The Ataris – Look Forward To Failure (For fans of Blink-182, Saves The Day, Lagwagon)

Ever take an album you think you’ve never listened to, and then once you play it, everything sounds familiar and you find yourself singing along to the majority of words? Yeah, that’s what happened with The Atari’s 1998 EP “Looking Forward To Failure”. It’s all coming back to me, I used to jam out to this when I was but a freshman in high school back in 1999. I’ve heard that The Ataris have gotten poppier since Looking Forward To Failure, and while the EP […]

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Go Rydell, Great Explainer, Spraynard, Protaganist Live In Philly (4/23/11)

On Saturday I headed down to South Philly to catch a basement show my friend was throwing. Go Rydell was the main inspiration for going out, and I’ve been meaning to catch The Great Explainer for quite some time now. Divided HeavenDivided Heaven from Los Angeles, CA was a one man, acoustic singer-songwriter who originally lived in Philly. I thought he looked a bit familiar, and then realized where I recognized him from once he said he used to play in the punk band The […]

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The Slackers, The Snails Live In West Chester (4/21/11)

Last night, I had a tough decision to make: I could go see Dan Yemin, Andy Nelson, Atom, and a few others do Black Flag covers as TV Casualty… or I could go see the sweet, sweet ska beats of The Slackers. I decided it’s been a little bit of a while since I’ve seen The Slackers play, so I headed out to West Chester’s Note to catch the NYC ska band. The show was 18+, and there were a decent amount of people there. […]

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The Holy Mess – A Briefcase Full Of Bruise (For fans of Menzingers, Dillinger Four, Captain We’re Sinking)

The Holy Mess will be exploding pretty soon, especially now that they signed with Red Scare records, but they still will remain Philadelphia’s premier party band. Bringing kegs on stage with them and passing beer around, their live shows are always a good time, and their recorded stuff completely rules too. Released back in 2008, “A Briefcase Full Of Bruise” is a 7 song pop punk EP with enough grit to keep jaded folks like myself interested. Playing catchy songs in the veins of Dillinger […]

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Government Warning – No Moderation (For fans of Minor Threat, MDC, Clit 45)

Give Government Warning’s “No Moderation” one listen, and you’d swear that the Richmond, VA released this gem during the height of the 80s ‘Reagan era’ of hardcore punk, not 2006. Their first official LP, “No Moderation” is one fuck of a ride. Just like true 80s hardcore releases, you’re not going to find any bullshit: no polished sound, no overly complex riffs, just good ole’ fashioned pissed off punk rock. The album kicks off straight into title track “No Moderation” and is relentless through all […]

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Punch – Self Titled (For fans of Paint it Black, Ceremony, Cokebust)

Just how good is Punch’s Self Titled release? Let me put it like this, I was listening to them at work the other day, looked down at my feet, and noticed I was subconsciously two stepping. I first heard of San Francisco’s Punch when I saw them open for Paint it Black, and was completely blown away. Aggressive, female fronted hardcore, I knew I had to check out their recorded stuff. Punch’s Self Titled album is a ferocious, 16 song blitz. The majority of songs […]

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Protest The Hero – Scurrilous (For fans of Propagandhi, Symphony X)

How the hell can any band be this damn consistently good? I’ve been listening to Protest The Hero since 2003, when they first released their Propagandhi influenced EP “A Calculated Use of Sound” and enjoyed watching PTH evolve with each new release (which, by the way, Kezia and Fortress are definitely on my favorite albums list). Their third release “Scurrilous” continues this musical evolution, bringing in even more technicality and progressive riffs. Like Fortress, Scurrilous was a bit of a grower for me, but I’m […]

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Campaign – Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice (For fans of Hot Water Music, Friends of Friends, Over Stars and Gutters)

They say don’t judge an album by it’s cover, but before I even listened to Atlanta’s Campaign’s “Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!” EP, I had a feeling I knew what it was going to sound like, and damn did I nail it. I’ve never heard Campaign before, but their Beetlejuicex3 EP will definitely appeal to fans of Hot Water Music and people who are fans of that gruffy melodic punk rock sound. The EP is only 4 songs long (thematically linked together by their titles by the […]

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Hold Tight, Pedals On Our Pirate Ship, Mean Streets (Live In Philly 4/7/11)

Last night, I headed out to Philly’s Kung Fu Neck Tie to catch best pop punk duders Hold Tight. I got there a little early (one of the bands dropped off apparently), and was starving, so props to the door girl who recommended this Mexican food place on 2nd and Master. Seriously, if you’re ever in Philly, go here, it’s fucking delicious. Hold Tight:This is the third time that I’ve seen this Richmond dudes play, and I wasn’t sure how they were going to do […]

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Subhumans, Millions of Dead Cops, Defect Defect (Live in Philly 4/4/11)

Millions of Dead Cops playing Philly? There was no way I was going to miss this show. Yesterday, on the beautiful 70 degree afternoon, I headed out to Philly’s Barbary to catch MDC open for UK’s The Subhumans. I only caught the last song of the opening band, but from what I heard, they sounded tight. Defect DefectI’ve never heard of these guys before hand, but these Portland dudes ripped it up. It seemed like besides one person, nobody in the crowd knew any of […]

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