Grey Area Live In Philly (1/28/12)

(Hitler learns he’s not on Grey Area’s guest list…I found this while looking for Grey Area on youtube. I love the internet.) Yesterday was completely ridiculous. After heading to the Philly’s piazza to watch a free Newfound Glory show (I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many fights break out), then Philly’s shit show “Makeout Club”, I headed over to the Fire to catch melodic hardcore legends Grey Area. Unfortunately I missed all of the openers sets except the last two by The Reveling (to […]

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Fucked Up – David Comes To Life (For fans of Trash Talk, Titus Andronicus, Pissed Jeans)

If there is one band that always manages to surprise the hell out of me, it’s Fucked Up. I remember listening to their demo and Epic in Minutes back when it came out and thinking they were pretty solid hardcore band, but not the messiahs of hardcore many were touting them to be. Now ten years later they release “David Comes To Life” and not only are the ‘too cool for school’ writers at Pitchfork collectively jizzing their pants over it, it’s listed as #83 […]

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Dangers – Messy Isn’t It (For fans of Ceremony, Punch, Trash Talk)

If I can sum up Dangers “Messy Isn’t It” in one word, it would be ‘uneasy’. Just looking at the album art should give an impression as to what to expect: raw and challenging. The album opens immediately challenging the listener “why didn’t you kill yourself today…Prove to me that the air you breathe wasn’t better served by the leaves of a tree”. Playing furious and incredibly aggressive hardcore, Dangers 19 song (well, with two interludes) in 35 minutes album is easily becoming one of […]

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Grey Area, Reveling, Copyrights, Luther – 4 Way Split

Like a gang-bang porn, sometimes 4 artists come together to create something incredibly beautiful. When I heard that Black Numbers was releasing a 4 way split between Grey Area, The Reveling, The Copyrights, and Luther, the word anticipation would be an understatement. Shit, I would have picked this up for the two Grey Area tracks alone even if the rest of the songs were flatulence as performed by Duran Duran, but instead each of the two songs by each band are worth checking out. The […]

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The Internet May Die Soon, Fight Back Now

So you’ve probably heard about the whole SOPA/PIPA mess going on. It’s gotten bad enough to the point where major companies like google and craigslist are taking a stand on it. Pretty much, imagine if you’re grandparents tried to “fix” the internet. It’s sort of like that. And YOU can make a difference. What is this nonsense? SOPA is the House’s version of the bill, and PIPA is Senate’s. Both bills were designed to stop internet piracy, but they are incredibly flawed. What’s Wrong With […]

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Bigwig – An Invitation To Tragedy (For fans of Good Riddance, NOFX, Propagandhi)

Originally hailing from NJ, I’ve been a Bigwig fan for a VERY long time, yet I realized that I haven’t posted one of my favorite albums by them. In the interest of not failing my home state (and by consequence, not having defender of NJ Danny Devito come by and kick me in the balls), let me just state that Bigwig’s Invitation To Tragedy is an essential. Released over 10 years ago back in 2001 (shit, that’s a sobering thought), I remember logging many skate […]

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The Wild / Run Forever split (For fans of Against Me, Bouncing Souls, Mischief Brew)

Atlanta’s The Wild have been getting a lot of press as of late. I never got to check out any of their albums, but I am loving their split with Run Forever. The split starts with the folksy ballad “Street Names” and the incredibly catchy harmonica driven, dual male/female vocals of “To Be Content”. Besides the fact that “Street Names” starts off like Taking Back Sunday’s “Cute Without The E”*, it’s very reminiscent of Mischief Brew or older Against Me. The split then takes a […]

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Man The Change – Weather The Storm (for fans of Strike Anywhere, Satanic Surfers, Lifetime)

Brooklyn NY. Usually associated with hipsters, mobsters telling you “fuhgeddaboutit”, and now one of the most solid new melodic hardcore bands I’ve heard in a while. Man The Change released their either incredibly long or incredibly short 8 song “Weather The Storm” last year, and I’ve been listening to it nonstop as of late. Pulling from a grab bag of punk rock influences, I hear traces of melodic hardcore, skate punk, and pop-punk within the 8 songs. Plenty of whoa’s, breakdowns, and gang vocals, Man […]

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Lifetime (Live In Philly 1/8/11)

Man, it felt like this show would never come. Buying tickets for a friend and I back in October (which immediately sold out), it’s been a long wait, but I finally got to see Lifetime again on Sunday in the First Unitarian Church. I’ve been listening to these guys forever, but I didn’t really start truly appreciating them as much as I do now until the past few years. I completely missed Iron Chic, and decided gummy bears were really important at that given time […]

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Top 10 Of 2011

I figured you were all so busy reading other lists, that once we were a week into 2012, you’d be suffering list withdrawal and BAM, housewives have the crack you need. That’s how we roll. What a year in punk music. I got a chance to see Kid Dynamite and American Nightmare again, was at Government Warning’s last show, got to meet a bunch of cool kids and new bands, broke some bones at shows (surgeon said it’s going to be a lifelong injury… fuck […]

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