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American Steel - State of Grace album cover

American Steel

State of Grace, 2018

8.7 / 10

American Steel always felt a bit under the radar, despite releasing albums on Lookout and Fat Wreck. While they’ve been on well-known labels, they don’t get the same accolades as ...

Dark/Light - Dark Slash Light album cover


Dark Slash Light, 2018

7.3 / 10

Portland’s Dark/Light pronounces their name phonetically, including the punctuation. They’re doubling down on that element by naming this 7”, released this past June, Dark Slash Light. SPB had the pleasure of ...

Hot Snakes - Jericho Sirens album cover

Hot Snakes

Jericho Sirens, 2018

8.4 / 10

Hot Snakes first formed in 1999 and ran until 2005. They re-formed in 2011 for some tours and finally bring the rock in the new album Jericho Sirens, released in early ...

Neighborhood Brats - Claw Marks album cover

Neighborhood Brats

Claw Marks, 2018

8.6 / 10

I’ve always liked Neighborhood Brats, but I don’t remember the band having so much variation in sound. Over 11 songs, this record maintains their melodic and forward-moving punk but with ...

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Ogikubo Station

One Question Interviews Ogikubo Station

Posted Jan. 30, 2019, 8:05 p.m.

Maura (Ogikubo Station) SPB: How did Ogikubo Station come to be?  Maura: I was visiting my sister in Oakland and hanging out with my friend Danielle Bailey from the band ...

Good Touch

One Question Interviews Good Touch

Posted Jan. 29, 2019, 7:12 p.m.

Good Touch SPB: What do your parents think of your music? (Related: Are they likely to read this?)  Adrien: My mom has always been supportive. Like a lot of older ...

American Steel

One Question Interviews American Steel

Posted Jan. 27, 2019, 7:45 p.m.

John Peck (American Steel) SPB: With the band spread out geographically, how did you approach writing the new material? How was it different than songwriting in the past? Peck: As ...

Clown Sounds

Interviews Clown Sounds

Posted Jan. 27, 2019, 4:10 p.m.

Last year Clown Sounds released its debut LP, Preacher Maker on Recess Records. While the band name may be unfamiliar to some, frontman Todd Congelliere has a long history of ...

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SPB exclusive: Reconciler  - Set Us Free

Records SPB exclusive: Reconciler - Set Us Free

This month Scene Point Blank is excited to host the debut full-length from Atlanta’s Reconciler. Titled Set Us Free, the album comes out on February 1 on A-F Records ...

The band also has three release shows scheduled in the southeastern US. Pre-orders are available from A-F now.

Reconciler on tour:
Jan 31st - Chattanooga, TN @ Palace Theatre w/ One-Timers
Feb 1st - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl w/ Debt Neglector, Jeremy Ray, Andrew Michael
Feb 2nd - Athen, GA @ Flicker w/ Debt Neglector, TBA 

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Ogikubo Station in the UK

Tours Ogikubo Station in the UK

Posted Feb. 16, 2019, noon

On the heels of last year's We Can Pretend full-length (Asian Man Records), duo Ogikubo Station have scheduled a UK tour this JUne. The band features Mike Park (Asian ...

Ogikubo Station June 2019 UK Tour Dates:
17.06.19 - Portsmouth - Edge of the Wedge - tickets18.06.19 - Exeter - The Cavern - tickets19.06.19 - Southampton - Joiners20.06.19 - Brighton - Prince Albert - tickets22.06.19 - Cheltenham - Frog and Fiddle - tickets23.06.19 - Swansea - Crowleys Rock Bar24.06.19 - Bristol - Exchange - tickets25.06.19 - London - New Cross Inn - tickets26.06.19 - Leicester - The Soundhouse - tickets27.06.19 - Stafford - Redrum - tickets28.06.19 - Manchester - The Castle - tickets29.06.19 - Glasgow - The 13th Note - tickets30.06.19 - Edinburgh - The Banshee Labyrinth

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Bloodshot Bill releases Come and Get Your Love Right Now

Records Bloodshot Bill releases Come and Get Your Love Right Now

Posted Feb. 16, 2019, 11:32 a.m.

