From Ashes Rise (For fans of Toxic Narcotic, Disfear, Tragedy, Discharge)

I avoided this album for a while. When my friend was reviewing this album nearly 5 years ago for the college radio station we had a show on, he told me I needed to check it out. I was incredibly reluctant…as the name sounded like a screamo band (a musical style that I enjoy about as much as I would enjoy catching herpes). To my surprise (and relief), From Ashes Rise is about as brutal as they come. The vocals are heavy, the music heavier, […]

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Teenage Bottlerocket / Broadway Calls Split (GOOD Pop Punk)

Pssst! Hey kid, wanna listen to some solid pop-punk who’s biggest influence aren’t the Jonas Brothers (sadly, that’s hard to find these days). The split by Teenage Bottlerocket and Broadway Calls offers just that. For those who don’t know: Teenage Bottlerocket plays Ramones style punk rock on speed. The best way to describe Broadway Calls? Let’s just say that I seriously thought someone switched my song to Lifetime. Each band contributes one original and one cover on this split, (Broadway Calls covers Billy Bragg, while […]

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Jon and Roy (For fans of Slightly Stoopid, Bedouin Soundclash, Jack Johnson)

Jon and Roy are what Jack Johnson would sound like if Jack Johnson didn’t suck (well, besides Banana Pancakes, that’s a solid song). As you can tell, I’m usually not a fan of acoustic folk rock, as I find it incredibly boring, but Jon and Roy keep me interested somehow. Maybe it’s the calm, almost hypnotic voice… maybe it’s how well the guitar carries the rhythm along with the bass and percussion… or most likely, maybe they slipped something in my drink. Taking cues from […]

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Lagwagon – I Think My Older Brother Used to Listen To Lagwagon

Lagwagon may be getting old, but at least they’re taking it in stride. “I Think My Older Brother Used To Listen To Lagwagon” gives us 7 new jams from these melodic punk rock legends. Lagwagon’s sound has certainly developed over the years, and they give us the whole range on this EP: for example, the opening track B Side sounds like it came off of “Hoss” or “Double Plaidinum”, while songs like Memoirs and Landmines could have come off “Lets Talk About Feelings”. A definite […]

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Sasha’s Birthday!

Alright everyone! Today is the day that Sasha (Midwestern Housewives long lost indie writer…get your computer fixed already!) mom graced the world 23 years ago by giving birth to one gnarly radical gal! Lets have our usual rounds of birthday songs, shall we? MP3: Groovie Ghoulies – Happy Birthday The Vandals – Happy Birthday To Me The Vandals – Bad Birthday Bash Atom and His Package – Happy Birthday General Big D And The Kids Table – Running Young 7 Seconds – Young ‘Til I […]

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Minor Threat: The Best Band Ian MacKaye was in

Everyone knows Ian MacKaye (well, probably not on a personal level, nor the biblical sense.) Indies love the work he’s done in Fugazi and The Evens, while punk fans indulge in all of his old bands. Minor Threat was THE best band that Ian was part of, period. The songs are short, fast, and notoriously pissed off (pretty pioneering for a band that existed in a time when hair metal was the big thing… god I hate the 80s sometimes). MP3:Minor Threat – Think AgainMinor […]

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Action (Street Punk for fans of early The Unseen, The Virus, From Ashes Rise)

(photo courtesy of PUNK CORE records) I believe it was Abraham Lincoln who once said “Some mornings you just really need some heavy ass street punk to help you get through the day”. Action is fast, furious, yet doesn’t star Vin Diesel (thank god). Featuring pit inducing riffs, wailing guitar solos and rough as hell vocals, Action plays street punk the way it was meant to be played. MP3:Action – Suicide SquadAction – Rise Also Read:Violent SocietyAdolf and the Piss Artists Buy:Punkutopia

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Mischief Brew (Folk Punk for fans of Against Me!, Defiance Ohio, Flogging Molly)

Here’s a joke for ya: What do you get when you toss World/Inferno Friendship Society, Against Me!, and Johnny Cash into a blender? A “Mischief Brew” HAHA har em… It’s not funny? Well, at least I’ll take refuge in knowing that I’m still funnier than that Dane Cook guy. Political, acoustic folk punk songs you can’t help but sing-along to the sweet Flogging Molly influenced beats of Mischief Brew (unless of course you don’t know the words, which won’t be a problem once my patented […]

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Housewives Homegrown: The Heat Machine (For fans of Dance Hall Crashers, Save Ferris, Identity #1)

Housewives Homegrown is a series where we bring you unsigned bands that fucking rock. Holy Nebra-SKA! Who ever thought that the state that is famous for giving us… uhh… corn (and herpes) would produce one hell of a young, unsigned ska band. The Heat Machine is a female fronted band by two girls whose voices completely complement and harmonize each other. The songs are catchy, skankable, and just all around fun. Unfortunately one of the vocalists left the band like… today to pursue a college […]

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Sham 69 (For fans of The Clash, The Sex Pistols, The Damned)

“Oi! music? Isn’t Oi! the music where skinhead bitch about their jobs and labor unions while stomping around furiously?” Ok, a let me say something real quick, because people still don’t understand: not all skinheads are racist. In fact, the majority are against racism. It’s a really small faction. “You still didn’t answer my damn question.” Err… anyway, I’m usually not a huge fan of Oi punk, but Sham 69 (often considered the godfathers of Oi) are pretty damn amazing. While never reaching the fame […]

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