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Loren's last content update – Oct. 15, 2018, 8:48 p.m.

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Maniac - Dead Dance Club album cover


Dead Dance Club, 2018

7.5 / 10

Across the board Maniac reminds me of several bands. The vocal timbre of lead vocalist Zache Davis recalls Mark Ryan (Marked Men) and so does the rhythm section, though it’s ...

Four Fists - 6666 album cover

Four Fists

6666, 2018

7.5 / 10

Four sixes, four fists, two rappers and some punchy production that’s equally space age and heavy hitting. It’s my own interpretation here, but the group name is more a reference ...

Chain Whip - Chain Whip album cover

Chain Whip

Chain Whip, 2018

7.7 / 10

There’s angry music that’s angry in tone, and there’s angry by trope. Chain Whip is just plum angry. When Josh shouts, the first instinct is to take a step back ...

La Armada  - Anti-Colonial Vol. 1 album cover

La Armada

Anti-Colonial Vol. 1, 2018

7.3 / 10
200 Words Or Less

I usually lean more melodic than heavy in my daily listening. But there’s a time and place for everything, and La Armada definitely hit that craving for pure vitriolic aggression. ...

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The Penske File

One Question Interviews The Penske File

Posted Oct. 13, 2018, 5:06 a.m.

Travis (The Penske File) SPB: Has your band ever been robbed on the road? (Did you recover any of your losses?)  Travis: I would love to answer no to this ...

Barrence Whitfield & the Savages

One Question Interviews Barrence Whitfield & the Savages

Posted Oct. 13, 2018, 5:04 a.m.

Barrence Whitfield & the Savages SPB: What is your favorite restaurant to visit on tour? Barrence Whitfield & the Savages: BBQ anywhere southern U.S.A

Burger Records

One Question Interviews Burger Records

Posted Oct. 13, 2018, 5:02 a.m.

Sean Bohrman (Burger Records) SPB: What is the most touching or memorable thing a fan has told you about the label? Sean: It's happened a few times, but inspiring ...


One Question Interviews Pandemix

Posted Sept. 23, 2018, 5:07 a.m.

Shannon (Pandemix) SPB: Who is your favorite lyricist? Shannon: Vi Subversa of Poison Girls. The way that she weaves the personal into the political until they are indistinguishable from each ...

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SPB giveaway: I Against I + Switch Bones CDs

Site News SPB giveaway: I Against I + Switch Bones CDs

Scene Point Blank is excited to team up with White Russian Records for a label giveaway including the newest CDs by I Against I and Switch Bones. We reviewed I ...

Switch Bones – And In Darkness I Found

I Against I – Small Waves

Catch Switch Bones live in the Netherlands:
Oct 13 - Oss (NL)*Oct 19 - Venlo (NL)*Nov 3 - Rotterdam (NL)* - Release showNov 11 - Hilversum (NL)Dec 7 - Deurne (NL)*Dec 14 - Zwolle (NL)** All part of a travelling festival that's called ''Popronde''
I Against I is also on tour:
Oct. 25 – Paard – Den Haag
Oct. 28 – Morning Wood Fest – Drachten
Nov. 22 – Sugarfactory – Amsterdam
Nov. 23 – Hedon – Zwolle
Dec. 1 – Mezz – Breda
Dec. 15 – Kade – Zaandam
Dec. 16 – W2 – Den bosch
Jan. 5 – De Schuit – Katwijk
May 1-3 – Sbamfest 3 Wels (AT)

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SPB exclusive: Listen to the debut full-length from Color TV

Records SPB exclusive: Listen to the debut full-length from Color TV

Scene Point Blank is proud to debut the first full-length from Color TV, out next month on Deranged Records. The 10-song self-titled album follows several 7” singles. On their debut ...

