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Loren's last content update – Dec. 7, 2019, 1:52 p.m.

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Introducing The Fleshies, 2019

8.0 / 10
200 Words Or Less

Sure, I know of Fleshies but I don’t really know them. I’ve heard the hits over the years, but I’m coming at Introducing The Fleshies from a relatively clean slate. And it’s ...

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Positive Disintegration, 2019

7.8 / 10

Positive Disintegration is an ideal name for this album, the follow-up to Positive Energy, which DIÄT released in 2015. The record is dreary post-punk with a lot of repetition and monotone vocals ...

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Full Sun

Thinkin’ About It, 2019

7.7 / 10

There are certain musical styles where I struggle as a reviewer to offer you my deep thoughts beyond yay or nay. Power-pop is definitely one of those areas, and that’s ...

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Petty Larcenists

Stolen Chords and Lifted Riffs, 2019

8.0 / 10

You’ve heard of no depression music? I’m coining a new term here: depression punk.Opening song “Loud and Ugly” might be a good description of vocalist Jesse Thorson’s approach in general. ...

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Dillinger Four - 25th anniversary

Interviews Dillinger Four - 25th anniversary

Posted Dec. 2, 2019, 2:40 p.m.

A long, long time ago, Scene Point Blank sat backstage at the Triple Rock before a Dillinger Four show. The goal was to capture an oral history of the band ...


Interviews Drakulas

Posted Dec. 2, 2019, 2:25 p.m.

Gangs, porno, and video game addiction. That’s the hook right there, but we’ll keep going. With Drakulas, a band featuring familiar faces from Riverboat Gamblers and Rise Against ...

Tired Of Everything

One Question Interviews Tired Of Everything

Posted Nov. 16, 2019, 12:02 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Will Butler (Tired of Everything – vocals) SPB: Tired Of Everything is your first time singing in a band. Between your first show and today, what have you done to shape ...

Cattle Decapitation

One Question Interviews Cattle Decapitation

Posted Nov. 15, 2019, 8:53 p.m.

Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation) SPB: What is the worst you’ve been screwed by a venue or promoter? (No need to name names…unless there is.) Ryan: There's a ...

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SPB exclusive: Notches - New Kinda Love

Records SPB exclusive: Notches - New Kinda Love

To end 2019, Scene Point Blank is featuring the brand new LP New Kinda Love by Notches. It is the third record from the Seacoast, NH trio, following last year ...

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American Nightmare EP

Bands American Nightmare EP

Posted Dec. 7, 2019, 1:52 p.m.

American Nightmare have announced a late winter tour with Ceremony, kicking off next February. In conjunction, the band will release the new Life Support EP on Feb. 14 via Deathwish ...

American Nightmare - On Tour:
02/13 – Boston, MA @ Royale *02/14 – New York City @ Brooklyn Steel *02/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts *02/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom *02/20 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick *02/21 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *02/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Hall *02/25 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater *02/26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex Grand *02/28 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne *02/29 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial Theatre *03/01 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox *03/06 – San Fransisco, CA @ The Fillmore03/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda * w/ Ceremony

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Out now, listen to the new Gino and the Goons

MP3s Out now, listen to the new Gino and the Goons

Posted Dec. 7, 2019, 1:25 p.m.

Founded in 2007, Gino and the Goons are back with another blast of r 'n' r in the form of Off the Rails, releasted on Dec. 6 on Big Neck ...

Personality Cult on Dirtnap

Records Personality Cult on Dirtnap

Posted Dec. 7, 2019, 12:56 p.m.

For Valentine's Day next year, Dirtnap Records will release the latest LP by Personality Cult. It follows the group's Drunken Sialor self-titled record and was produced by Jeff ...

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The Hold Steady @ SurlyFest

Posted Oct. 18, 2018, 9:45 p.m. by Loren

SurlyFest 2018 The Hold Steady, Bad Bad Hats, Mixed Blood Majority, Static Panic, Rachel Kurtz, DJ Shannon Blowtorch Festival Field (Surly Brewing Company) Minneapolis, MN October 13, 2018   SurlyFest ...

Surly Darkness Day 2018 (Saturday)

Posted Oct. 9, 2018, 9:12 p.m. by Loren

Angerot, God Came From Space, Off With Their Heads, Khemmis, Murder City Devils, Carcass Somerset Amphitheater Somerset, WI September 29, 2018   Photo gallery below

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 ...

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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