Strike Anywhere / One Win Choice Live In Philly (12/27/2010)

With the Sunday’s Home For The Holidays show postponed till Thursday, and having Strike Anywhere not being able to play it, I feel extremely lucky to have them come to Philly last night. After digging my car out of snow and battling the treacherous hills of my neighborhood, I made it to The Barbary in time to catch all the bands (which there were only 2, since one had to drop due to weather).One Win Choice:I am not too familiar with these guys besides their […]

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The Top 11 Albums of 2010

Ahh yes, 2010 came and went, and it’s time to get ready for a new year of sweet releases, new bands, and general awesomeness. But first, here are my top 11 (that’s right… 11) favorite albums of 2010. Also, if you get a chance, head over to Punknews to check my buddy Tony’s top 10 of the year. 11. The Menzingers – Chamberlain Waits Scranton, PA’s The Menzingers certainly made some waves this past 2010 with this release, as it received great reviews from listeners […]

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Lighten Up Streams 4 New Songs

Ok, so anybody who follows this blog regularly knows that i completely fucking love local Philly hardcore band Lighten Up (their 2009 release “Absolutely Not” made it to number 2 on my favorite albums of 2009). Needless to say, when I found out that they released 4 new songs on their bandcamp, I was pretty stoked. Maybe you are too. Here you go. http://lightenupdude.bandcamp.com/

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Bane / Breakdown / Down To Nothing Live (12/19/2010 In Philly)

What a ridiculous, ridiculous night. Last night, I braved the cold and headed to Philly’s First Unitarian Church to catch hardcore legends Bane. I missed the first few bands, but I made it in time for New Jersey pop-punk act I Call Fives. Also, if you saw someone at this show bleeding profusely from the eyebrow, that was me. Sorry if I got blood on you. I Call Fives:These guys played straight up, obviously Saves The Day influenced pop-punk. I checked out some of their […]

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This Is Your Life – Self Titled 7″ (For fans of A Wilhelm Scream, Comeback Kid, Protest The Hero)

When I first saw Richmond, VA’s This Is Your Life at a random house show in Philly last month sometime, I was completely blown away by their aggressive, high energy set. They mentioned they had some stuff up online for free, so I finally got a chance to check out their Self Titled 7″ This Is Your Life plays passionate hardcore with plenty of melodies and gang vocals, kind of reminding me of a mix between A Wilhelm Scream and Comeback Kid. The Self Titled […]

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Hold Tight! – Can’t Take This Away (For fans of Lifetime, Blink 182, The Lawrence Arms)

I used to have a general theory, and it’s that pop punk sucks. I’m not talking about the Screeching Weasel types or Ramones influenced (Teenage Bottlerocket) bands, but those who have way too many poppy breakdowns for me to actually enjoy. Then Hold Tight! comes along with their 2010 release “Can’t Take This Away” and blows my theory completely out of the water. Richmond’s Hold Tight plays (surprise!) pop punk, but here’s the kicker… it’s good, really fucking good. The thing that usually gets me […]

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The Scandals – The Sound Of Your Stereo (For fans of Rancid, Have Nots, Bigwig)

About a month back, I went to go see Youth Brigade over at Asbury Park, and NJ locals The Scandals opened up for the California legends. I was so blown away by their performance that I just had to check out their recorded stuff. Released in the summer of this past year (god, where did summer go?), “The Sound Of Your Stereo” is a 14 song punk rock blitz. Maybe it’s the fact the band is from New Jersey or that the first time I’ve […]

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Common Rider – Thief In A Sleeping Town EP (For fans of Operation Ivy, Rancid, Green Day)

Most of you punkers out there know of Operation Ivy, the incredibly influential ska-punk band that pretty much kicked off the 3rd wave ska movement back in the late 80s. Once they came to their demise, Tim Armstrong went on to form the highly successful Rancid, but Jesse Michaels (the lead singer’s) band Common Rider was missed by a lot of people. Formed back in 1999 and lasting until about 2003, the band released 2 albums, one split, and one incredibly underrated EP entitled “Thief […]

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4 Past Midnight – Guilty As Charged (For fans of The Casualties, The Unseen, Blanks 77)

Quick, think of the best album that has come out of Glasgow, Scotland as of late. Pencils down! If you’re first thought was anything by Franz Ferdinand, you lose (you also fail if you said “huh?” but not as bad as if you said Franz Ferdinand). The correct answer is 4 Past Midnight’s “Guilty As Charged”. Released back in 2008, 4 Past Midnight’s “Guilty as Charged”is one hell of a punk album. Playing street punk mixed with catchy melodies and a touch of oi, the […]

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Screeching Weasel – Television City Dream (For fans of The Queers, Ramones, NOFX)

Fat Wreck has been doing a pretty damn stellar job with the reissues as of late. Normally, I find reissues pointless, but the label has been blowing me away with reissues from Banner Pilot and now Screeching Weasel. Taking the Chicago’s (true) pop-punk legends 1998 release “Television City Dream” and including 5 new songs, new artwork, and remastered, it’s pretty damn solid. Now Television City Dream gets a lot of shit, because it’s a bit different than their earlier (Boogadaboogadaboogada) stuff since new members were […]

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