Order Color TV now from Deranged Records and catch them on tour.
Tue, 10/9 - Minneapolis, MN @ Mortimer’sWed, 10/10 - Minot, ND @ The Blue RiderThu, 10/11 - Missoula, MT @ Union BallroomFri, 10/12 - Seattle, WA @ Pizza PalaceSat, 10/13 - Portland, OR @ BlackwaterSun, 10/14 - Reno, NV @ The Holland ProjectMon, 10/15 - Oakland, CA @ Octopus Literary SalonTue, 10/16 - Los Angeles, CA @ The ResidentWed, 10/17 - Phoenix, AZ @ LunchboxThu, 10/18 - Albuquerque, NM @ Moonlight LoungeFri, 10/19 - Denver, CO @ 7th CircleSat, 10/20 - Omaha, NE @ Petshop

Photo by Connie Voltaire

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Brendan Kelly and The Wandering Birds return

Records Brendan Kelly and The Wandering Birds return

Posted Oct. 14, 2018, 8:33 p.m.

Brendan Kelly and The Wandering Birds have announced a new album, out this month in digital formats. Titled Keep Walkin' Pal, the album releases digitally on Oct. 26 and will ...

Brendan Kelly and The Wandering Birds - 2018 Tour Dates:10/28 – Gainesville, FL @ The Fest12/1 – Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village12/6 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie (with Sincere Engineer)12/7 – Somerville, MA @ ONCE (with Sincere Engineer)12/8 – Brooklyn, NY @ Gold Sounds (with Sincere Engineer1/11 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club (with Sincere Engineer)1/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Resident1/19 – San Diego, CA @ Tower Bar
KEEP WALKIN’ PAL  track listing:01. Keep Walkin’ Pal02. Shitty Margarita03. Huggz04. The Lies05. Black Cat Boy06. Up In Them Guts07. Boardin’ USA!08. The Ballad of Buffalo Bill09. Bottle and Tray10. I’m The Man

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Birds in Row on tour with KEN Mode

Tours Birds in Row on tour with KEN Mode

Posted Oct. 14, 2018, 8:20 p.m.

Birds In Row, fresh off the release of We Already Lost the World, is currently on tour with KEN Mode. The bands are playing dates together in the US and ...

Birds In Row — On Tour
Oct 14 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen*Oct 15 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar*Oct 16 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone*Oct 18 – Atlanta, GA @ Basement*Oct 19 – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern*Oct 20 – Falls Church, VA @ VFW 9278*Oct 21 – Boston, MA @ Once Ballroom*Oct 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie*Oct 23 – Portland, ME @ Geno’s*Oct 24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus*Oct 25 – Rochester, NY @ Photo City*Oct 26 – Toronto, ON @ Bovine Sex Club*Oct 27 – Montreal, QC @ Turbo Haus*Oct 28 – Quebec City, QC @ L'Anti*Oct 29 – Ottawa, ON @ House of Targ** w/ KEN ModeWe Already Lost the World — Track Listing1. We Count So We Don’t Have To Listen2. Love Is Political3. We vs. Us4. Remember Us Better Than We Are5. I Don’t Dance6. 15-387. Triste Sire8. Morning9. Fossils
European tour w/Birds In Row & CoilgunsNov 15 Joué, FR @ Temps MachineNov 16 Orléans, FR @ AstrolabeNov 17 Bordeaux, FR @ VoidNov 18 Toulouse, FR @ RexNov 19 Montpellier, FR @ BlacksheepNov 20 Clermont, FR @ RaymondNov 21 Lausanne, CH @ RomandieNov 22 Besancon, FR @ L'AntonnoirNov 23 Kalsruhe, DE @ Die StadtmitteNov 24 Gigors, FR @ CBGC'sNov 25 Milano, IT @ MagnoliaNov 27 Nantes, FR @ Le FerrailleurNov 28 Le Havre, FR @ Fort de TournevilleNov 29 Paris, FR @ Le Petit BainDec 1 London, UK @ MacBethDec 2 Brussels, BE @ Magasin4
October 15 update: added European dates

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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 ...

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 ...

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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