Crucial Dudes – 61 Penn (For fans of Saves The Day, Wonder Years, Latterman)

I have to admit, besides having an awesome name, I was still a little skeptical when I first received Crucial Dude’s debut album 61 Penn. Pop-punk is a tricky genre to do right, and I am a stubborn listener. Rest assured though, these Crucial Dudes deliver. Playing 10 songs in approximately 20 minutes, 61 Penn is an energetic pop-punk ride that pulls from all the right influences. The music (especially title track) reminded me of Saves The Day “Through Being Cool” era, and they didn’t […]

Continue Reading

Guess I’m Going To Long Island Mix

This was one of the first image results for “Long Island”. I’m now terrified. What up trusty housewives readers? For you dudes/dudettes in the States (the colonies for you British homies out there), I hope you all have a kickass Memorial Day weekend. I’ll be heading up to Long Island to visit some friends, praying for an impromptu Barnaby Jones reunion show, and maybe try to catch that stupid fucking serial killer. Little bummed I’m not heading to my home state beaches (I love you […]

Continue Reading

The Impossibles – Brick Bomb EP (For fans of Weezer, Lawrence Arms, Jawbreaker)

It’s funny how an album or song can take you back to a very specific place and time. I remember jamming out to the Impossibles “Brick Bomb” EP my freshman year of college (8 years ago, damn…) while skating, and having the song “Oxygen” pretty much sum up everything I was feeling: homesick, missing NJ, wondering what the fuck I was doing with my life. I’m listening to the song now, and I still get butterflies, with it bringing me back to that exact moment […]

Continue Reading

ANS – Pressure Cracks (For fans of Municipal Waste, D.R.I, Crucial Unit)

I really dig crossover thrash, but a problem I often run into when listening is bands pursuing too much of the metal roots as opposed to the punk side. And if the vocals are more growling like metal, then fuck that. This unfortunately leaves me with a limited number of crossover bands I listen to regularly (Municipal Waste and Crucial Unit to name a few). Recently, I’ve added A.N.S to that list. After seeing these dudes in Philly, I bought their album “Pressure Cracks” and […]

Continue Reading

Bedouin Soundclash – Light The Horizon (For fans of Bob Marley, Desmond Dekker, King Django)

I’ve been a pretty big fan of Bedouin Soundclash for a while now, ever since they released “Sounding A Mosaic” back in 2004. After their prior and personal favorite release of “Street Gospels“, I was pretty excited to check out their latest release “Light The Horizon”. In all honesty, I’ve actually been sitting on the review of “Light The Horizon” for months now, hoping I’d warm up to it more. It’s a solid listen, but it’s a bit of a departure from their earlier stuff, […]

Continue Reading

Cobra Lung / Piss Boys Split (For fans of Negative Approach, Coke Bust, Paint It Black))

If my mp3 player was able to keep track of play counts, it would tell you the amount of times I’ve listened to the Cobra Lung / Piss boys split has to be nearing triple digits. It’s just so damn good and also a quick listen so I can always squeeze it in (that’s what she said). For those who don’t know, Philly/NJ’s Cobra Lung plays hardcore in the veins of Negative Approach, and they bring 5 of their hard hitting songs to Side A […]

Continue Reading

Lighten Up, ANS, Sweet Tooth, No Lessons Learned (Live In Phily 5/11/11)

Lighten Up record release show? No way I was missing and not losing my shit at this one, even if I was getting an MRI earlier in the day. I headed out to the DBAJ house and caught the 4 bands playing for the night. No Lessons Learned:First up were Philly’s own No Lessons Learned. Playing hardcore that sort of reminded me of Sick Of It All, these guys put on a relatively quick but hard hitting set that got a few people in the […]

Continue Reading

Lighten Up – I’d Rather Be Snoring (For fans of Paint it Black, The Steal, Gorilla Biscuits)

Over the past 2 years, Philly’s own Lighten Up have become one of my favorite hardcore bands around. With their release of “Absolutely Not”, I was blown away by their melodic hardcore. Recently I checked out their earlier “I’d Rather Be Snoring” EP, and while a bit different, it’s still solid. Released back in 2007 “I’d Rather Be Snoring” is a 5 song blast that ends almost soon as it starts. While their newer stuff is more melodic, pulling a lot of influences from Kid […]

Continue Reading

Protest The Hero Live In Philly (5/4/11)

Once in a great while, a show will do something amazing for my health. I can only think of a few instances where I truly needed the show (Give Up The Ghost back in 2003 and Smoke or Fire back in October), and last night was one of them. Incredibly stressed and on the verge of a panic attack (only had 2 in my life), a little Protest The Hero was exactly what I needed… Fuck Yeah. I made it to the Trocadero just as […]

Continue Reading

Cobra Lung, The Credentials, Spraynard (Live In Philly 4/29/11)

Holy crap things have been crazy on my end here, hence the delay of posting. Anyways, on Friday night, I headed out to South Philly to catch Cobra Lung play a basement show, fuck yeah dude. Nona: First up was a three piece, female fronted indie influenced punk band from West Chester called Nona. They played a really quick, yet enjoyable set. I can see people who dig Screaming Females liking these guys. You can check out their demo over here. Spraynard: I didn’t know […]

Continue Reading