Less Than Jake w/ Off With Their Heads , Transit (Live In Philly 1/30/2011)

Don’t judge: last night I headed out to Philly’s Trocadero to catch Less Than Jake with Off With Their Heads. I was originally going to pass on this show like I have on a bunch of LTJ shows in the past, but I’ve heard they were playing a lot off of their old stuff, and being that they were my favorite band back when I was just a 13 year old punk 12 years ago, the angsty teen in me was stooooked. Transit:I made it […]

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Octaves – Greener Pastures (For fans of Every Time I Die, La Dispute, The Bled)

Metal influenced hardcore is incredibly tough to pull off, and I only can listen to about 1% of the bands I hear that try to blend the two influences. (Usually they have to add something different for me to dig it.) On Baltimore’s Octaves “Greener Pastures”, they not only blend the two perfectly, but also go the extra mile. The album is 8 songs long clocking in about 23 minutes, and it’s quite a stylistic frenzy. Taking cues from bands such as Every Time I […]

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The Menzingers Live In Philly (1/23/11)

First off, big props to my buddy Tony over at Dead Booking Industries for throwing what I believe is his biggest show to date. On Sunday, I rushed back home from NJ and made it to the First Unitarian Church, and it was immediately apparent that the show was sold the fuck out (bought tickets early this time… no BTMI repeat for me.) Algernon Cadwallader I’ve seen these guys before open for Paint it Black at a friend’s house last spring, and they definitely have […]

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Cobra Lung, Cokskar Live In Philly (1/22/11)

I headed out to JR’s Bar down in South Philly to catch 609’s finest Cobra Lung and a few other bands that I briefly checked out before the show. When I got to the bar, I was insanely early, and was the only person there for the show (the rest were some older locals just having some beers there), but fuck it, I can hang. GA$H First up were hardcore thrash band GA$H (no, not the 80s Australian band). These dudes played high energy hardcore […]

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Sainte Catherines, One Win Choice (Live In Philly 1/21/11)

Yesterday, on incredibly little sleep, I decided I was going to skip The Queers playing at the Barbary and would just take it easy. Then a buddy of mine informed me of a basement show happening, and I needed to go. I walked around a certain part of Philly looking for said show and walked into the wrong house for a different basement show (I Restorations: I never heard of these guys before the show, but they were local to North Philly, and put on […]

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Cerebral Ballzy – Cerebral Ballzy (For fans of Black Flag, Minor Threat, Bones Brigade)

When you think about type of bands coming from Brooklyn, skate influenced hardcore probably isn’t exactly what comes to mind. However, Cerebral Ballzy is set out to change that. I’ve seen their energetic live shows a few times, but I just recently got to listen to their 2010 7 inch “You’re Idle”. First of all, I’m usually not one for gimmicky packaging or whatnot, but the 7-inch came in stenciled grip tape, which is pretty fucking sweet. Cerebral Ballzy has a very 80s punk sound […]

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Steve Vs. The Volcano – First Round (For fans of Bones Brigade, Cut The Shit, Trash Talk)

Anyone who’s been reading Housewives as of late knows that I am a complete sucker for thrashy hardcore punk. The latest band that has snuck into my regular rotation is “Steve Versus The Volcano” from Massachusetts. To put it shortly and delicately as possible, these guys can fucking shred. Their debut album First Round is a 14 song blitz that ends in just a mere 17 minutes. Their music takes cues from Boston locals such as Bones Brigade and Cut The Shit. Lyrically, the band […]

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Vision Live in Philly (1-9-2011 at Barbary)

Last night, I had the perfect plan. I was going to head out to the Barbary to catch New Jersey hardcore legends Vision, and then trek the few blocks over to The Fire to see DIY or die duders Bomb The Music Industry… Unfortunately the BTMI show sold out, but at least I got to see Vision. Damnation A.D I got to the show in time to catch DC hardcore act Damnation A.D. There were a few dedicated fans up front doing the whole tough […]

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LxExAxRxN – First Lesson (For fans of Bones Brigade, Municipal Waste, Cut The Shit)

Holy fucking shit. This. This right here is the reason I fell in love with punk rock to begin with. Italy’s fastcore band LxExAxRxN is quickly becoming one of my favorite bands (too bad they broke up), and their release “First Lesson” explains why. For starters, there are 11 songs that end in about 8 minutes, and as you can guess, there is absolutely no filler whatsoever. LxExAxRxN plays fast, thrashy punk hardcore that is awesome music to skate to, or if you need a […]

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The HandMe Downs – I Think It’s About Time (For fans of Rancid, The Have Nots, Koffin Kats)

When I first saw Detroit’s HandMe Downs open for Youth Brigade a few months back, while the crowd was pretty unresponsive, they definitely made an impression on me. I figured I had to check out their recorded work, so I picked up a copy of their self released “I Think It’s About Time…” The album features 12 gritty punk rock tunes that any fan of Rancid or the Koffin Kats would dig. The band mixes a few different sub genres of punk in their songs, […]

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