World Inferno Friendship Society (Live In Philly 3/30/13))

Last night, I headed to Philly’s own Union Transfer to see cabaret punks The World Inferno Friendship Society.  I missed most of the opening bands, but got there in time to party World Inferno style (slamdancing/waltzing/general rowdiness).  The venue itself was probably at half capacity or so, which made for plenty of dancing room, a nice welcome for once at an Inferno show. Unlike other punk shows, when you see World Inferno, it’s always just a giant party.  The band took the stage, and is […]

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Bad Side – Looking For A Bad Time (For fans of Bones Brigade, DS 13, Cut The Shit)

From the ashes of a bunch of Philly bands comes Bad Side, the hardcore project containing members of Lighten Up, Cobra Lung, and GA$H.  I’m going to keep this one quick in the spirit of the music, but I’ve been listening to their demo nonstop for months now. Bad Side’s 5 minute demo captures what hardcore is all about: raw, fast as fuck aggressive music that is sure to entice plenty of stage dives.  While I hate the overuse of different “-cores” (it’s all just […]

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Bad Religion – Suffer (For fans of NOFX, Pennywise, Rancid)

Bad Religion played Philadelphia this past Monday, and I missed it.  I’ve been feeling terrible about it, so I’ve been pretty much listening to Bad Religion non-stop all week.  The album of choice I’ve been spinning is their highly influential Suffer. Released back in 1988, Suffer was Bad Religion’s third full length album and the one that really defined the sound of modern South Cali punk.  The songs are more polished and more melodic than their hardcore masterpiece How Can Hell Be Any Worse, and […]

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Paint It Black Streams 2 New Songs

Usually I’m not one to post about band news as much as reviews, but I’m so stoked on this: hardcore veterans Paint It Black are streaming two new tracks from their upcoming 7 inch “Invisible” which is the band’s first new material in 4 years (fuck, it’s been that long?) Bonus points: Dan Yemin mentioned that he thinks all of the other bands he’s involved in will also be active in 2013 (Lifetime, Kid Dynamite).  Stoked. These songs completely shred, and I’ll see you Philly […]

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Desmond Dekker – This Is Desmond Dekkar (For fans of Bob Marley, Toots And The Maytals, Prince Buster)

Ask 10 people their favorite musical artist from Jamaica, and 9 out of 10 are going to say Bob Marley.  The other person is probably going to get Jamaica confused with Cuba and go on some rant about Communism (fuck that guy). Unless you’re hanging with a bunch of knowledgeable ska nerds (don’t worry, you’re in good company here), you’re probably not going to get Desmond Dekker as an answer, although he is hands down my personal favorite and one of the most influential artists […]

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Off With Their Heads – Home (For fans of Dillinger Four, Smoke Or Fire, Menzingers)

After their stellar release of In Desolation (which was my favorite album of 2010) Minneapolis punks Off With Their Heads certainly set the bar high.  I’m happy to say though that the band definitely delivers with their 3rd full length album Home. Off With Their Heads still bring their flavor of Dillinger Four-esque gruffy pop-punk, and remain catch as ever without really losing any of their punk sensibilities.  While Home is a bit more polished than any of their previous works, the songs are sure […]

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St Paddy’s Day Punk Mix

We know you’ve got drinking to do today, or wearing of green, or maybe you’re just hanging out and don’t give a fuck about St. Patrick’s day.  That’s cool.  Here’s your soundtrack of the day, because really, there is more than that one Dropkick Murphy’s song Ship it Up To Boston that is played over and over. MP3: Against Me – Pints of Guinness Make You Strong Dropkick Murphys – Amazing Grace Flogging Molly – Light of a Fading Star Smoke or Fire – Irish […]

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Big D And The Kids Table – How It Goes (For fans of Streetlight Manifesto, Bomb The Music Industry, Less Than Jake)

Sometimes you can listen to an album that will completely take you back to a particular point in your life.  For me, Big D And The Kids Table release How It Goes takes me back to my sophmore year in college where I grabbed it the day it came out in 2004.  By that point, I already been a hardcore Big D fan for a few years (I even had the wristband that I wore religiously along with my Rise Against wrist band) and was […]

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The Buzzcocks – Love Bites (For fans of The Clash, The Ramones, Sex Pistols)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: along with Cock Sparrer and The Vibrators, The Buzzcocks were one of the most underrated bands of the 70s punk genre.  I’ve posted on their compilation album Singles Going Steady before, and if you’ve never checked them out I recommend you check that one out first (it’s sort of a “greatest hits” type), but their second album Love Bites is also a solid listen. Many consider 1978 released Love Bites the album where The Buzzcocks really […]

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The Queers, Teenage Bottlerocket Live In Philly (2/28/13)

I’ve been waiting for this day for months.  Teenage Bottlerocket and The Queers followed by Philly’s premiere 70s punk/rock and roll party guitar army?  Count me the FUCK in. I headed out to a sold out Barbary and thanks to lovely Philly traffic missed the majority of the openers Masked Intruders set, but from the little bit I heard, I definitely need to check these masked dudes out.  Solid pop-punk. Teenage Bottlerocket I’ve said it many times before on this site and I’ll say it […]

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