Loren

Editor in Chief — Minneapolis

Loren's latest post – July 26, 2021

Biography

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: https://twitter.com/lorenmgreen.

Favorite bands

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

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Bootlicker

Self-Titled
Neon Waste, Static Shock Records (2021)

Rough and tough d-beat, oi-influenced punk with a boot on the cover. If you follow the scene you probably already have a sense of what Bootlicker sounds like based on that alone. Released on Neon Waste (USA/Canada) and Static Shock (UK), this is Discharge-influenced punk that pulls no punches. It’s angry, shouty, and aggressive as all get-out with memorable lyrics … Read more

The Dumpies

Drunk Dial #8
Drunk Dial Records (2021)

A quick word on the Drunk Dial series. Basically, the label asks bands to get intoxicated, then record an original a-side and a cover b-side.On #8, we get The Dumpies, who deliver 4 songs at a total runtime of five minutes. It’s fast, catchy and harmonized rough-around-the-edges garage-punk goodness. Take some of your favorite garage bands and speed them up. … Read more

Jason Paul + the Know It Alls

Alien or Martian?
Broken Anchor Recordings (2021)

I’d seen the name Jason Paul + the Know It Alls around a few times but never really looked into them -- which is a shame, seeing that they share members with a personal favorite, Toys That Kill. It took ‘em four records, but I’m finally checking out the brand new Alien or Martian?, released this April.Suffice to say there are a … Read more

Needles//Pins

Needles//Pins
Dirt Cult (2021)

Needles//Pins have all the familiar elements of pop-structured punk. Yet, at the same time, it’s hard to distill their sound to a single scene or subgenre. It’s melodic; it’s gruff; it’s sing-along. But it’s not really angry, fist-in-the-air cynicism. There’s an uplifting vibe underneath the coarse offering that soars instead of cycles. Off the top of my head, there are … Read more

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Silent

Interviews / Don't Quit Your Day Job • June 22, 2021

There are a lot of misconceptions about the life of a musician. The old rock star image of bright lights, fast living and traveling with an entourage is almost patently false. Most musicians have day jobs –- and not just to pay the bills. Jobs provide new challenges, personal fulfillment and, yes, some rent or gas money. And usually when … Read more

The Mimes

Interviews • May 15, 2021

The Mimes is a Cincinnati three-piece consisting of Maura Weaver, Megan Schroer, and John Hoffman, formed in isolation and making the most of a unique situation where the three long-time friends and musicians formed a Covid bubble to make something new while stepping outside of the boundaries of their other bands (which include Vacation, Ogikubo Station, and Homeless Gospel Choir). … Read more

Body Stuff

Interviews / Don't Quit Your Day Job • April 18, 2021

There are a lot of misconceptions about the life of a musician. The old rock star image of bright lights, fast living and traveling with an entourage is almost patently false. Most musicians have day jobs –- and not just to pay the bills. Jobs provide new challenges, personal fulfillment and, yes, some rent or gas money. And usually when … Read more

Shellshag

Interviews • February 1, 2021

In 2020 I spent a lot of time online -- we all did. I also spent a lot of time emailing with Shellshag, which we eventually decided to turn into a full-on interview. Part one, already published, takes a deep look at the digital streaming model and proposes that band’s take back what is theirs. Part two keeps a finger … Read more

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Search/Play/Repeat - April 2021

Posted by Loren • April 28, 2021

Welcome to Search/Play/Repeat, a playlist blog here at SPB. Aaron normally posts these, but he’s working on some other fun stuff so I figured I’d take a stab at it. I feel old quite a bit these days. It’s probably a mix of a disproportionately gray beard and not ever … Read more

Dillinger Four 25th anniversary @ First Avenue

Posted by Loren • December 15, 2019

Dillinger Four 25th anniversary show @ First Avenue Dillinger Four, Pegboy, The Brokedowns, Partial Traces First Avenue Minneapolis, MN December 14, 2019 I would never call Dillinger Four a soft-spoken band, but they are also very modest one. This was one full display again last night for their 25th anniversary … Read more

The Hold Steady @ SurlyFest

Posted by Loren • October 18, 2018

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 is an annual tradition hailed by the brewery as a metaphor for their overall approach to beer. Much like Dogfish … Read more

Surly Darkness Day 2018 (Saturday)

Posted by Loren • October 9, 2018

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

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SPB exclusive: Can This Be It?? 4-band split stream

Posted in Records on July 1, 2021

There is no single way to make music, or to release it for that matter. At Scene Point Blank we feature a new record (nearly) each month, but some are full-lengths of new material, some are EPs, some collect old material, and some are compilations. There are so many ways … Read more

Howlin' Banana's summer sampler 2021

Posted in MP3s on July 26, 2021

French label Howlin' Banana recently shared its 8th annual summer sampler, a free collection of singles, b-sides, and previously unreleased tracks and demos from the label's roster. The name-your-price download includes songs by Johnny Mafia, Pop Crimes, Tapeworms, Eggs, Gloria, and more.    Read more full track listing: 1. Johnny … Read more

Tin Can Collective Live In The Living Room

Posted in Videos on July 26, 2021

Following the July 16 release of their fourth full-length, Axiomatic Alarm Clock, The Tin Can Collective ha scheduled a "Live In The Living Room" recorded concert for streaming via their YouTube channel. The Long Island, NY-based band is known for their relatable and down-to-earth approach and playing from the confines … Read more

Expanded Ruminations of Conor Oberst

Posted in Records on July 25, 2021

As of Friday July 23, an expanded edition of Conor Oberst’s Ruminations is now available on all formats via Nonesuch Records. The record, originally released in 2016 as Oberst's first solo album, now includes five bonus tracks and an etching on side D of the double LP. It was initially released … Read more