OFF! – First Four EPs (For fans of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Red Kross)

I’m always cautious about bands that are deemed as “supergroups”. Usually it’s a bunch of musicians way past their hey day trying to make an extra buck by using the popularity of their old bands (cough Osaka Popstar cough) and they as a general rule of thumb, usually suck. So when I heard that Keith Morris of Circle Jerk/Black Flag fame was starting up a new band with members of Burning Bridges and Red Kross, I was skeptical. After listening to The First Four EPs […]

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Thanksgiving Weekend (A Mix)

Hello trusty readers! Hopefully you’ve had your fill of Tofurky and organic cranberry sauce. This past weekend I headed out the fam’s in NJ and then up to Long Island to visit some friends, blasting Billy Joel the entire ride. Perfect weekend, only to be tarnished by the speeding ticket I got this morning (boo…) Here’s a little mix of some Jersey and NY bands for the weekend, and look out for some new reviews this upcoming week. MP3:Kill Your Idols – Enjoy The Show […]

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Atom and His Package – Attention Blah Blah Blah (for fans of Matt and Kim, Japanther, Totally Michael)

Atom and His Package is an acquired taste, for those of us who like our musical palette to be tickled (that’s what she said). Once described by a reviewer as “retarded Sesame Street music”, there really is no middle ground with Atom, you either love his music or completely despise it. However, if there is one album that could be considered his most accessible for non-Atom fans, it would definitely be “Attention! Blah Blah Blah”. For those who are familiar with Atom’s earlier stuff, he […]

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Lighten Up w/ Hold Tight , This Is Your Life (Live In Philly 11-18-10)

Last night I headed out to a basement show somewhere in the depths of Philly at the Bordello to catch one of my favorite Philly bands “Lighten Up”. The show was small, with probably around 30-40 people there. I never listened to any of the other bands on this show, but they were tiiiiiight son. Also, Spraynard was playing last, but I had to bounce beforehand so I missed their set. V-BoysI honest to god have no idea how I never managed to catch these […]

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Scenster 101: How To Be A Third Wave Ska Dork

Alright duders/dudettes, it’s been a while, but in our last Scenester 101, we taught you how to be a skinhead, but maybe you’re just too dorky for that. So this time around, we’ll teach you how to be a third waver ska rudie. 7. Rude Boy Yeah yeah, I know Rihanna fucked up the term for the mainstream, but you must never let people call you “ska dork”, “ska nerd”, or “that fucking weird guy who tries to pick up girls 10 years younger than […]

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Youth Brigade w/ HandMe Downs and The Scandals (Live In NJ 11/13/10)

After a ridiculously crappy Saturday, I saw there was one saving grace left… and that was to head out to Asbury Lanes to catch punk rock legends, Youth Brigade. Let me say, thank (insert deity of your choice) I went. The ScandalsFirst up was New Jersey locals The Scandals. These guys looked a bit younger, but completely fucking killed it. Playing straight up punk rock with roots from Rancid and early Bouncing Souls, The Scandals played an energetic set with a small but dedicated fan […]

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Smoke or Fire – The Speakeasy (For fans of Hot Water Music, Static Radio NJ, None More Black)

I’m a little worried. Usually with Smoke or Fire, anytime they have an album, it’s always a grower for me, and then usually after feeling lukewarm about it for a few months, I come to completely love it and have it be one of my favorite albums (this is true for both “Above The City” and “What Separates Us All”). With their latest November 9th release “The Speakeasy”, I fell in love with it on the first spin. Worried that it may have been a […]

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The Hope Conspiracy – Cold Blue (For fans of Give Up The Ghost, Ten Yard Fight, Converge)

Take a step back to 2002, where there was a 17 year old strapping young lad (ahem, yours truly) was a young punk rocker in New Jersey. At this point, I listened to a variety of punk bands, but the only hardcore I listened to was older stuff such as Bad Brains, 7 Seconds, and Minor Threat. I yearned for something a bit heavier, but since this was NJ we were talking about (screamo capital of the freaking world), bands deemed hardcore by everyone was […]

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Go Rydell – Golden Age (For fans of Kid Dynamite, Shook Ones, Paint it Black)

On Florida’s Go Rydell’s “Golden Age”, the band blasts through 10 songs in around 15 minutes. And in the spirit of the album, I’m going to keep it short. Taking cues from Kid Dynamite and Shook Ones, the band plays high energy melodic hardcore with brutal vocals backed by solid melodies. At times, it sounds like they are trying just a little too hard to be Kid Dynamite, but with this being their debut, I’m pretty stoked to see what else they have up their […]

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Songs To Get You Through The Day (A Mix)

Well, it’s November 2nd, and what a shitty October it’s been (good fucking riddance). I need a mix to pretty much sum up the last 2 weeks of my life, and these are the songs that helped me get through the day. Maybe you need it too. MP3:The Killing Tree – Violets are BlueRise Against – Voices Off CameraGive Up The Ghost – The Ice Age Is Coming!Killing the Dream – Picking Up The PiecesCeremony – My Hands Are Made Of SpiteOff With Their Heads […]

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