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Nathan G. O'Brien

Senior Staff Writer

Minneapolis, MN, USA

Nathan G. O'Brien's last content update – Dec. 10, 2019, 9:25 a.m.

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Various Artists - Rakta & Deafkids – Forma/Sigilo album cover

Various Artists

Rakta & Deafkids – Forma/Sigilo, 2019

8.0 / 10
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Brazilian act Rakta were at the forefront of the post-punk revival several years back, and continue to be one of more captivating crews working in what has become a sort ...

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Long Knife

Sewers of Babylon 7” , 2017

7.0 / 10
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Oh man, haven’t heard Long Knife’s name called in a long time. You can choose to split pubic hairs over whether they’re back or still here, but what’s not up for ...

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Fried Egg

Back and Forth 7”, 2017

7.0 / 10
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Fried Egg is hardcore punk band from Central Virginia. They rule. But that’s not important. What’s important is that I can’t possibly listen to a band named Fried Egg without ...

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Katastrof, 2017

7.0 / 10
200 Words Or Less

Oh Jesus Christ fuck yeah! It’s been a minute since I checked in on Scandi-core, a genre that at one time ruled my turntable. These days it has to be ...

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Scene Point Blank - Andy

One Question Interviews Scene Point Blank - Andy

Posted June 1, 2016, 3:31 a.m.

Andy SPB: How much does the music you listen to shape you as a person - is it difficult to separate yourself from the music, or is it who you are ...

Afraid of the Basement

One Question Interviews Afraid of the Basement

Posted Jan. 21, 2016, 11:56 p.m.

Elias (Afraid of the Basement) SPB: Your label and zine seems to take pride in nice-looking product. Talk about the difficulties funding such consistently aesthetically pleasing product at the DIY ...

DJ Trackstar

One Question Interviews DJ Trackstar

Posted July 11, 2015, 12:12 a.m.

DJ Trackstar SPB: Do you feel the value of a DJ has diminished in present day hip-hop? If so, do you see a resurgence on the horizon?  DJ Trackstar: Compared ...


One Question Interviews Vexx

Posted April 11, 2015, 7:14 p.m.

Ian (Vexx) SPB: How much does location and history (specifically Olympia, WA) influence you? Ian: I grew up in Singapore but the majority of my extended family lives in Washington ...

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Mannequin Pussy gets Romantic

Records Mannequin Pussy gets Romantic

Posted July 28, 2016, 1:21 p.m.

Philadelphia's Mannequin Pussy will release a new album on Oct. 28, Romantic. Out on Tiny Engines, it's the band's second full-length and a follow-up to 2014's ...

Upcoming Shows
JUL 25 - Gainesville, FL @ The Nest
JUL 27 - Orlando, FL @ SpacebarJUL 28 - Saint Petersburg, FL @ The BendsJUL 29 - Miami, FL @ Greg Knows WhereJUL 30 - Saint Augustine, FL @ Shanghai Nobby’sJUL 31 - Atlanta, GA @ The Sewing RoomAUG 01 - Nashville, TN @ Third Man RecordsAUG 02 - Charlotte, NC @ Lunchbox RecordsAUG 03 - Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong
Romantic - Track Listing
1. Kiss
2. Romantic3. Ten4. Emotional High5. Pledge6. Denial7. Everything8. Anything9. Meatslave One10. Hey, Steven11. Beside Yourself

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Shows Wrestlepalooza IV Set For June 14th

Posted May 13, 2014, 5:06 p.m.

Minneapolis, MN-based pro wrestling promotion F1RST Wrestling have announced the fourth installment of Wrestlepalooza will take place on June 14th at legendary downtown club First Avenue. Wrestlepalooza is a semi-regular ...

June 14th, 7:00 PM, First Avenue
"The Anarchist" Arik Cannon
Colt Cabana
"Playboy" Pete Huge
Zero Gravity
Horace The Psychopath
Sheik Ariya Daivari
The Crime Fighting Feline: Wildcat
The Charasmatic Canine: Yellow Dog
The North Star Express: Darin Corbin & Ryan Cruz
Banner Pilot live & much more.
More information and tickets available here.

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Records Murder City Devils Announce New Album, Tour Dates

Posted May 13, 2014, 3:31 p.m.

The Murder City Devils have announced a new album slated for release this August. The famed garage punk band, which was born out of the ashes of hardcore acts Area ...

8/17 - Portland, OR
8/20 - San Jose, CA
8/21 - San Francisco, CA
8/22 - San Francisco, CA
More dates TBA

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Videos Rich Newly Debuts Cali POV Video

Posted March 7, 2014, 12:25 p.m.

California emcee Rich Newly debuts his new video for "Cali POV." The video, which was directed by Barz N Art, provides a look into what winter life is like on ...

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Anthrax @ Skyway Theatre

Posted Feb. 27, 2018, 3:08 p.m. by Nathan G. O'Brien

Anthrax Skyway Theatre Minneapolis, MN February 24, 2018 I have a pinched nerve in my neck. Self-diagnosed, but diagnosed nonetheless. It’s from shoveling snow. We’ve had so much snow this ...

Run The Jewels @ First Ave

Posted Oct. 27, 2015, 9:54 a.m. by Nathan G. O'Brien

Run The Jewels First Avenue Minneapolis, MN October 23, 2015 “I’ll apologize now. If you are wearing glasses, you might want to put those away. If you hate being slammed ...

Babes in Toyland @ Rock the Garden

Posted June 24, 2015, 12:13 p.m. by Nathan G. O'Brien

Babes in Toyland Rock the Garden Minneapolis, MN June 21, 2015 It’s difficult for me to write about Babes in Toyland without sounding at least a little bit gushy. Like ...

Belle and Sebastian @ Rock the Garden

Posted June 22, 2015, 11:03 p.m. by Nathan G. O'Brien

Belle and Sebastian Rock the Garden Minneapolis, MN June 20th, 2015   As a hot and humid day began its turn towards much needed cooler temperatures, Scotland’s baroque pop sweethearts ...

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