Guilty Pleasure: Fenix TX (For fans of Old Blink 182, Green Day, Old Sum 41)

Back in 1999, when I was just an awkward 14 yr. old (as opposed to being an awkward adult now), I was (unfortunately) working for Satan (aka. McDonalds). I specifically remember getting some kid who had a cable connection (most were still using dial-up still) to hop on Napster and download me Fenix TX’s “Self Titled” album (until we got our paycheck of COURSE). I loved the album back then, and I still love the album 9 years later (even though I never got into […]

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Monday Morning Ant Brigades

I know I’ve already done this as long time readers will know… but today is one of those days where you seriously feel like you’re going to stab anyone who threatens to turn on the lights. Another Monday Morning Ant Brigade. MP3:Bouncing Souls – Monday Morning Ant Brigade More Articles to Love:The Bouncing Souls “Worst” AlbumRiverboat Gamblers Haiku (For fans of Bouncing Souls)Bouncing Souls Split SeriesHOUSEWIVES BATTLE: Bouncing Souls vs. Band of Horses Buy:The Bouncing Souls

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The Specials (For fans of Selecter, Madness, English Beat)

Bring back the days of 2-tone! The Specials were one of the biggest (if not the biggest) bands of the second wave of ska, and were often considered The Rolling Stones of ska, due to their incorporation of straight up rock and roll. Definitely a must for any fan of the genre, although even people who dislike ska have been known to enjoy The Specials. Check it out! Also Check Out:One Night Band (For fans of Selecter, The Slackers, Hepcat)Desmond Dekker… Because contrary to popular […]

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New Mexican Disaster Squad Breaks Up! (For fans of Paint It Black, Kid Dynamite, The Steal)

Melodic hardcore band New Mexican Disaster Squad broke up today, releasing this statement: “After almost ten years of NMDS there seems to be no more dead horse left to kick. We will be playing a pre-Fest show in Tampa on October 29th, and The FEST itself looks like it will be our final show as NMDS. Thanx to everyone that have been rad over the years. You know who you are. On a couple of positive notes, there are no hard feelings between any of […]

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Fifth Hour Hero (For fans of Lawrence Arms, Hot Water Music, Smoke or Fire)

Alright all you scruffy melodic punk rockers, it’s time to give that Gaslight Anthem album a rest. Check out this band tha…. HEY! I saw you reach for your Hot Water Music collection! Where was I? I’ve got a band that you may have missed: Fifth Hour Hero. Fifth Hour hero played punk rock in the veins of Lawrence Arms, Samiam, and Smoke or Fire. The vocals are split between gal/guy, which adds a new dynamic and creates a sound that makes it their own. […]

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Craaaazy dance party! Totally Michael (For fans of Matt and Kim, Atom and His Package)

Take Atom and his Package, force him to listen to nothing but dance and twee while feeding him ecstasy and pop-rocks for about three years, throw him in front of Fruity Loops, and you’ve got yourself Totally Michael. It’s a non-stop dance party with the new self titled album Totally Michael is putting out on October 14th (well besides a brief interlude in the middle), and the songs are more infectious than Ebola. Get your groove on! MP3:Totally Michael – Casual SatisfactionTotally Michael – Winona […]

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One Night Band – Hit and Run (For fans of The Slackers, Hepcat, Selecter)

Easy skanking! Playing ska in the veins of The Slackers and Hepcat, One Night Band’s new album “Hit and Run” is set to be released on October 7th in Canada and November 4th here in the states. I got a chance to check out Hit and Run, and let me say, it makes a fine addition to the (modern) 2tone / roots reggae genres. Hit and Run stays consistent throughout, with the rhythm not letting up for a second. One Night Band infuses classic rock […]

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Against All Authority – 24 Hour Roadside Resistance (For fans of Choking Victim, Suicide Machines, Leftover Crack)

Some people use caffeine to wake them up, I use Against All Authority. Mornings when I wake up and just want everyone I pass to just die (aka: today), Against All Authority is the perfect soundtrack. Heavy as shit punk rock mixed with snotty, intelligent lyrics all with the occasional ska horns. AAA is to AAA as Rancid’s Self Titled was to them: A heavier concentration on the straight up punk side of things, with ska just making an occasional appearance. Usually I would be […]

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Show Review: The Slackers Philadelphia (9/5/08)

Last night I headed out to the greatest venue ever: The First Unitarian Church to catch veteran of ska The Slackers. Since I last caught them a little over a year ago, The Slackers have released a new album entitled “Self Medication”, and I was pretty stoked to here some of that material live. The Downgrades:There were only two bands on the bill tonight, Philly locals The Downgrades, and headliners, The Slackers. When The Downgrades finally hit the stage, a crowd poured in to skank […]

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The Soviettes – LP (For fans of Teenage Bottlerocket, Dillinger Four, Ramones)

Super charged female fronted punk rock! LP by The Soviettes is definitely a hidden gem in the bowels of punk, and unfortunately has been overlooked by many. For one, it came out nearly 4 years ago with relatively little fanfare. But hey, that’s why the Housewives are here! The musician is really tight, with an amazing guitar crunch and drum beats that interlace perfectly. There’s no shortage of “whoas” and gang vocals either, with all of the members voices harmonizing together like cupcakes and (cyanide) […]

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