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Loren

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Loren's last content update – Aug. 11, 2020, 8:56 p.m.

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Loren's most recent reviews
Era Bleak - Era Bleak album cover

Era Bleak

Era Bleak, 2020

8.5 / 10

It’s really tough for me to review this full-length. Why? Because I loved the band’s demo tape and it’s really hard to separate the two releases. The self-titled official debut here has ...

The Lawrence Arms - Skeleton Coast album cover

The Lawrence Arms

Skeleton Coast, 2020

8.0 / 10

When a band is releasing its third new record since 2006, you’d expect some inconsistency. The Lawrence Arms seem to be timeless though. With Skeleton Coast they pick right up where they ...

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Chain Whip

14 Lashes , 2020

8.4 / 10

This is the kind of hardcore that makes my throat hurt just listening. It’s also the kind of hardcore where I can’t sit still while listening, even when tethered to ...

Inject the Light - The Apocalypse Is Boring album cover

Inject the Light

The Apocalypse Is Boring, 2020

7.3 / 10

Inject the Light is a time capsule, a one-person project from Chris Mason that’s about living in the moment of the COVID-19 lockdowns. Mason, who has also plays with Low Culture and Macho ...

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SpiritWorld

One Question Interviews SpiritWorld

Posted Aug. 11, 2020, 8:56 p.m.

Stu Folsom (SpiritWorld) SPB: Your musical inspiration (heavy + country) combines two worlds. Was that part of the concept behind the project’s name, which is also a melding of two ...

Bar Tape

One Question Interviews Bar Tape

Posted July 22, 2020, 6:56 p.m.

Cory (Bar Tape) SPB: If I understand correctly, you’re all US expats now living in Dublin. Was it hard to acclimate to the scene in a new country? Cory ...

Kepi Ghoulie

One Question Interviews Kepi Ghoulie

Posted July 20, 2020, 7:59 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Kepi Ghoulie SPB: What guitar do you use in your solo material, and how did choose this model? Kepi: Lately is has been a Martin 00-15M acoustic. I am on ...

Dwarves

One Question Interviews Dwarves

Posted July 4, 2020, 12:17 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Marc Diamond aka The Fresh Prince of Darkness (The Dwarves) SPB: What is your gear setup when playing with the Dwarves and why did you choose what you did? The ...

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SPB exclusive: Raging Nathans - Live From Wonkfest

Records SPB exclusive: Raging Nathans - Live From Wonkfest

We’re doing something a little different this month with our featured stream. Raging Nathans, from Dayton, OH, just released their third full-length Oppositional Defiance on July 24. While that ...

 
Oppositional Defiance + Live From Wonkfest are available from Rad Girlfriend Records.
To see the full track listing on the stream, hit the + button in the corner.

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Junior Bruce share new track

Records Junior Bruce share new track

Posted Aug. 9, 2020, 8:36 a.m.

Junior Bruce is back with the new Pray For Death, a full-length set for Oct. 30 release on Sludgelord Records. The Florida-based band has a new song from the album ...

Pray For Death by Junior Bruce

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Boris back catalog offerings

Bands Boris back catalog offerings

Posted Aug. 8, 2020, 11:42 a.m.

As of yesterday, Boris has started to share some out-of-print catalog items from the band's impressive discography on bandcamp. In what will be a six-volume archive series, the band ...

Here is their catalog.

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The Menzingers stay at home

Records The Menzingers stay at home

Posted Aug. 8, 2020, 10:47 a.m.

We're beginning to see the artistic fruits of this year's stay at home orders. In something-new-something-old record called From Exile, The Menzingers have reimaged their 2019 record Hello ...

From Exile by The Menzingers
From Exile Track Listing:
America (You're Freaking Me Out) (From Exile)Anna (From Exile) High School Friend (From Exile) Last To Know (From Exile) Strangers Forever (From Exile) Hello Exile (From Exile) Portland (From Exile) Strain Your Memory (From Exile)I Can't Stop Drinking (From Exile)Strawberry Mansion (From Exile) London Drugs (From Exile)Farewell Youth (From Exile)

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Dillinger Four 25th anniversary @ First Avenue

Posted Dec. 15, 2019, 12:28 p.m. by Loren

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 ...

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 ...

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: https://twitter.com/lorenmgreen.

Loren's favorite bands

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

Loren's SPB contributions

498 reviews 734 features 6287 news posts 16 blogposts
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