The Bouncing Souls, Youth Brigade, The Ratchets Home For The Holidays (Live In Asbury Park 12/26/13)

There are a few certainties in life: death, taxes, and The Bouncing Souls Home For The Holidays shows.  Ever since the Bouncing Souls started this tradition back in 2007, where they would play 4 back to back shows in Asbury Park, I’ve made an effort to attend one show every year from my favorite band around.  This year I opted for the first show the day after Christmas since Youth Brigade was on the bill, and I fucking love those guys. Every year, The Bouncing […]

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Saves The Day Live In Philly (12/22/13)

Holy crap, with the holidays and just remaining incredibly busy am I behind on posts here.  I’ve been to like 4 shows this week alone, and am just getting a chance to post. Last Sunday, I headed to Philly’s First Unitarian Church to see the legendary Saves The Day (fuck you, they’re legendary if you’re originally from NJ too).  Seeing them in this no barricade, sold out, intimate environment was going to be awesome, except they were playing an acoustic show.  I wasn’t sure what […]

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World Inferno Friendship Society Live In Philadelphia (12/20/13)

I headed out to Philadelphia’s Union Transfer on this unseasonably warm past past Friday night to catch my favorite cabaret waltz punks, The World Inferno Friendship Society.  I entered right during the last song of O’Death, which had a bunch of people dancing.  The place itself wasn’t sold out, so there was plenty of room for dancing once World Inferno took the stage.  I’ve noticed that ever since The Anarchy And The Ecstasy was released, it seems like a lot of the older World Inferno fans […]

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Protest The Hero Live At The Trocadero (12/15/13 Philly)

Last night, I headed to Philly’s Trocadero to catch Canadian prog-thrash-punk-I don’t know what the fuck to classify them as dudes Protest The Hero.  I had to pick between seeing them and Big D and The Kid’s Table which was happening across town, on account I just saw Big D last month, I opted to go with PTH.  I got to the Trocadero late, and was told at the door that there was “no moshing or crowd surfing tonight.”  Pffft… fat chance. I missed most […]

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Off With Their Heads, Morning Glory, Direct Hit Show Recap (Philadelphia 12/11/13)

Wednesday after a day of abusing my body snowboarding, I headed to Philly’s beloved First Unitarian Church basement to catch one hell of a lineup.  Any of these bands on the bill would be good enough for me to go to the show, having Off With Their Heads, Morning Glory, and Direct Hit all together was just a god damn mind melt.  Unfortunately I missed almost all of The Headies, but the last two songs I was able to catch were sick.  So I’ll need […]

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Protest The Hero – Volition (For fans Propagandhi, Lamb Of God, Symphony X)

Protest The Hero continues to blow my mind.  Seeing these Ontario dudes progress from when I first got into them in 2003 from a melodic punk band to the genre hopping band they are today is pretty fucking awesome, and their latest Volition doesn’t disappoint.   On Volition, Protest The Hero continues to follow their progressive metal/thrash path while still wearing their punk influences on their plaid lumberjack-esque sleeves (that’s what Canadians wear, right?).  Fans of their previous Kezia and Fortress who found the screams […]

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NOFX, The F.Us Live At The TLA (Philadelphia 12/1/13)

I stated in my Bane show recap that I actually wound up going to two shows on Sunday.  After seeing Bane completely tear up The Kung Fu Necktie, sacrificing my body, and getting some damn good sushi, I headed over to Philly’s Theatre of Living Arts to catch punk rock legends NOFX.  I was sore, but I knew there was no way I was going to be able to remain calm during their set. The TLA is a completely different beast than the Kung Fu […]

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Bane Live At Kung Fu Necktie (Philadelphia 12/1/13)

I can’t think of a better way to start off my December than to go to two shows in one day.  The first one I headed to was a Bane matinee at Philly’s intimate Kung Fu Necktie.  The fact that Bane was playing this tiny ass venue was mindblowing, considering they sell out venues three times the size. I got there a bit late, but made it just in time for Bane.  The place was packed and I was pretty ready to rage.  Boston hardcore […]

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Western Addiction – Pines (For fans of Black Flag, Minor Threat, Paint It Black)

When San Francisco’s hardcore act made headway with their first full length Cognicide back in 2005, I was completely blown away and left me wanting more.  It took 8 years of being blue-balled, but finally they give us their 3 song EP Pines.  Pines is exactly what you’d expect from Western Addiction: fast, concise and not really missing a beat from where they left off.  Taking the influences of old pissed hardcore like Black Flag or Minor Threat, Pines is a solid listen for anyone […]

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Cherie Currie (The Runaways), The High Five Recap In Philly (11/15/13)

(Cherry Bomb starts around 1:15) Without a doubt if you were to ask who the most influential all female rock/punk bands were, The Runaways would be at the top of your list.  This past Friday night I had the chance to see lead singer Cherie Currie perform with her band at Philly’s intimate bar/club The Barbary. Presented by Guitar Army, Philly’s own punk-glam-rock party (which has grown from just a few people hanging out listening to The Ramones, The Clash, and The New York Dolls […]

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