Municipal Waste Live In Philly (6/25/12)

Last night I headed to Philly’s new(ish) Union Transfer to go see Richmond party fuck thrashers, Municipal Waste.  I wasn’t sure how seeing them at Union Transfer would be (a relatively large venue compared to most places they play), but the place made sure to make it seem as intimate as possible without barricades… oh and there is air conditioning there, so won’t argue that. Municipal Waste: I wound up showing up pretty late, missing everyone except for the Waste.  These guys are up there […]

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The Copyrights, The Dopamines, Mean Jeans Live In Philly (6/24/12)

After being in the sun all day at a super last minute Phillies game (don’t care about the Phillies, hoped to see Tampa Bay lose), I headed out to Philly’s Barbary to catch one hell of a pop-punk lineup.  I would have went for The Copyrights or Mean Jeans alone, but having them both on the same set?  Fuck yeah. House Boat: I came in about halfway through these NJ guys set.  I caught House Boat at the Asbury Lanes about two years ago, and […]

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Static Radio NJ – We Are All Beasts (For fans of Lifetime, Banquets, The Great Explainer)

Static Radio NJ have evolved quite a bit over the past few years.  After releasing their debut One For The Good Guys EP, the band gained popularity due to their no bullshit, fast paced hardcore.  With their follow up An Evening Of Bad Decisions, Static Radio NJ switched gears into a more melodic direction, and with their latest release We Are All Beasts, they expand their Lifetime-esque sound even more. With 12 melodic punk tracks it’s almost impossible not to compare them to other NJ […]

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Campaign – The Black Album (For fans of Hot Water Music, Banquets, Banner Pilot)

Ever since Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice I’ve been anticipating some new music from Atlanta, Georgia’s Campaign.  With their fourth EP (because fuck full lengths is the philosophy of these guys) The Black Album, (what up Jaaaaay-Z) Campaign returns to their gruffy and gritty punk rock sound. The 5 song album kicks off with Breaking Bones, which is a much more straightforward punk rock song than any of the more melodic songs of theirs in the past.  Campaign also shows a new darkness to their music with […]

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The Clash – London Calling (For Fans of The Ramones, The Buzzcocks, Cock Sparrer)

If you were to mention The Clash to anyone, the iconic album cover of London Calling, with Simonon smashing his guitar into the stage is the first thing to come into mind for most.  Even though the cover was originally a tribute to Elvis Presley, it has definitely passed it in terms of recognizability. London Calling is actually the third studio album released by The Clash, and if you are a fan of punk at all, you ought to have this album.  The songs range […]

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The Bouncing Souls – Comet (For fans of Hot Water Music, The Loved Ones, Gaslight Anthem)

New Jersey’s The Bouncing Souls and I have a bit of a history.  They’ve easily been my favorite band since I picked up their Self Titled many moons ago as an angst filled teen, I have seen them countless of times, and even fucking broke my arm at one of their shows (resulting in the permanent fixture of 2 steel plates and about 20 screws in my arm.  Their music has (and still) gets me through some of the roughest patches of my life, and […]

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Ceremony, Citizen’s Arrest Live In Philly (6/10/12)

Last night after trekking out to my home state of NJ, I rushed back to Philly in order to catch one of my favorite hardcore bands around, Ceremony.  I arrived at The Barbary just in time to catch the majority of Citizen’s Arrest. Citizen’s Arrest Screaming Females had to drop from the tour for medical reasons, and so Ceremony got recently reunited Citizen’s Arrest (they were originally only active from 1989-1991) to play.  They known for blending hardcore, grindcore, and power violence to make one […]

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Bouncing Souls, Cheap Girls, Static Radio NJ Live in Philly (6/8/12)

Last night I headed to Philly’s Trocadero to catch my all time favorite band, The Bouncing Souls.  This was the first time seeing them in Philadelphia since shattering my arm last year at their shows at the First Unitarian Church, and it was also their record release show for their latest album, Comet. Static Radio NJ I didn’t even realize Static Radio NJ was on the bill until about an hour before the show started, so I hauled ass to catch them.  They took the […]

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Dangers – Self Titled EP (For fans of Ceremony, Punch, Graf Orlock)

California’s Dangers is easily one of the most pissed off, unapologetic hardcore bands around today.  Their 2005 Self Titled EP contains 9 minutes of 7 scathing songs, scorching everything in it’s path. The music is aggressive and no bullshit, which is incredibly congruent with their lyrics.  From attacking the punk scene for stagnation and being too afraid to change anything in Our Whole Entire Unit, to criticizing the meat heads in hardcore in Neo Neo Nazis (Stop F.ucking S.hit U.p), Dangers bring a refreshing kick […]

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Refused – Songs To Fan The Flames Of Discontent (For fans of Blacklisted, Minor Threat, At The Drive In)

Sweden’s Refused have been blowing up all sorts of headlines this year with the announcement of a reunion and playing a few shows.  I never realized they had so many fans, and it seems like the majority of people I talked to dig their groundbreaking The Shape Of Punk To Come as their favorite album.  Confession time: I don’t really like The Shape Of Punk To Come.  Maybe I need to give it another chance, but I’ll take their 2nd album Songs To Fan The […]

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