Dag Nasty – Can I Say (For fans of Minor Threat, Lifetime, Texas Is The Reason)

Maybe it was the Texas Is The Reason show I recently went to, but I’ve been listening to a lot of Dag Nasty as of late.  Along with other DC pioneers Embrace (Ian Mackaye’s band in between Minor Threat and Fugazi), Dag Nasty help pave the way for melodic hardcore back in the 1980s. Released back in 1986, Dag Nasty’s debut Can I Say contains 10 jams that influenced many melodic/post hardcore bands.  Take their song “Under Your Influence” for example, you can see where […]

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The Menzingers – On The Impossible Past (For fans of Gaslight Anthem, Bouncing Souls, The Holy Mess)

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of The Menzinger’s third studio release On The Impossible Past, and a subtle reminder that I really needed to make a damn post on it already.  If you know anything about The Menzingers, you know exactly what to expect on their latest album: mid-tempo, raw, anthematic tunes. Originally from Scranton, PA, The Menzingers really exploded over the past few years once they moved to Philadelphia, and it’s been fun watching them evolve over the time.  On The Impossible Past […]

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DNF – Hurt (For fans of Trash Talk, Ceremony, Touche Amore)

Take a quick look through your record collection, how do you feel about ripping powerviolence hardcore?  If you dig it, then you’ll definitely love DNF’s (or Duke Nukem Forever) 7 inch release Hurt. Featuring members of both Trash Talk and Touche Amore, DNF plays eye gouging hardcore similar to the likes of old Punch or Ceremony (in fact, the vocals sound a lot like they do on Violence Violence).  In typical powerviolence fashion, the band is constantly alternating between shredding riffs and slower sludgier parts, […]

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Texas Is The Reason Live In Philadelphia (2/16/13)

Texas Is The Reason twice in less than 6 months… am I lucky, or what?  Saturday night I got a chance to see Texas Is The Reason again with some friends, only this time I stayed pretty close to home heading out to Philly’s own Union Transfer.  I missed Title Fight (confession time: I’m not a huge Title Fight fan although I heard their new album is killer… maybe I’ll give them another listen) but made it with plenty of time to see Texas Is […]

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(Punk) Cover Monday Pt. 2

Welcome back to our (semi) regular column of punk covers on Mondays.  This week we’re posting songs of punk bands covering 80s punk bands… it’s like inception up in this bitch. MP3: Kid Dynamite – Rise Above (Black Flag cover) H2O – Nazi Punks Fuck Off (Dead Kennedys Cover) LxExAxRxNx – Seeing Red (Minor Threat cover) The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Think Again (Minor Threat cover) Ceremony – 5 To 10 (Vile cover) More Mixes: Punk Cover Monday Part 1 Scenester 101 – How To […]

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Run, Forever – Settling (For fans of Against Me, Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Wild)

If I could describe Run, Forever’s latest release Settling out on Tiny Engines in one word, it would be raw.  As a fan of both their last LP The Devil, And Death, And Me and their split with The Wild, it’s been fun watching these Pittsburgh folk punks evolve. On Settling, Run Forever extends their sound in every direction.  From the mid tempo, shout along opener “Good Enough” to the incredibly upbeat and optimistic closer “Forget”, we’re treated with plenty of anthematic, folk influenced, punk […]

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Crisis Of Conformity – Fist Fight (for fans of Dead Kennedys, Adolescents, Circle Jerks)

If the name “Crisis Of Conformity” rings a bell, you may have seen them featured on Saturday Night Live (or maybe you’re just confusing them with Corrosion Of Conformity).  The brainchild of Fred Armisen (Trenchmouth, Blue Man Group), Crisis Of Conformity was created as sort of a nod and tribute to the punk bands he grew up listening to. You could find the sketch online, I have to say… even though the band was created as a joke I find myself listening to the 2 […]

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The Exploited – Fuck The System (For fans of The Casualties, The Unseen, GBH)

The Exploited are one of the more well known punk bands from the 80s, with their debut “Punk’s Not Dead” released back in 1981 and influencing countless other bands.  However in 2003, these Scottish punks released a new album entitled Fuck The System completely departing from the more classic punk sound, and I’m going to warn you now: it’s not for the faint of heart. Fuck The System is a heavy, thrash influenced, defiant, circle pit inspiring 13 songs.  Blending aggressive street punk with some […]

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