The Revenge – Less Talk More Shots (For fans of Black Flag, Cloak/Dagger, Western Addiction)

I’m going to be blunt: The Revenge’s debut 2007 release “Less Talk, More Shots” is one fuck of an underrated album. 23 minutes of face splattering, hardcore tinged with a bit of punk rock… hell yeah. The Revenge hail from the hot as balls Phoenix, Arizona, and from the second the album opens, you know what the band is all about: brutal hardcore but without ever forgetting their rock and roll roots. It sort of reminds me a bit of Cloak/Dagger. Definitely check this out […]

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The Menzingers – Chamberlain Waits (For fans of Smoke Or Fire, Lawrence Arms, Static Radio NJ)

It took me quite some time to finally listen to The Menzingers “Chamberlain Waits”, and quite frankly, I’m embarrassed. Not only are they from my adopted city of Philly, I’ve had the freaking promo on my desk for quite some time. Every time I’d be ready to give it a spin, I’d be in a pissed off mood and didn’t want that to influence my decision (and rather listened to Ceremony). Let me just say off the bat, The Menzingers are fucking tight. Melodic punk […]

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Philly Tells Me To Pay $300 To Run This Website (A Mix)

So, I’ve been having some issues with my current city Philadelphia, and the problems all stem from this website you’re reading here. Not too long ago, in order to try helping pay some of the cost of the hosting, I’ve put a few ads up, and last year, I actually wound up making a very little bit of money (less than $100) on the website. Philadelphia, the oh so rational city that it is, demands that I get a business license for running a god […]

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Rise Against – Transistor Revolt (For fans of Strike Anywhere, Kid Dynamite, 88 Finger Louie)

Say what you want about Rise Against (and I’ve talked some shit in the past), regardless of what they’re doing now, these Chicago cats were one of the best melodic hardcore bands around, period. Need proof? Just check out their first release ever, demo/EP “Transistor Revolt”. Transistor Revolt was self released back in the year 2000, shortly after the breakup of 88 Finger Louie, and is one of the lesser known Rise Against releases. While 3 of the 4 songs were eventually rerecorded for the […]

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Job Woes (A Mix)

Ahh work… how life would be so much better without it. I’m a programmer, and this past weekend, my work tried to get me to come in and work without pay, handing out fliers to people. Uhhh what? I eventually worked something out with my boss where she would give me some days off during the week to come, and I was pissed, but decided to show on Saturday. Apparently, it’s business professional dress (unknown to me) and my hardcore band hoodies weren’t cutting it. […]

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Off With Their Heads – Hospitals (For fans of Dillinger Four, Teenage Bottlerocket, Screeching Weasel)

Off With Their Heads, my go to band when I need an anthem about self loathing and generally being a fuck up. I’m a huge fan of the band, but for some reason, I never really gave their 2006 “Hospitals” EP a chance. Shame, because Hospitals contains some of OWTH’s finest material. Sounding a bit like fellow Minnesotan’s Dillinger Four sort of mixed in with Teenage Bottlerocket, Hospitals contains some of the catchiest melodies I’ve ever heard mixed with some incredibly dark lyrics. Songs such […]

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Bomb The Music Industry w/ Franz Nicolay (Asbury Park , 5/11/10)

Thank god for Google Calendar huh? Yesterday, I hopped on my computer, only to get a notification letting me know that Bomb The Music Industry’s show was happening… shit I completely forgot about that! I made the long trek from Philadelphia over to Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park NJ to catch one of the most DIY ska punk bands around. Slightly apprehensive to go as my doctor told me to make sure that “no one steps on you” due to a sprained foot, I decided […]

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Ceremony Posts New Song From Upcoming “Rohnert Park”

San Francisco’s Ceremony is one of my favorite hardcore bands around, and I’ve been pretty stoked about their upcoming Bridge 9 release “Rohnert Park” due out on June 8th. The band has posted one of the upcoming songs on the Bridge 9 MySpace page. The song has a very old school punk feel, and has that building sense of urgency that never topples over (something Ceremony has mastered). Take a listen, then come back here to check out some of our right ups on Ceremony. […]

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Tsunami Bomb – The Invasion From Within (For fans of The Distillers, Soviettes, Vandals)

When most people think of female fronted punk rock, one of the first bands that come to mind is Tsunami Bomb. I had the pleasure of seeing them once open for the Bouncing Souls and Strike Anywhere (actually on their guest list from a contest I won at punknews like… 7 years ago), and they are one of the few bands who can capture the energy of their live show on album. The Invasion From Within was one of their first EPs released back in […]

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