Bad Religion – How Could Hell Be Any Worse (For fans of The Circle Jerks, Youth Brigade, Bad Brains)

Bad Religion is one of those bands that even people who don’t listen to or know the slightest thing about punk rock knows about.  While these Los Angeles guys have exploded over the year, even going on to make some US charts for best selling albums, nothing compares with their first full length How Could Hell Be Any Worse. Recorded and released back in 1982 on a budget of $1000 (which the band borrowed $1000 from the guitarist’s father) How Could Hell Be Any Worse […]

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Protest The Hero Live In Philly (4/22/12)

Last night I headed out to Philly’s Trocadero to catch punk turned progressive metal act Protest The Hero.  These guys always put on a good show, and I love watching how they’ve progressed from when I first heard their melodic punk sounds back when they released “A Calculated Use Of Sound” all the way to their face melting riffs of Scurrilous.  I walked in about halfway through Periphery’s set, and while I don’t really know too much about these Maryland dudes, they definitely had the […]

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Ceremony, Dead People Screaming Live In Philly (4/21/12)

Yesterday evening I headed out to my second home The Barbary to catch one of my favorite hardcore acts around, Ceremony.  It’s been about a year since I last saw them and they always put on a solid show.  As an added bonus, I learned that Philly’s own Dead People Screaming was opening the show and I’ve been meaning to catch these dudes for a little while. Dead People Screaming: Singer Ryan came out wearing a drag dress and some Batman undies to the surprise […]

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Guantanamo Baywatch – Chest Crawl (For fans of Shannon And The Clams, Dry Feet, The Cramps)

Today we’re bringing you something a little bit different.  I’m not the biggest fan of surf music, but I recognize the importance of surf rock as far as it’s influence of punk (after all, The Ramones pretty much took the Beach Boys and made it faster and more distorted).  There aren’t many surf punk bands I dig besides Philly’s own Dry Feet, but I recently had a chance to check out Portland’s Guantanamo Baywatch’s Chest Crawl and I have to say, I’m digging it. These […]

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Municipal Waste – The Fatal Feast (For fans of DRI, Nuclear Assault, Crucial Unit)

I was cautiously excited for Municipal Waste’s fifth full length The Fatal Feast released about a week ago.  I love Municipal Waste, but I was a little underwhelmed by their last album Massive Aggressive.  Sure, Massive Aggressive wasn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination, but to me it just seemed slower and unmemorable (although in it’s defense, the songs transcribed MUCH better live).  After a few listens to The Fatal Feast, I’m happy to say Municipal Waste is back to fucking shit up. The […]

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Red C – Demo (For fans of Minor Threat, Teen Idles, Government Issue)

Red C is one of those hardcore gems from the 80s that not many people know about.  Formed in DC back in 1981, the band only played about 7 shows ever, and only recorded one 4 song demo (which Dischord released on their Flex Your Head compilation).  Still, any early hardcore fan would dig them. The demo is only about 5 minutes in length, with the first track being an instrumental, but I’ve been listening to it a lot lately.  Playing hardcore in the veins […]

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Punk Rock For A Cause (Lifetime and Handguns)

So, I usually keep posts targeted towards album reviews, mixes, the occasional interview and live show recaps… but today I am going to make an exception.  Local Philly concert photographer Wass Photography has teamed up with 24 different bands and Cold Cut Merch for one fuck of noble cause. It goes something like this: each band selects a nonprofit of their choice, and Wass Photography submits a photo of the band for a t-shirt, and all of the proceeds go to the charity the band […]

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Seaway – Self Titled EP (RIYL Crucial Dudes, Newfound Glory, Mixtapes)

I approach pop-punk like postal workers approach a suspicious package in the mail: poke it with a stick a few times, and hope the results don’t leave me covered in burns praying for my life to be spared.  I guess what I’m trying to (poorly) say is for every good pop-punk band, there are probably like 1000 shitty ones I simply cannot stand due to them being too whiny, too poppy, or (insert elitist reason for hating some pop-punk band of your choice here). Ontario’s […]

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Punk Rock Easter (A Mix)

So tomorrow is Easter, and for most of us on the east coast here, that marks the mental beginning of Spring.  Avoid those god-awful popcorn jellybeans (seriously, vomit tastes better), go find the eggs Jesus laid or something, and rock out. MP3: Star Fucking Hipsters – Zombie Christ Dillinger Four – New Punk Fashions For The Spring Formal LxExAxRxNx – Spring The Copyrights – Stuck In Springtime Rites Of Spring – Spring Assorted Jellybeans – Assorted Jellybeans Horse The Band – Bunnies More Mixes: I […]

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Municipal Waste – Scion EP (For fans of Crucial Unit, DRI, ANS)

I just found out that the other night Andrew WK played “I Get Wet” here in Philly in it’s entirety, and I HAD NO FUCKING IDEA!!!  It’s a sad day for partying, indeed.  Good thing today, party crossover thrashers Municipal Waste released a teaser EP through Scion A/V (wait what?) Yeah.  You read that right.  Richmond’s Municipal Waste put out a 2 song EP (although calling 2 songs an EP is a stretch) through Scion Audio Visual.  It features one song from their upcoming The […]

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