Cerebral Ballzy, The Trowels, Old Stuff, Dopestroke Live In Philly (3/30/11)

Last night, I headed out to South Philly’s finest punk dive bar, JR’s to catch my buddy’s band Old Stuff and also thrash skate punk dudes Cerebral Ballzy. There was a decent amount of people in the tiny bar, and things got nice and rowdy (like a punk show should, god damn it.) Dopestroke First up was Philly’s Dopestroke. I’ve seen the vocalist’s other band before The Teenage Whore Moans, and wasn’t sure if Dopestroke was going to be playing the same surf-rock style as […]

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Converge – Jane Doe (For fans of Hope Conspiracy, Protest the Hero, Phobia)

When I first heard Converge’s touted masterpiece “Jane Doe” nearly 9 years ago, I didn’t really appreciate it much. Sure, I dug a few songs off it (particularly “Homewrecker”), but the lyrics and the metal influences were lost on me. Recently I’ve given it another spin… and holy fuck. There are few bands that can blend thrashy, progressive metal with the straight up aggressiveness and anger of hardcore as well as Converge does on this album. Jane Doe is a term used to describe an […]

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World Inferno Friendship Society Live In Philly (3/25/11)

On Friday, I headed out to the sold out basement of Philly’s Unitarian Church to catch one of my favorite bands, circus punk act World Inferno Friendship Society. It’s been nearly two years since I’ve had a chance to catch these guys, so I was pretty excited for the show. Mirrors and Wires: I got there right in time for New Brunswick NJ’s Mirrors and Wires, and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Playing surf punk, the band had a few technical difficulties where […]

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Big D and the Kids Table – Good Luck (For fans of Less Than Jake, Bomb the Music Industry, Mustard Plug)

I’ll be honest, these days I don’t really listen to as much ska as I used to with a few exceptions. Perhaps it’s the lack of newer ska bands that don’t completely suck, or perhaps it’s because all my favorite ska bands rarely tour (*cough* Mustard Plug *cough*) or just release albums I don’t dig anymore (River City Rebels). However, there are a few gems in my ska collection that I will always cherish, and Big D and The Kid’s Table’s “Good Luck” is one […]

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Atom and His Package – Self Titled (For fans of Matt and Kim, Totally Michael, Japanther)

I can tell you right now, you’re either going to love Atom and His Package’s “The First CD” album, or you are going to completely despise it. There seems to be very little in between when it comes to this Philadelphia one man synth rocker. Atom and His Package released “The First CD” back in 1997 and compared to his later releases, it contains the most light-hearted and silly songs. Mixing Atom’s off key singing, odd sense of humor, and ridiculously catchy sequence melodies, these […]

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Coke Bust – Lines In The Sand (For fans of Ceremony, Punch, Paint it Black)

In a world full of chuggy break downs and predictable patterns, Coke Bust is a breath of fresh air. Concentrating on the faster elements of hardcore, their 17 song release “Lines In The Sand” completely melts faces. The majority of songs clock in under a minute, and have a power violence feel to them while remaining hardcore as fuck. There seriously isn’t a chance to breathe on the album between the frenzied guitars, erratic drumming, and throaty yells of vocalist Nick. If you dig Ceremony’s […]

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One Win Choice, Static Radio NJ, Lighten Up (Live In Philly 3/11/11)

On Friday, I rushed out to a random West Philly house straight from work to catch the One Win Choice record release show which featured an incredibly stellar line-up. Afraid I was going to be late, I made it there with plenty of time to spare… thank you punk rock time. Lighten UpOk, anyone who reads this blog should know that Philly’s Lighten Up has become one of my favorite bands, and I was looking forward to hearing them play their newest songs. Only a […]

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Go Rydell, Hold Tight, This Is Your Life (Live In Philly 3/11/11)

Last night, I headed to a basement show to catch a stellar line-up: Go Rydell, Hold Tight!, This Is Your Life, and Reservoirs. I didn’t really catch the headlining two piece Omar, but they sounded pretty tight from what I’ve heard. After wandering in the rain for a while trying to find the house, I walked into the place and went straight down into the tiny basement. There were maybe a total of 30 kids there (and it felt packed)… fuck yeah. Reservoirs: I never […]

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Grey Area / Go Rydell Split 7″ (For fans of Kid Dynamite, Strike Anywhere, Higher Giant)

Holy shit. A split between Grey Area and Go Rydell? Pinch me, I’m dreaming. It’s been nearly 11 years since Grey Area released any new materials (seriously, think of where you were 11 years ago), and having Go Rydell on the split is an added bonus. The NYC melodic hardcore veterans contribute 2 songs, and both are fucking stellar. Grey Area obviously haven’t missed a single beat in their songwriting, and these two songs sound like they could have come off their first album. Go […]

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Paint It Black, Screaming Females, Punch Live In Philly (3/6/11)

After an interesting weekend in DC that involved going to support my friend’s brothers band Atomic Tom and parties, I rushed straight to the First Unitarian Church for the sold out Paint it Black show. I made it just in time for Punch. Punch:I think I have a new addition to my favorite female fronted bands. San Francisco’s Punch completely destroyed it with their heavy as fuck riffs and the singer’s brutal vocals. The crowd broke into a pit up front and the stage dives […]

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