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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Alkaline Trio, New Found Glory, H2O Live In Philadelphia (11/13/13)

This past Wed, I headed to Philly’s Electric Factory to catch H2O, New Found Glory, and Alkaline Trio.  Usually this isn’t a show I would go to, but I definitely wanted to see H2O and catching Alkaline Trio since it’s been over a decade since I’ve last seen them, and I like the first album by New Found Glory. H2O: H2O GO!  I was easily most excited to see these New York punk/hardcore legends.  Easily the black sheep of the tour, I didn’t expect much […]

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Less Than Jake, Big D And The Kid’s Table, Mustard Plug Live In NJ (11/9/13)

This past Saturday night, I headed to my old stomping grounds of NJ to catch “Skanksgiving”, which featured some of my all time favorite ska bands playing a show together that could only be described as straight out of 1999.  I headed to The Starland Ballroom for the first time since 2008 (which incidentally enough was also to catch Big D, Mustard Plug, etc).  Let me just say, only in New Jersey does a 2000+ capacity venue almost sell out for a ska show.   And […]

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Melt Banana – Fetch (For fans of HORSE The Band, Mr. Bungle, Mike Patton)

I’ve been anxiously waiting a new Melt Banana album ever since they released one of my all time favorites Bambi’s Dilemma back in 2007.  On Bambi’s Dilemma, these Japanese noise rockers flirted with pop melodies on the majority of their songs, while leaving some room in for the spastic short more experimental songs they became famous for.  Their latest album Fetch isn’t so much of a departure of their pop melodies as much as it is an expansion.  Yes folks, Melt Banana brought back the weird. […]

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