Hub City Stompers w/ King Django (Show Review 3/27/09 with setlist!)

Last Friday (3/27/09), I headed out to North Philly’s 941 Theater (and wound up stranded up there for a good 2 hours at 2am… fuck you SEPTA). I’ve never been to the 941 Theater before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It definitely looked like an old warehouse with a knee high stage made of plywood on cinder blocks. Hell yeah! The Forthrights:First up were New York’s reggae band The Forthrights, and the place was still relatively empty during their set. They played more […]

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Merit – Arson is For Lovers (For fans of Say Anything, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tsunami Bomb)

Every review I’ve read said Merit sounds like Bayside mixed with Say Anything and a touch of Paramore… so why the fuck do I like Merit’s “Arson is For Lovers” when I can’t tolerate 2 minutes of any of the previously mentioned bands, or any poppy slightly emo tinged music for that matter? The biggest difference between Syracuse NY’s Merit and 99.99% of those other bands are the vocals. Frontwoman Brenna has a nice polished voice that actually compliments the pop hooks as opposed to […]

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A “My God I’m Definitely Not Prepared” Mix!

(Photo by Michael Simonic) So apparently, if I lived in New Orleans, I probably would have just noticed now that there was a flood a few years back… I have an article written up that I was excited to post today (I couldn’t sleep last night because I wet the bed since I was so excited!) But I totally forgot to rip the album to my machine, and don’t have it on me now, so this post will need to wait a bit. So all […]

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Ruder Than You – Big Step (For fans of The Specials, The Slackers, The Pietasters)

It’s hard to believe that Philly ska/reggae legends Ruder Than You released their debut “Big Step” back in 1992 (that’s 17 years… don’t worry mathaphobes, we got your back). While it took a few live renditions of the songs to fully appreciate it, Big Step is a ska revivalist masterpiece. Pulling influences from all waves of ska, reggae, and even some funk thrown in here and there, I honestly haven’t been able to stop listening lately (especially to “Swallow Blood”, what a damn catchy song!) […]

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Discharge – Self Titled (For fans of Amebix, Aus Rotten, Disfear)

I remember picking up Discharge’s Self-Titled album about five years ago. The college radio station that I had a show with was giving away all of their unwanted music, and allowed anybody to take a total of like 2 albums. Never hearing of Discharge before, the cover looked intriguing (and by intriguing, I mean looked like a punk band), so I picked it up. Thank god I did. Discharge was a legendary British hardcore thrash punk band who pretty much created a new sub-genre known […]

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Housewives World Tour: Virginia (A Mix)

Welcome! We got bricks, lots and lots of bricks! Ahh Virginia, my college state… I lived there for a few years, and besides the initial culture shock of people actually saying hi to you on the street (I was convinced they wanted to mug or rape me), confederate flags (you lost over a few hundred years ago, quit being such sore losers), and “missionary position only” laws (which I wouldn’t be surprised if they tried to enforce my a mandatory camera in every bedroom)… I […]

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The Slackers and Ruder Than You Live (3/19/09)

I had a tough decision last night… I could go see Less Than Jake, who I haven’t seen in years… or go see The Slackers who I saw a few months ago. After much debating with myself (I won), I decided to go see The Slackers, on the principle that Less Than Jake tickets were at a LiveNation venue and were charging over 32 dollars with fees. I arrived at West Chester’s “The Note” not really knowing what to expect since I’ve never been there. […]

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One Win Choice – DefineRedefine (Hardcore for fans of Kid Dynamite, Static Radio NJ, Paint It Black)

Growing up in New Jersey up until I was 18, I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with NJ hardcore. On one hand, there are definitely some solid ones (Vision anyone?). On the other hand, when I was growing up there, most Jersey “hardcore” bands were actually screamo, tainted with “oh so emotional” breakdowns that every douche bag in NJ started listening to because their girlfriend liked Finch and From Autumn To Ashes. These kids would go to shows with the intent to pick fights with […]

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Saint Patty’s Day Throwdown!!! (A Mix)

“Driving out pagan bitches so you could get wasted and wear tacky green beads since 387 AD.”(Photo By sicarr) Alright all you Irish people, Catholics, and people who pretend they’re Irish so they have an excuse to get wasted… Today’s your big day! So go grab a cold one (or if you don’t drink like me, drink some kiwi juice or something), wear something green, and wear those shamrocks! MP3:Real Mckenzies – Bugger Off (Irish Drinking Song)Dropkick Murphys – Amazing GraceFlogging Molly – Light of […]

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