Kill Lincoln – That’s Cool… In A Totally Negative And Destructive Way (For fans of Less Than Jake, Streetlight Manifesto, Mustard Plug)

I’ve never really left that short lived “phase” everyone in their late 20s once went through in their younger middle school and high school days of loving ska.  While I don’t exactly rock the two-tone shirts and hats anymore (and I only stopped doing that in the past 4 years… way after ska has been big) I still love some solid third wave ska punk.  Unfortunately, new ska bands are few and far between, and the ones I’ve heard have been incredibly shitty ripoffs of […]

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Tim Armstrong Of Rancid And Jesse Michaels Release New Song Since The First Time Since Operation Ivy

  I don’t know if you’ve gotten a chance to listen to the new collaboration single from Tim Armstrong and Jesse Michaels, who haven’t collaborated on anything new since legendary ska-punk band Operation Ivy, but recently they put out a new song together. WARNING: If you’re expecting Operation Ivy, just pretend you’ve never seen this post, but it’s a fun little ska jam that is worth checking out. More Ska Punk: Scenester 101: How to Be a 3rd Wave Ska Dork Classics Of Love – […]

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Jucifer, Fantasy Panther, Callous Live in Philadelphia (7/13/13)

Some days you just need some more fucking grind in your life.  Last night I headed out to Philly’s intimate Kung Fu Necktie to catch Fantasy Panther who was opening for sludge legends metal Jucifer and playing with Philly’s own Callous (I completely missed HIRS who I’ve heard good things about.) Callous: Callous plays incredibly sludgy powerviolence, and while I’m not usually a huge fan of sludge metal, Callous switches it up enough from the slow droning notes to blast-beat riffs to keep my attention.  […]

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Night Birds, Omegas, Altered Boys Live In Philadelphia (7/11/13)

Last night I headed to West Philly’s Golden Tea House (which I JUST got the joke of the Golden Tee arcade game in their kitchen, I’m slow) for a good old fashioned punk rock house show.  The kitchen was packed when I walked in, maybe a song or two into Altered Boys quick set. Altered Boys: I’ve seen these NJ hardcore dudes names on fliers here and there, but never actually had a chance to see live.  Holy shit was I completely blown away.  Altered […]

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Kill Your Idols – From Companionship To Competition (For fans of Negative Approach, Kid Dynamite, Black Flag)

If you’re familiar with NY hardcore at all, chances are you know Kill Your Idols.  The Long Island group have brought their punk blended hardcore to a small but incredibly rabid fanbase before disbanding in 2007 (although they are playing a reunion show with Kid Dynamite here in Philly soon… stoked.)  Before they parted though, they left us with their third and final full length From Companionship To Competition. On FCTC, Kill Your Idols play incredibly aggressive hardcore, and on this album they are EXTREMELY […]

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The Copyrights, Direct Hit! Live In Philadelphia (7/2/13)

Yesterday evening I headed to Philly’s small venue/dance club/bar The Barbary to catch pop-punk torch carriers The Copyrights.  It was a very small intimate show with only about 30 people there or so, and I knew going in that while everyone usually sings along… dancing is often at a minimum at these pop-punk shows for some reason, which would usually piss me off… but since I’m coming off an injury I was surprisingly ok with it.  I wound up missing the two openers, but made […]

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