Campaign – H1N1 (For fans of Hot Water Music, Friends of Friends, Over Stars and Gutters)

Hey there! You, yeah I’m talking to you buddy. Do you just so happen to have a scruffy beard (or like scruffy beards if you’re a girl)? Often find yourself on punknews? Say to yourself “Boy oh boy! I sure do wish I was in Gainesville right now, drinking some PBR at The Fest!” You’re in luck my friend, do I have the EP for you. Back when I first Campaign’s latest EP “Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice“, I was blown away and decided I needed to […]

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Handguns – Don’t Bite Your Tongue (For fans of Saves The Day, Hold Tight, Blink 182)

I was a little bit skeptical when first listening to “Don’t Bite Your Tongue”, the latest release from Pennsylvania’s Handguns. I usually despise pop-punk, especially when the guy’s voice can come off as whiny (usually that’s instant “shut this shit off” for me), but god damn, I’m fucking hooked like a junkie at a heroin convention. Only 7 songs long, the album reminds me a bit of a 90s pop-punk orgy that included Saves The Day and the guiltier pleasures of Blink-182. Sure the songs […]

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Less Than Jake – Greetings From… (For fans of Against All Authority, Reel Big Fish, Big D And The Kids Table)

Less Than Jake reminds me of the story of the prodigal son. The band had a big and loyal ska-punk fanbase, went out and squandered it to be able to get radio airplay (eliminating the horns for the most part), realizing that they weren’t enjoying doing that even though they were making more money and returned to their fanbase who welcomed them with open arms back in 2008 with the release of GNVFLA.Seemingly out of the blue, Less Than Jake recently released “Greetings From…” earlier […]

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Kill Your Idols – No Gimmicks Needed (For fans of Good Riddance, Negative Approach, Gorilla Biscuits)

Long Island hardcore band Kill Your Idols put the “punk” back in hardcore punk on their debut LP album “No Gimmicks Needed”. Released back in 2000, (when screamo and emo were reaching their prime), “No Gimmicks Needed” describes what the band and album are all about. The music is tight, aggressive, and intense with the crunching guitars and the barked lyrics. The band often flirts with melody without ever becoming too melodic, and the music always stays aggressive. They remind me a bit of Good […]

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Kids Like Us, The Greenery (Live in NJ 6/11/11)

After a two hour ride to visit the grandparents (up the good grandson punx), I then headed two hours south to Vineland NJ to catch Florida hardcore band Kids Like Us. The show was at the Hangar 84, which was a huge warehouse that can hold a few hundred (maybe a thousand) kids, but there were approximately 50 people there for the show. I skipped all the local metal-core acts (I really, really hate metal-core) and wound up walking around the town for a bit […]

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Lighten Up – Where Fun Goes To Die (For fans of Paint it Black, Kid Dynamite, The Steal)

Philly’s own (and one of my favorite bands) Lighten Up released their “Where Fun Goes To Die” EP a few months back, and holy fuck does it rule. The EP is a whirlwind of furious punk rock and hardcore that ends almost as soon as it started, but the band has also expanded their sound on their latest effort. The band has managed to incorporate some straight rock and roll influences as well, making the songs sound fuller than earlier releases.Highly recommended, and if you […]

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Summer Means Pop Punk Mix

Ahh June! My favorite month of the year. I don’t know where you live (although google probably does), but up here in Philly things have finally gotten pretty summer-esque, which means I’m stoked. For some reason, some light hearted pop-punk (and a little Bouncing Souls) always seems perfect for this type of weather. So here’s a little mix for you homies. What songs do you include on your summer mix? MP3:Hold Tight! – Virginia Is Beautiful, Wish You Were HereSaves The Day – Banned From […]

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Screeching Weasel – First World Manifesto (For fans of Ramones, NOFX, The Queers)

Yada yada yada, mandatory introduction about Ben Weasel being a huge asshole and punching a girl who was throwing bottles at him, clocked someone else, etc. We get it, the dude is a complete douche. However, before all of that drama, Screeching Weasel dropped one last album before all of the other members resigned due to Ben’s antics. Released in March, Screeching Weasel’s “First World Manifesto” is the 12 album by the band, and the first album in over 11 years from them. With even […]

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