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Loren's last content update – Feb. 20, 2017, 12:02 p.m.

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Mind Spiders - Prosthesis album cover

Mind Spiders

Prosthesis, 2016

8.0 / 10

Mind Spiders continues to be a very accurate name as the sound evolves.The one-time “solo” Mark Ryan project was to be his creative space for worlds outside of the garage-punk ...

Civil War Rust - Help Wanted album cover

Civil War Rust

Help Wanted, 2015

7.0 / 10

With Help Wanted, California’s Civil War Rust aren’t inventing any new sounds but they’re delivering heartfelt, direct punk rock in a familiar and comforting tone. It leans more toward the ...

Various Artists - Wonk Unit/Raging Nathans - split album cover

Various Artists

Wonk Unit/Raging Nathans - split, 2016

8.0 / 10
200 Words Or Less

This split 7” from a US band and a UK band carries a surprisingly unified sound over its four songs, two from each band. The record starts with Raging Nathans ...

Pears - Green Star album cover


Green Star, 2016

6.8 / 10

It’s been a while since I thought about the Fat Wreck effect, where a band signs to the San Francisco label and then releases a notably “Fat styled” album. Propagandhi’s ...

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Bong Mountain

One Question Interviews Bong Mountain

Posted Feb. 20, 2017, 12:02 p.m.

Bong Mountain SPB: What’s your favorite protest song? Bong Mountain: The serious, educational, and inspirational protest songs that have helped me through tough times just aren't enough right ...


One Question Interviews Magana

Posted Feb. 18, 2017, 1:17 p.m.

Magana SPB: Do you get nervous before you play a show? Magana: Yep!  There are 2 distinct phase of nervousness. The first one is my self-manager side. Did I do ...

Magnetic Ghost

One Question Interviews Magnetic Ghost

Posted Feb. 12, 2017, 1:03 p.m.

Andy (Magnetic Ghost) SPB: What is the weirdest venue you’ve played a show at (or attended)? Magnetic Ghost: Seattle house show that wasn't in a house, but was ...

Body Stuff

One Question Interviews Body Stuff

Posted Feb. 6, 2017, 7:08 p.m.

Curran Reynolds (Body Stuff) SPB: Do you make a conscious decision to reference or deviate from past material when working on Body Stuff? Reynolds: The Body Stuff approach is to ...

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SPB exclusive: Brad Pot

Records SPB exclusive: Brad Pot

This month Scene Point Blank is pleased to host the debut of Brad Pot’s newest album, Brad Pot, available March 3 from Slovenly. The Melbourne, Australia band plays horned-up ...

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Breakin' Even Fest 2

Shows Breakin' Even Fest 2

Posted Feb. 20, 2017, 10:13 a.m.

In Washington DC, Breakin' Even Fest 2 will take place May 5-6 at Songbyrd. The two-day festival returns for a second go-around with headliners including The Sidekicks, Worriers, Pkew Pkew ...

FRIDAY May 5The SidekicksPkew Pkew PkewDot DashDead End LaneFlowerbomb
SATURDAY May 6RestorationsWorriersHonah LeeAspigaBoardroom HeroesAmerican TelevisionTeen DeathMore AM Than FM

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Meat Wave streams The Incessant

MP3s Meat Wave streams The Incessant

Posted Feb. 18, 2017, 9:41 p.m.

Meat Wave's new album, The Incessant, is streaming online at Noisey. Released yesterday on SideOneDummy, the album was recorded by Steve Albini and is their first for the label ...

The Damned coming to USA

Bands The Damned coming to USA

Posted Feb. 18, 2017, 7:48 p.m.

As The Damned celebrate the 40th anniversary of their classic Damned Damned Damned record with a special reissue, they are also setting out on a world tour. The band recently ...

NORTH AMERICAN SHOWS 2017:April 6 - Los Angeles, CA - Belasco Theater <<<April 7 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues ***April 8 - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues ***April 9 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues ***April 11 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore ***April 12 - Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades ***April 14 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom ***April 15 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore ***April 16 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox ***April 18 - Salt Lake City, U - The Depot ***April 19 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall ***April 21 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall ***April 22 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line ***April 23 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues ***April 24 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom ***April 26 – Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe at Old National Ctr. ***April 27 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s ***April 28 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues ***April 29 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall ^^^April 30 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Theatre ^^^May 2 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda ^^^May 4 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club ^^^May 5 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw ^^^May 6 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony ^^^May 7 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA ^^^May 9 - Baltimore, MD - Sound Stage ^^^May 11 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade/Heaven ^^^May 12 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House Of Blues ^^^May 13 - St, Petersburg, FL – State Theater ^^^May 14 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution ^^^May 16 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues ^^^May 17 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues ^^^May 18 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues ^^^May 19 - Austin, TX - Mohawk Outdoors ^^^May 21- Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theater ^^^
<<< w/ Alice Bag & The Sissy Bears*** w/ Bleached^^^ w/ The BellRays

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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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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:

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Dillinger Four, Arrivals, Brokedowns, Tim Version, Weakerthans, Broadways, The Blind Shake, Tiltwheel, Fugazi

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