Bane, Lifeless, Bottom Feeder Live In Delaware (3/28/14)

This past Friday night, I made the trek from Philadelphia down to Wilmington, Delaware’s Harmony Grange to catch one of my favorite hardcore bands around, Bane.  I’ve never been to the Harmony Grange before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but when I walked in, it reminded me a lot of Philadelphia’s First Unitarian Church… a much colder church hall. I got there right in time as Bottom Feeder was setting up, and there was plenty of room. Bottom Feeder: It seemed like most […]

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The Offspring – Self Titled (For fans of Bad Religion, NOFX, TSOL)

Chances are if you know The Offspring, you’re used to their signature “radio hit” sound, whether the grungier “Self Esteem” from their Smash days or the poppier sounds of “Why Don’t You Get A Job”.   But before their commercial success, The Offspring released their debut Self Titled which was one hell of a  punk album. Released back in 1989, The Offspring’s Self Titled is a solid southern California skate punk album through and through.  Reminding me a bit of Bad Religion and T.S.O.L, The Offspring […]

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Dangers – Five O’Clock Shadows At The Edge Of The Western World (for fans of American Nightmare, Ceremony, Punch)

“What if this was the best day of your life?”  Southern California’s hardcore Dangers is back with Five O’Clock Shadows At The Edge Of The Western World, a six song EP that is some of their most introspective work yet. The EP starts off with the same pissed off aggression we’ve seen from Dangers with opener “The Mourning Routine”, and blasts into a slower instrumental “(Santa Anas)”.  The rest of the album manages to sound different from their earlier work, yet still contains the same […]

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Ratkicker – Fuck Off Thank You (For fans of Ceremony, Discharge, Every Time I Die)

Not even two seconds in and “Fuck you and your fucking friends” is how Philadelphia’s Ratkicker starts off, giving you an idea of what to expect on their album Fuck Off Thank You.  Aggressive, high energy punk hardcore, Ratkicker is not for the faint of heart. I first heard these guys when I saw them open for Fantasy Panther at Philly’s Barbary the beginning of the year and after their set I knew I had to check them out.  Fuck Off Thank You contains ten […]

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The Lawrence Arms, The Copyrights Live In Philadelphia (3/7/14)

Chicago’s Lawrence Arms are one of those bands I’ve been listening to for nearly 12 years, but never had a chance to see live.  I’m not sure if it’s because they don’t come out to the northeast very often and I’ve never been to The Fest, or if I just somehow happened to be out of town every time they’ve played, but when I saw they were playing Philadelphia’s TLA this past Friday I knew I had to go.  The fact that The Copyrights were […]

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The Movielife – It’s Go Time (For fans of Midtown, Saves The Day, Lifetime)

Growing up in a NJ high school 15 years ago as a cynical punk kid who despised most things considered emo, I sort of never even gave The Movielife a chance.  I just knew that people who liked Taking Back Sunday and The Starting Line were fans of The Movielife, so my ignorant teen self wrote them off as other “whiny emo shit” and if I was going to listen to anything remotely close, it would be Lifetime’s Hello Bastards or Saves The Day’s Through […]

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