arts interest you? Jiminez: Although music has been the focus of my life for as ...

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SPB exclusive: Bad Breeding

Records SPB exclusive: Bad Breeding

This month Scene Point Blank is happy to team up with Iron Lung Records to share the new Bad Breeding record, Divide. Out on April 7, it’s the band ...

Bad Breeding will be touring the US later this fall..
Speaking of Iron Lung Records, the label is turning 10 right now, with an April 7-9 celebration in Seattle.

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Hear the new Terror EP

MP3s Hear the new Terror EP

Posted April 23, 2017, 10:35 a.m.

Terror's new EP, out next Friday on Pure Noise Records, is streaming online now at Impericon Magazine. Titled The Walls Will Fall, the EP drops on April 28 and ...

Terror Tour Dates:5/10- Boston, Ma @ The Hardcore Stadium5/11- Syracuse, Ny @ TBA5/12- Philadelphia, Pa @ Underground Arts5/13- Fayetteville, Nc @ Drunk Horse Pub5/14- West Columbia, Sc @ New Brookland Tavern5/15- St. Petersburg, Fl @ Local 6625/16- Jacksonville, Fl @ Nighthawks5/17- Atlanta, Ga @ MJQ5/18- Louisville, Ky @ Spinelli’s Pizza5/19- Erie, Pa @ Basement Transitions5/20- Waterfront, Ny @ Dukes Grove5/21- New York, Ny @ Webster Hall *BNB BOWL

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Western Settings Pouzza Tour

Tours Western Settings Pouzza Tour

Posted April 22, 2017, 4:36 p.m.

In route to Pouzza Fest in Montreal on May 19 (which they're also playing), San Diego's Western Settingss will be making a trek across North American with stops ...

Tour Dates:5/12 - San Diego, CA at Tower Bar5/13 - San Francisco, CA at El Rio5/14 - Salt Lake City, UT5/15 - Denver, CO at Summit Hall (Moon Room)5/16 - Omaha, NE at The Drinkery5/17 - Chicago, IL at Subterranean5/18 - Toronto, Canada at Smiling Buddha5/19 - Montreal, Canada at Pouzza Fest5/20 - New York, NY at Fat Baby5/21 - Pittsburgh, PA at Ruggers Pub5/22 - Ft. Wayne, IN at Brass Rail5/23 - Kansas City, MO at Riot Room5/25 - Tempe, AZ at Yucca Tap Room5/26 - Anaheim, CA at Out Of The Park Pizza

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Jawbreaker reunites for Riot Fest 2017

Shows Jawbreaker reunites for Riot Fest 2017

Posted April 22, 2017, 4:21 p.m.

In a non-April Fool's Day post, a reformed Jawbreaker are among headliners to play Riot Fest 2017, along with M.I.A., Wu-Tang Clan, and a DJ set from ...

RIOT FEST 2017’S FIRST WAVE OF ARTISTS: Nine Inch Nails (Friday), Queens of the Stone Age (Saturday), Jawbreaker (Sunday), New Order, Paramore, Prophets of Rage, M.I.A., Wu-Tang Clan, Mike D (DJ Set), A Day To Remember, Gogol Bordello, Taking Back Sunday, Vic Mensa, Dirty Heads, TV on the Radio, Ministry, Dinosaur Jr., New Found Glory, Death From Above 1979, Bad Brains, FIDLAR, Action Bronson, Pennywise, Built to Spill, X, Peaches, The Lawrence Arms, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Orwells, Bayside, Say Anything, Mayday Parade, Streetlight Manifesto, Dead Cross, Minus the Bear, The Menzingers, LIARS, GWAR, Buzzcocks, GBH, Real Friends, Hot Water Music, Shabazz Palaces, Andrew W.K., Fishbone, The Story So Far, State Champs, Four Year Strong, Beach Slang, The Cribs, that dog., Knuckle Puck, Chon, Slaves, The Hotelier, The Flatliners, Dessa, Saul Williams, Nothing More, Alice Bag, Tobacco, Sleep On It, Downtown Boys, Engine 88, The Smith Street Band, The Regrettes, HDBeenDope, Gazebos, Kitten Forever and featuring Hellzapoppin’ Circus Sideshow Revue, plus 25+ more artists to be announced!

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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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