Bouncing Souls, Bane, Blanks 77 Home For The Holidays Night 1 (12/26/14)

Everyone has their holiday traditions, and for me it’s going to Asbury Park after Christmas and seeing my favorite band The Bouncing Souls play with a bunch of solid friends they bring along.  Ever since they started this tradition back in 2014, I’ve gone pretty much every year on one of the three or four nights (the two hour drive back and forth from Philly is a bit rough), but this year I decided to go two nights because the lineups were so stellar. Blanks […]

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The Holy Mess, White Wives Live In Philadelphia (12/21/14)

Last night, I headed out to my current favorite spot for shows in Philadelphia, West Philly’s Golden Tea House to catch locals The Holy Mess.  I was running really late (I got in from NYC at 6am that morning after being out all night for a friend’s birthday, so I was moving in slow motion), but so was the show.  Not a bad turnout for a Sunday night, and the place was decently filled when I walked in during Timeshares last song. White Wives: I’ve […]

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Blanks 77 Live In Philadelphia (12/13/14)

This past Saturday on sort of a whimsical last minute decision, I headed out to Philadelphia dive bar Kung Fu Necktie to catch New Jersey pogo punk legends Blanks 77.  We were running late to this matinee (waking up in the evening will do that to you…), but got there right as Blanks 77 was soundchecking.  Seriously couldn’t have timed it better. The small room was pretty empty as Blanks 77 was sound checking, and while a few more filtered in, it was at less […]

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Blood Pressure, The Stasi, Low Charge, The Brood Live In Philly (12/11/14)

This past Thursday on a whim I headed out to my current favorite house in Philadelphia, The Golden Tea House to see a bunch of local hardcore bands and touring Blood Pressure from Pittsburgh. The Brood: First up were Philadelphia locals The Brood.  I’ve never heard them before, but consisting of ex members of Witch Hunt, these guys (and girl) completely shred with their crusty aggressive hardcore.   Reminding me a bit of Behind Enemy Lines, I definitely need to check out some of their recorded […]

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Lagwagon, Swingin Utters, This Legend Live in Philly (12/4/14)

This past Thursday, I headed to Philadelphia’s TLA in order to catch one hell of a lineup… Lagwagon and Swingin Utters.  I got to the venue on a chilly Thursday evening, and the place was pretty empty when I arrived.  I missed the first opener but got there in time for This Legend. This Legend: I’ve never heard of This Legend before the show, but apparently the LA pop-punk band consists of ex members from Yellowcard.  I’ve never really gotten into Yellowcard so I can’t […]

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Mean Jeans, Groovie Ghoulies, Dark Thoughts Live In Philly (11/30/14)

This was like a Ramones influenced pop-punk wet dream come true.  When I first saw that the Mean Jeans and Kepi Ghoulie were coming around to Philly’s Golden Tea House (the best spot in Philly right now for house shows), I was beyond stoked, but I just thought that Kepi Ghoulie was doing his solo acoustic stuff.  When I found out Kepi was doing a Groovie Ghoulies set with the Mean Jeans as the backing band, I knew I needed to be at this show […]

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Cock Sparrer, H2O Live In Philly (11/28/14)

This past Friday, I headed out to Philadelphia’s Union Transfer to catch legendary UK oi punk band Cock Sparrer grace Philadelphia for the 2nd time ever in their long career.  The venue sold out relatively quickly once the show was announced, and with a pretty diverse punk lineup, there was a nice mix of spiky jackets, skins in polo, hardcore kids, and older punks who were listening to Cock Sparrer when they first came out back in the 70s.  I missed The Casualties but got […]

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Saves The Day, Say Anything Live In Philadelphia (11/26/14)

Earlier this year, my friend told me that there were rumors that Saves The Day would be touring playing their seminal album Through Being Cool in it’s entirety.  Growing up in New Jersey around the time this was released, I have played the shit out of TBC for 15 years now and it still is one of my favorite albums of all time.  So when the dates of the show were finally announced, I made sure to buy a ticket immediately.  They were playing two […]

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