Franz Nicolay and David Dondero Live In Philly (2/26/11)

Saturday fucking night. What to do, what to do? I was torn between going to see a friend’s band at a house show, going to see thrash legends D.R.I at the Troc, or going to see the one man hi-jinks of Franz Nicolay. After some deep pondering, I decided to head out to Philly’s Kung Fu Necktie to see the mustachioed man. David Dondero:When I got into the small bar, David Dondero was on stage in the middle of his set. I’m not usually a […]

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One Win Choice – Conveyor (For fans of Strike Anywhere, A Wilhelm Scream, Good Riddance)

Tom’s River NJ famous for having the Little League World Champions, a skatepark I used to hit up back in the day, and world famous for being the place where my grandparents live. However, having a thriving punk/hardcore scene is not one of it’s claims to fame. Despite the odds though, One Win Choice has been going strong for a number of years though, and with their latest release of “Conveyor”, OWC shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Playing melodic hardcore punk, One […]

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World Inferno Friendship Society – The Anarchy And The Ecstasy (For fans of Gogol Bordello, Franz Nicolay, Hold Steady)

The World Inferno Friendship Society’s “The Anarchy And The Ecstasy” has been one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2011 ever since the Brooklyn/NJ cabaret punks announced it’s release date of March 15th. The 5th studio album from one of my favorite bands, I was a bit nervous upon first spin since I didn’t really dig their “Vox Inferne” EP the band released last year. So was my nervousness founded at all? That depends. People used to the high energy songs that we’ve come […]

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Bomb The Music Industry, Ceasefire Live In Philly (2/20/11)

I swear, I still post on albums up here, there’s just been a flux of shows in Philly I’ve been going to as of late… Fuck yeah. Last night, after chilling with the madre all day for her birthday, I headed out to Philly’s Ox to go see Bomb The Music Industry do a solo performance where it was just Jeff and his mp3 player. I’ve seen him do this before back at the Ava House, and it was a damn good time then. Ceasefire: […]

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Government Warning, Night Birds Live In Philly (2-18-2011)

When I heard that Government Warning would be playing their last Philly show ever as they were breaking up after this tour, I knew that I had to go see them. Last night I headed out to Philly’s great Ox, to check out these Richmond VA punks. Bucket Flush:First up were Philly’s dirty punk rockers, Bucket Flush. These guys played incredibly sloppy street punk influenced by bands such as Dead Kennedy’s and GG Allin. I was digging them in the beginning of their set, but […]

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Coke Bust, Cop Problem Live In Philly (2/13/11)

What’s the best treatment for a sinus infection? Going to a smoke-filled basement to go see some hardcore bands god damn it! This past Sunday, I headed out to a specific house somewhere within the bowels of Philly to catch a bunch of bands I’ve never actually listened to before hand, but figured it would be a blast. There were about 5-6 bands on the bill, but only 2 and a half got to play… Bummer. Callous: Described as “drugged-out sludge from non-junkies” these guys […]

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Loved Ones, Menzingers, Holy Mess (Live in Philly 2/11/2011)

First off, all the pictures in this post are from the show and taken by an incredibly talented photographer named Blake. You should check out his concert photography over at blklrsn.tumblr.com. Secondly, there’s been a lot of good shows lately. Last Friday, I headed out to the Ox to catch philly relocated own The Menzingers play with The Loved Ones and The Holy Mess. This place is one of my favorite venues, except for their god damned bathrooms. Also, random props to the girl who […]

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Bouncing Souls Snow Out Blow Out (Live In Asbury 2/9/11)

Little sick, running a fever… fuck it, nothing was going to stop me from going to the Bouncing Souls Home For The Holidays Snow Out Blow Out. I headed straight from work in Philly to Asbury Park to the Stone Pony. As I was parking my car, I heard The Great Explainer finishing up their set (fuck), so I completely missed that. Bummer. Full Speed Ahead: I never heard of these guys before, but holy fucking shit I think I need to start listening. While […]

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The Haverchucks – Demo (For fans of The Ramones, Screeching Weasel, The Descendents)

While running this lovely little website, I have gotten a lot of demos over the years from many, many bands. I appreciate them all, and try to listen to each and every one. Once in a great while though, a demo will completely blow me away. This was most certainly the case with The Haverchucks. Hailing from Richmond VA, The Haverchucks sent me their 5 song demo, and let me say, it’s completely awesome. Playing high energy punk rock that sounds like a threesome between […]

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After The Fall – Eradication (For fans of Propagandhi, I-Spy, Strike Anywhere)

After The Fall has certainly outdone themselves this time. When I first heard their debut album “Fort Orange”, I was impressed with the raw, melodic aggressiveness of the music, but let me straight up say, “Eradication” completely blows out “Fort Orange” out of the water. Their 2010 LP is a much more fine tuned sound, and they have mastered blending melodies with pure fucking anger. After The Fall is able to pull influences from bands such as Propagandhi and Strike Anywhere without sounding like a […]

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