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Loren's last content update – April 9, 2020, 8:36 p.m.

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The Eradicator - Peak Eradicator album cover

The Eradicator

Peak Eradicator, 2019

7.1 / 10

Hoo boy! What am I really supposed to say to introduce The Eradicator. The concept is based on a Kids in the Hall sketch, and it definitely draws some inspiration. But it’s ...

Wolf-Face - Still Golden album cover


Still Golden, 2019

7.4 / 10

Teen Wolf itself is goofy but with some surprisingly poignant metaphors. Wolf-Face is the same, straddling its own bizarro stance between cartoonish monsters, high school, adolescence, melodrama and real, honest emotion. ...

Bad Year - My Escape album cover

Bad Year

My Escape, 2019

7.6 / 10

Snappy Little Numbers make some snappy packaging. Cover art, one-sided vinyl and specialty colors shouldn’t drive musical decision-making but, let’s face it, in the digital era it definitely makes a ...

Black Lips - …Sing In a World That’s Falling Apart album cover

Black Lips

…Sing In a World That’s Falling Apart, 2020

7.0 / 10

In an era of heart-on-sleeve Americana, the Black Lips are up to something else on …Sing In a World That’s Falling Apart. Black Lips approach Americana in this record in half ...

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World Domination, Inc.

One Question Interviews World Domination, Inc.

Posted March 31, 2020, 5:24 p.m.

Jeff Moses (World Domination, Inc. / 월드 도미네이션 인코퍼레이트) SPB: How do you find the international artists who are on the label?  Moses: All of the bands on our label come ...

Screaming Females

One Question Interviews Screaming Females

Posted March 30, 2020, 5:18 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Marissa (Screaming Females) SPB: How does your choice of guitar define the Screaming Females sound? Marissa: I never put much thought into what sort of guitar I wanted to play ...

Debt Neglector

One Question Interviews Debt Neglector

Posted March 29, 2020, 11:18 a.m.

Alex (Debt Neglector) SPB: Songs about girls: yay or nay? (Why? Any favorite examples?)  Alex: Songs about girls are fine I guess if it’s done respectfully. Some of my ...

Kitten Forever

One Question Interviews Kitten Forever

Posted March 22, 2020, 10:03 a.m.
What's That Noise?

Kitten Forever SPB: You change instruments at points in your set. How do you make sure that you have the best setup for all 3 of you on a given ...

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SPB exclusive: Sorespot - Gifts of Consciousness

Records SPB exclusive: Sorespot - Gifts of Consciousness

The latest featured stream at Scene Point Blank comes from Sorespot. Titled Gifts of Consciousness, the record releases on April 3 on Midnight Werewolf Records and showcases distorted, harsh pop ...

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photo by Sorespot

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The Polyvinyl Stay Home compilation

Labels The Polyvinyl Stay Home compilation

Posted April 9, 2020, 8:36 p.m.

As artists struggle to earn income amid COVID-19 concerns and limited to non-existent touring options, Polyvinyl Record Co. is releasing a new compilation called Stay Home to help benefit artists ...

Stay Home Track listing:
01. Owen - "Me" (The 1975)02. Yumi Zouma - "Mirror To The Fire" (HGP Version)03. of Montreal - "Peace To All Freaks" (Demo)04. Chris Farren - "Green Eyes" (Previously Unreleased)05. Palehound - "Something On Your Mind" (Karen Dalton)06. Anna Burch - "Every Feeling" (from If You're Dreaming – out now)07. STRFKR - "Never The Same" (Demo)08. Squirrel Flower - "Icy Blue Heart" (Emmylou Harris)09. Radiation City - "Port Townsend" (Previously Unreleased)10. Pedro The Lion - "Model Homes" (from Phoenix – out now)11. Post Animal - "Post Animal" (from Forward Motion Godyssey – out now)12. The Get Up Kids - "Satellite" (Trashy Demo No Bass)13. Hazel English - "California Dreamin’" (The Mamas & The Papas)14. Xiu Xiu - "Haenim" (Kim Jung Mi)15. Kero Kero Bonito - "When The Fires Come" (from Civilisation I – out now)16. Anamanaguchi - "Sunset By Plane" (from [USA] – out now)
Picture: Chris Farren

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Barren's Penumbra

Records Barren's Penumbra

Posted April 9, 2020, 7:55 p.m.

The debut full-length from post-rock group Barrens is streaming now via Ghost Cult Magazine. Titled Penumbra, the record releases this Friday on Pelagic Records. Describes as a mix of the ...

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Rogue Wave's charitable single, "Aesop Rock"

MP3s Rogue Wave's charitable single, "Aesop Rock"

Posted April 9, 2020, 7:26 p.m.

Following a two-year hiaturs, Rogue Wave are back with a single titled "Aesop Rock." The track itself is shared below -- and is named in reference to a song by the ...

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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:

Loren's favorite bands

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

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