OFF! – Wasted Years (For fans of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Minor Threat)

Los Angeles supergroup OFF (featuring Keith Morris of Black Flag/Circle Jerks with members of Red Kross, Burning Brides, and Hot Snakes) is back with their 3rd full length Wasted Years, and it’s some of their best work yet. Even with the band members getting up there in age (Keith Morris is pushing 60), they still manage to rock harder than most punk bands just a mere fraction of their age.  OFF’s Wasted Years sounds like they came straight out of the late 70s / early […]

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Armalite (Members of Paint It Black, Atom and His Package) Live in Philadelphia (5/24/14)

When Armalite announced that they were playing on the already sold out show opening for Spraynard at the First Unitarian Church, I was pissed.  I didn’t have a ticket, nor did I plan on getting one because I’m not really a fan of any of the other bands playing the show besides Armalite.  However, when I went to the facebook event page and saw someone was selling an extra ticket day of the show, I had to pick it up to go see Armalite… I […]

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The Flex, Violent Reaction, War Emblem, The Stasi Live In Philly (5/22/14)

This past Thursday sort of on a whim, I headed up to some random house up in North Philadelphia to see a bunch of hardcore bands.  It was the house’s first show ever, as apparently they usually just throw parties there, so the set-up was a bit odd (narrow living room, people standing on the couches, etc) and the place was PACKED. The Stasi First up was Philly’s own The Stasi.  Named after East Germany’s secret police and intelligence agency, The Stasi plays hardcore punk […]

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Bane – Don’t Wait Up (For fans of Comeback Kid, Ten Yard Fight, Gorilla Biscuits)

Massachusetts Bane have been one of the most consistent bands in hardcore and have been for nearly twenty years now.  With plenty of EPs, 7-inches, and now releasing their 4th and final full length (their first in 8 years) Don’t Wait Up is some of the best we’ve seen from Bane. Kicking off with “Non-Negotiable”, a blistering posi-jam call to arms straight into “All The Way Through”, a chunky melodic song about keeping youthful energy alive while growing old, you know you’re in for a […]

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OFF, Cerebral Ballzy, Nasa Space Universe Live In Philadelphia (5/16/14)

I’ve been listening to OFF! since their inception nearly 5 years ago, and have never got the chance to see them.  I’ve seen energetic Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks) live when he came around touring with Flag, but was stoked to finally catch him with OFF.  The fact they were playing the intimate (albeit insanely hot) First Unitarian Church just made it even sweeter. NASA Space Universe: I got there in the middle of California’s NASA Space Universe’s set, but holy shit the half that […]

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Ma Jolie, Hold Tight, Old Flings, Sad and French, Address Live In Philly (5/14/14)

Holy shit… it’s been 3 whole years since I’ve last seen my homies in Richmond, VA’s pop-punk band Hold Tight play, so when I saw they were stopping at West Philly’s Golden Tea House for a pre Pouzza Fest show, there was no way I was missing that. Address: First up were Philly locals Address.  Featuring members from old NJ/Philly hardcore band One Win Choice, Address plays a mix of punk/post-hardcore/emo/indie and they blend the styles together masterfully. With a slew of pedals and effects, […]

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The Holy Mess – Cande Ru Las Degas (For fans of The Menzingers, None More Black, Smoke or Fire)

If you were to judge The Holy Mess’s latest Cande Ru Las Degas by the acoustic opening track of “My Boring 90s”, you’d think “shit, another punk band has gone all soft” while ripping out your speakers in disgust and throwing them in the street.  You’d probably then light said speakers on fire, dropkick a baby, and burn your city to the fucking ground.  Well fret not dear reader, I’m here to tell you that Cande Ru Las Degas is a solid melodic punk album […]

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Big Eyes, Tony Molina, Radiator Hospitals Live Under A Bridge in Philly (5/6/14)

Sometimes I think that I should move from Philly, as I’ve been living here for a total of 7 years now and occasionally feel I should check out another city.  Then something incredibly awesome happens like the show last night, and it reminds me why I love this city so fucking much.  So I totally missed Against Me at the Trocadero last night, but I saw that a last minute show was happening at midnight somewhere under a bridge in South Philly, and found this […]

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The Death Set – Michel Poiccard (For fans of Melt Banana, Math The Band, Japanther)

I have to say, ever since I saw Australia-now-Brooklyn’s electronic experimental punk band The Death Set last week, I’ve been listening to their 2011 Michel Poiccard pretty much non-stop. Opening up with a quick statement “I wanna take this this tape, and blow up your fucking stereo”, The Death Set wastes absolutely no time before blasting into their heavy hitting “Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap” a shout-out song to others in their Brooklyn scene, including Cerebral Ballzy. The band is all over the […]

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