Misfits – American Psycho (For fans of The Ramones, Black Flag, The Adicts)

Yeah yeah, we get it… New Misfits suck blah blah blah… whatever, glad we got that out of the way. In the spirit of Halloween, I’ve been spinning a shitload of Misfits albums as of late, and I’m not going to lie, I am really digging American Psycho. Released back in 1997, it was the first album to be released without founder Danzig (so you could imagine the reception it got), and yes, it is different than original Misfits lineup. However, I think American Psycho […]

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The Menzingers, Broadway Calls, Flatliners (live in Philly 10/23/11)

Last night, after a trip down to DC, I headed straight up to Philly’s Danger Danger to catch “exploding in popularity really fucking quickly” pop-punk act The Menzingers. It’s been over 2 years since I last been to Danger, and the spot hasn’t changed one bit. The Arteries: photo by the great blakelarsonphoto.com I missed openers Leagues Apart, but was able to catch UK’s The Arteries, and holy shit did they put on a good show. I never heard them before but they completely blew […]

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Star Fucking Hipsters – From The Dumpster To The Grave (For fans of Leftover Crack, Choking Victim, Morning Glory)

Scott Sturgeon and his self proclaimed crack rock steady bands (Star Fucking Hipsters, Choking Victim, Leftover Crack) have always stirred mixed feelings among punk rock fans. Earlier this month, Star Fucking Hipsters released their 3rd album entitled “From The Dumpster To The Grave”, and love them or hate them… they sure can write a catchy fucking tune. In past releases the band mixed elements of punk, metal, ska, and pop to create a infectiously catchy ass song, and they have proven to do the same […]

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Government Warning LAST SHOW , Cloak/Dagger (Live in Richmond 10/15/11)

Why do all of the best bands break up way before their time? This past weekend, I made the pilgrimage from Philadelphia down to Richmond, VA to catch their Government Warning play their goodbye show. Playing at Strange Matter, I haven’t been there since it was the Nancy Raygun nearly 7 years ago. Strangely enough, the place didn’t seem to have changed at all. The sold out venue was packed with plenty of faces looking to party with GW one last time. Cloak/Dagger: I missed […]

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Black Flag – Loose Nut (For fans of Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Adolescents)

I love Black Flag, but I will admit, there is a bunch of albums of theirs I just simply can’t get into. Sure, everyone loves Damaged and The First Four Years, but it seems like people are pretty divided I just can’t get into their gloomy, Black Sabbath experimental era (“My War”). In 1985 Black Flag released “Loose Nut”, and while it wasn’t exactly a return to form to their earlier days, it incorporated much more of that hardcore sound that makes Black Flag so […]

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Saves The Day Live In Philly (11/7/11)

Confession: I’ve been waiting for nearly 11 years to go see Saves The Day. Being from New Jersey, and loving Through Being Cool when it first came out (aaaand throughout the years), I’m sort of embarrassed I waited this long. I was always worried they wouldn’t play anything off their first two albums (the only two I really know), and hence waited longer. I finally decided it was way too long, so I headed out to Philly’s Trocadero. I almost wasn’t allowed into the venue […]

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Banquets – Top Button, Bottom Shelf (For fans of Gaslight Anthem, The Reveling, Static Radio NJ)

New Jersey’s Banquets are going to be making waves with their latest release “Top Button, Bottom Shelf”. Following up their “This Is Our Concern Dude” EP, Banquets returns with ten catchy, anthem songs that is sure to please any fan of melodic punk. The band is able to pack punk rock grittiness in between sensible poppier hooks and harmonies, making the songs pretty reminiscent of The Menzingers and The Reveling. Lyrically, the band is full of some I find the album best listened to as […]

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Bomb the Music Industry – Vacation (For fans of Big D And The Kid’s Table, Weezer, ASOB)

Bomb the Music Industry is constantly evolving. After the demise of my beloved Arrogant Sons of Bitches, I remember hearing about lead singer’s Jeff’s solo project, Bomb The Music Industry. I listened to his laptop recorded, drum machine, heavy punk rock songs of Album Minus Band and was instantly hooked. Seven albums and six years later, I’m still hooked, as proven by their latest release “Vacation”. From the ambient opener of Campaign For A Better Next Weekend, it becomes apparent that Vacation is a bit […]

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Strike Anywhere, Wilhelm Scream, Copyrights, One Win Choice (Live In Philly 9/30/11)

Last night I headed out to Philly’s Barbary to catch one fuck of a lineup in melodic hardcore (and pop punk): Strike Anywhere, A Wilhelm Scream, The Copyrights, and One Win Choice. The place had a solid turnout for an early show, although the crowd was mostly dead (for some reason, every Strike Anywhere show in Philly is like that, very different than when I used to see them in DC). One Win Choice:Jersey turned Philly’s own One Win Choice opened to a decent gathering […]

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