Since beginning his music carer in 1998, Bloodshot Bill has more than 35 releases. Come and Get Your Love Right Now, released yesterday on Goner Records, is his seventh full-length ...

Come Get Your Love Right Now by Bloodshot Bill
Come And Get Your Love Right NowFebruary 15, 2019Goner Records
1 - Come Get Your Love2 - Take Me For A Ride3 - Stumble4 - Don't Say Goodbye5 - Only Girl6 - Know Myself7 - Hook Me8 - Do What You Do9 - Drivin'10 - Driftin' 11 - Don't Ever Go Away12 - Just Because13 - Drowning14 - I Don't Mind at All15 - One at a Time16 - Honey Dolling
Bloodshot Bill Live Dates:
2/15 GRAMPS - Miami FL2/16 GRAMPS - Miami FL2/17 DEBAUCH-A-RICO - San Juan, Puerto Rico2/21 SOURCE DE LA MARTINIERE - Quebec City QC2/22 L'ESCOGRIFFE - Montreal, QC *LP Launch*3/8 LUX - Rochester, NY3/9 GYPSY PARLOR - Buffalo, NY3/10 CALL THE OFFICE - London, ON (early show)3/15 SHIVER & SHAKE - Yellowknife, NWT3/16 SHIVER & SHAKE - Yellowknife, NWT4/11 ROADRUNNERS PARADISE - Berlin, Germany (* w/ Tandoori Knights)4/12 WILD WEEKEND - Mallorca, Spain *4/13 WILD WEEKEND - Mallorca, Spain *4/14 WILD WEEKEND - Mallorca, Spain *4/21 SMOKED MEAT PETES - Ile Perrot, QC (w/ The Hick-Ups)5/24 NASHVILLE BOOGIE - Nashville, TN5/25 NASHVILLE BOOGIE - Nashville, TN5/26 NASHVILLE BOOGIE - Nashville, TN6/1 Hi-Tone Memphis, TN (w/'s)6/7 STARGAZERS - Colorado Springs, CO (** w/ Reverend Horton Heat)6/8 MOXI THEATER - Greeley, CO **6/9 GASLIGHT SOCIAL - Casper, WY **6/11 PUB STATION - Billings, MT **6/12 REMINGTON BAR - Whitefish, MT **6/13 KNITTING FACTORY - Spokane, WA **6/14 WILD BUFFALO HOUSE OF MUSIC - Bellingham, WA **6/15 VENUE NIGHTCLUB - Vancouver, BC **6/16 DISTRIKT - Victoria, BC **6/18 SPIRIT BAR - Nelson, BC **6/19 NORTHERN BAR & STAGE - Fernie, BC **6/20 DICKENS - Calgary, AB **6/22 NORTH COUNTRY FAIR - Joussard, AB **6/25 STARLIGHT ROOM - Edmonton, AB **6/26 CAPITOL MUSIC CLUB - Saskatoon, SK **6/27 THE EXCHANGE - Regina, SK **6/28 PYRAMID CLUB - Winnipeg, MB **6/29 FINE LINE MUSIC CAFE - Minneapolis, MN **8/17 HI-TIDE SUMMER HOLIDAY - Asbury Park, NJ (w/ Deke Dickerson, The's)10/18-10/21 BAJA BOP Cruise from California to Mexico

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Spotlights are back with Love & Decay

Records Spotlights are back with Love & Decay

Posted Feb. 16, 2019, 11 a.m.

A new Spotlights drops on April 26. Titled Love & Decay, it is the band's first album as a trio, with touring drummer Chris Enriguez officially joining with Mario Quintero ...

Love & Decay track list:
Continue the Capsize
The Particle Noise
Far From Falling
Until The Bleeding Stops
The Age of Decay
Mountains Are Forever
The Beauty of Forgetting

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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 ...

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Loren's favorite bands

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

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