Less Than Jake – Greetings And Salutations (For fans of Streetlight Manifesto, Big D And The Kids Table, Mustard Plug)

Shocking to probably many of you, Less Than Jake is still around and cranking out ska.  Even more shocking to most of you, that music is still pretty damn good.  Now I know that ever since they abandoned ska with their erhm… pop-friendly In With The Out Crowd that they lost a lot of their older fans, including myself.  However they had a return to form with their 2008 release of GNV FLA that was incredibly solid, and let me go ahead and say that […]

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Violent Society, Blanks 77, Combat Crisis (Live In Trenton 4/20/13)

This past Saturday, I headed to my old home state of NJ to catch a bunch of damn good street punk bands that do not play anywhere near often enough.  The show was at Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon, which was this small little dive with a stage in it’s intimate basement, making it feel like any other house show (but with better bathrooms). Everything about the show reeked of Philly: almost all the bands (minus Blanks 77) and the crowd came out from Philly to […]

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Caseracer / Ink And Sweat Split (For fans of Kid Dynamite, Hot Water Music, Go Rydell)

When I first heard Delaware/NJ’s Caseracer’s Self Titled EP some time last year, I was blown away by their cohesive melodic hardcore tunes, and anxiously waited for a new full length.  I’m still waiting for a full length, but in the meantime they dropped three new songs on a split with Tampa punks Ink and Sweat. On the split, Caseracer opens up with “Uncomfortable Silence / The Death Of My Financial Security” which starts with a very Paint It Black-esque riff (which is NEVER a […]

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Converge – When Forever Comes Crashing (For fans of Dillinger Escape Plan, Ghost Limb, Every Time I Die)

Metal-core for the most part has a bad reputation with both metalheads and hardcore fans.  In fact, back in college it was the one thing my metal friend and I could actually agree on regarding music, citing the fact that it’s usually not metal or hardcore enough and blending the shittiest parts of both to create one giant ball of mediocrity and disappointment.  Converge is different, and they proved that with their 3rd release of When Forever Comes Crashing. While my favorite and the one […]

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Mustard Plug – Evildoers Beware! (For fans of Streetlight Manifesto, Big D And The Kids Table, Less Than Jake)

Well we’ve finally gotten our first round of warm summer-esque weather here in Philadelphia, and I didn’t waste a minute heading out to my ancestral homeland of NJ’s beaches.  On my ride over though, I needed an album that just reminded me of summer, and Mustard Plug’s Evildoers Beware just hit the right spot. Released back in 1997, Evildoers Beware was actually my first introduction to the ska band Mustard Plug, and it was actually introduced to me by a die hard metalhead.  Many moons […]

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Paint It Black – Invisible (For fans of Kid Dynamite, Lifetime, The Hope Conspiracy)

I honestly can’t believe it’s been nearly four years since Paint It Black has put out any new music, and anyone who has been reading this little ole’ blog for a while knows how bad I’ve been jonesing for some new tunes from Philly’s finest (although in their defense… Dan’s been busy being a new father and playing with old bands while the other members have been touring with their own respective bands). So how exactly does the brand spanking new Invisible EP fare?  Well, […]

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Paint It Black, Joyce Manor, Loma Prieta, Congenital Death, Bad Side Live In Philly (3/31/13)

It’s the fucking Paint It Black record release show!  I’ve been stoked on this show ever since they announced it, and the fact that Philly local hardcore dudes Bad Side and female fronted hardcore band Congenital Death were on the bill were a huuuuge plus.  I headed to the sold out First Unitarian Church, and while hurting a bit (sprained my ankle, didn’t help my cause at World Inferno) I planned on completely losing my shit regardless. Bad Side: It didn’t take long for me […]

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