Hold Tight! – I Always Leave But Never Say Goodbye (for fans of Lifetime, Jawbreaker, Saves The Day)

Winter is right around the corner here up in the Northeast.  Winter chills, it’s getting dark outside before 5pm, and everything just feels so much more moody.  Richmond Virginia’s Hold Tight captures the mood perfectly on their latest I Always Leave But Never Say Goodbye. If you’re not familiar with Hold Tight, they play incredibly catchy pop-punk with plenty of melodic hardcore influences (as seen on earlier releases such as Call The Zoo or their alter-ego hardcore split they did with Direct Hit) that would […]

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Antarctigo Vespucci live in Asbury Park (11/13/14)

Besides having a band name that I have the damn hardest time spelling, Antarctigo Vespucci is the latest side project from Jeff Rosenstock of Bomb The Music Industry and Chris Farren of Fake Problems.  Playing power pop (that I describe as just slightly poppier BTMI songs), I wasn’t able to catch them at Philadelphia’s Golden Tea House that Friday, so my girlfriend and I travelled out to Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ to catch them. While I would have rather seen them at The […]

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Holy – Seclusion MMXIV EP (For fans of Punch, Dangers, Weekend Nachos)

I first caught Holy a few months back when I saw them open up for Dangers at the Golden Tea House, and the Milan, Italy’s hardcore band completely blew me away.  I picked up a copy of their latest Seclusion MMXIV and the 5 track EP is a must for anyone who loves fast paced hardcore. Playing noisy hardcore with plenty of powerviolence influences, Holy’s Seclusion MMXIV is fighting no holds barred.  Just like their aggressive music, they aren’t holding anything back lyrically and are […]

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Paint It Black Secret Under A Bridge Show (10/30/14)

Ahh Mischief Night… the night before Halloween where east coast teenagers (ok, mostly in NJ) go around and cause stupid mischief by egging and toilet papering houses, soap on car windshield, or if you’re Camden NJ then burning your city down.  Here in Philly, we chose to celebrate differently, and that’s with a secret Paint It Black show under a bridge somewhere in South Philly.  Yes, it’s about as punk rock as it gets and what makes me love my city so much. Very reminiscent […]

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The Toasters, Hub City Stompers Live In Philly (10/29/14)

This past Wed night I had soccer playoffs which was a one lose knockout, all in a night.  We lost immediately, so the silver lining was I was able to rush down straight from soccer to Philly’s North Star Bar in order to catch NY ska legends The Toasters play with Jersey’s hate ska band Hub City Stompers.  When I got there, the place was pretty empty just as Hub City was about to play. Hub City Stompers: I’ve been seeing Hub City Stompers live […]

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