Streetlight Manifesto Live In Philly (5/19/17)

As a ska-punk fan growing up in New Jersey during the early 2000s, Streetlight Manifesto was always one of my favorite bands back in the day, and if you’re familar with the genre you damn well know who Streetlight Manifesto is by now.  I honestly think that Tomas Kalnoky is one of the most talented songwriters who pushed the boundaries in a genre that was suffering from stagnation. Touring to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their sophomore album Somewhere In The Between, Philly was […]

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Choking Victim, The Brood, Public Serpents Live In Philly (5/12/17)

Like most punk fans in their late 20s/early 30s, I’ve been a fan of the whole “crack rock steady” family of bands for a long time now.  I’ve seen Leftover Crack, Morning Glory, Star Fucking Hipsters, etc but never got to actually see Choking Victim before…the closest being Leftover Crack playing “Infested” a few times that I’ve seen them.  So when I saw they were doing a reunion show at Philly’s Union Transfer, I bought that shit the second it went on sale.  I got […]

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The Movielife, The Flatliners, MakeWar Live In Philly (5/4/17)

When it was announced that recently reunited The Movielife would be playing Philly’s tiny dive Kung Fu Necktie, I knew I would have to buy a ticket as soon as they went on sale.  And I’m incredibly glad I did, because the show sold out in about 5-10 minutes.  I never got to see melodic hardcore/emo The Movielife before, only catching vocalist Vinnie doing a solo show before, so I was pretty excited to finally get to see them, especially in such a small intimate […]

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Paint It Black, Praise, S-21 Live in Philly (4/20/17)

Man, it’s been way too long since Paint It Black has played a show in Philly.  Last time they played their hometown, it was nearly 3 years ago on Mischief Night (the night before Halloween for all my non-Jersey/Philly peeps) where they played a secret show under a bridge.  Philly was clearly antsy to see them again, as tickets sold out very quickly for their return to the church. I got to the incredibly hot and packed First Unitarian Church, and unfortunately I missed Soul […]

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UK Subs, The Virus Live In Philly (4/7/17)

After circling for parking trying to find that elusive South Philly spot, I finally grabbed one as I headed out to South Philly’s Connie’s Ric Rac to catch Philly’s own street punks The Virus and the legendary UK Subs.  I walked into the venue, only to see like 3 people drinking at the bar, and was pretty fucking confused.  They then informed me that the show was moved to The Voltage Lounge, and I was already running late as is… Fuck. I hurriedly made my […]

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World Inferno Friendship Society, Hub City Stompers Live in NJ (4/2/17)

Sorry for the lack of updates lately, I’ve been a bit slow to post as I’m just starting to get back to work full time after an injury and am only allowed limited screen time, so it’s been difficult, but without further ado: As I stated in a previous post, I headed to my ancestral homeland of New Jersey to catch The Dave Franklin Tribute Show(featuring H2O, Killing Time, etc) and the after show with Hub City Stompers and The World Inferno Friendship Society playing […]

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Doing It For Dave: H2O, Killing Time Live In NJ (4/2/17)

I’m originally from NJ, so I grew up listening to and am a pretty big fan of influential hardcore band Vision.  After seeing them just a few months beforehand, I was crushed earlier in the year when it was announced that their singer Dave Franklin passed away.  On April 2nd, a bunch of bands got together in Asbury Park to help throw a fundraising show in honor of Dave.  It was being thrown at Asbury Park’s Convention Center, and the lineup was stacked.  I wasn’t […]

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The Menzingers, Jeff Rosenstock Live In Philly (3/31/17)

Man, it’s been a couple of years since I’ve last see locals The Menzingers play a show.  While I was at the filming of their music video for “After The Party” (alas, I did not make the cut), they only played a couple of songs and I missed their surprise show at Kung Fu Necktie this year.  I was pretty stoked to be seeing them, especially with the fact that I love their latest album After The Party so I was excited to hear those […]

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Thursday Live In Philly (3/30/17)

Emo has been making a bit of a comeback lately, with a lot of bands reuniting and emo parties cropping up throughout a bunch of cities (shout out to Philly’s emo nights, which were one of the first, if not the first… and Thursday vocalist Geoff was a guest DJ a few times), and while I was never a huge fan of the genre as a whole, I always loved Thursday.  Maybe it’s the fact I’m also originally from New Jersey and Thursday was always […]

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Western Addiction – Tremulous

I’ve been a fan of San Francisco’s Western Addiction ever since they first released their 2003 debut Cognicide, and while they’ve released two 7-inches since, I’ve have been anxiously waiting for their next full length.  Finally nearly 12 goddamn years later, Western Addiction is back with their 80s hardcore influenced punk rock sophomore release Tremulous. From the second album opener “Clatter and Hiss” starts, you know exactly what you’re in for… no bullshit, no frills melodic hardcore.  There isn’t a single bad track on the […]

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