Smoke Or Fire / Regretter / Mayflower (Live In Philly 10/27/10)

This show saved my life. For reals. Last night, on a last minute whim I headed out to North Philly’s dive “The Fire” to catch my favorite Boston turned Richmond band Smoke or Fire. The place had about 40 or 50 people in there watching it, and it made for quite an intimate show. Mayflower:I got there a little late and missed some of their set, but the part I saw was pretty damn awesome. Coming from Syracuse, NY, Mayflower played gruffy energetic punk rock […]

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Homecoming 2010 (A Mix)

(bonus points if you can name my school) Ahh homecoming 2010. I wasn’t sure this year if I was going to attend, as last year’s was kinda “meh”, but I am so fucking happy I did. As usual, avoided all sports games and simply partied with friends. Holy fuck I miss that place. Things were pretty sweet, saw lots of people, and at points things got a little out of hand this time around… (note to readers: learn from my friends. Playing “I punch you, […]

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Bad Religion, Bouncing Souls, Off With Their Heads (Live In Philly 10/19/2010)

After some debate, last night I headed out to Philly’s Electric Factory to catch Off With Their Heads, Bouncing Souls, and Bad Religion. Off With Their Heads I’ve seen Off With Their Heads a handful of times, but it’s always been in smaller venues or house shows (Play the OX again please!), so I was sort of doubting how well they would sound in such a big venue. While they are obviously more appropriate in a more intimate setting, but they sounded just as tight […]

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None More Black – Icons (For fans of Smoke or Fire, Kid Dynamite, Lawrence Arms)

None More Black’s “Icons” is the definition of an anticipated album. After the Jersey/Philly band released “This is Satire” in 2006, the band called it quits early in 2007, and played a free reunion show at a photo gallery in 2008. So here we are now with “Icons”, 4 years after their last release. So what does it sound like? Good. It sounds fucking good. None More Black was never one for punk conventions (“I don’t give a shit what punk has to say anymore”), […]

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Banquets – This Is Our Concern Dude (For fans of Static Radio NJ, Gaslight Anthem, Title Fight)

Melodic punk rock is tough to do right. Add just a tad too much melody and you come off as completely poppy. Luckily, on their debut EP “This is Our Concern Dude”, Banquet’s mixes just enough melody and punk rock roots to keep me coming back and listening over and over. Coming from Jersey City, New Jersey, Banquets has obvious influence from other local NJ bands, such as Static Radio NJ and a touch of Gaslight Anthem. Musically, the band mixes melody over gritty guitars […]

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The Low Budgets Haiku

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Haiku… so: Value Punk Rock DudeAbout Being Broke And ShitUp The Dollar Punx MP3:Low Budgets – Born Before The Internet More:Low Budgets – Aim Low, Get HighLeave Us A LoanAtom and his Package vs Fugazi Buy:The Low Budgets

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Bad Religion – All Ages (For fans of NOFX, Youth Brigade, Pennywise)

While for many Bad Religion was their gateway into punk rock, I personally never really got into the band. Sure, they were legendary, influential, blah blah blah… but I just never cared enough to really listen to them, up until about a year ago. And for some reason lately, I’ve really been on a Bad Religion kick. All Ages was a compilation album that Bad Religion released back in 1995, and contains selected songs from their releases Suffer, No Control, Against The Grain, and Generator… […]

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Star Fucking Hipsters / Morning Glory (Live In Philly 10/1/2010)

On Friday night, I battled flooding in my neighborhood and headed out to West Philly’s Gold Coast Lounge to catch a little bit of the crack rock steady, Star Fucking Hipsters and Morning Glory. The bar was the most divey of dives I have ever been to (and completely awesome for said reasons). No stage, just set up on the floor, and I was one of the only one’s without a Colt 45 in my hand. I arrived there late, but made it in time […]

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