Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish Live In Philadelphia (1/24/15)

Ska shows are a rare beast these days in our modern world.  Even though I listen to ska regularly still and go to plenty of shows, long gone are the days of VFW Halls filled with kids decked out in chain wallets and checkerboard accessories, so you can imagine my surprise when I found out that Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish completely sold out the Electric Factory, one of Philadelphia’s larger venues. My girlfriend and I got to the Electric Factory a bit […]

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Holy Mess – Comfort In The Discord (For fans of The Menzingers, Captain We’re Sinking, Lawrence Arms)

Philadelphia’s Holy Mess have been at it for a while now, with a decently sized line of releases under their belt.  With their self released latest album Comfort In The Discord, the band shows just how much they’ve evolved over the years. The biggest change is since their last album Cande Ru Las Degas, the band has become a three piece, yet the songs are just as, possibly even more so melodic than anything they’ve ever written before.  Take the incredibly catchy “Spencer Reid” which […]

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Lagwagon – Hang (For fans of NOFX, Millencolin, No Use For A Name)

California’s Lagwagon is one of those bands that have been at is since many of you were still learning to wipe yourselves.  I first discovered them years ago when I grabbed a copy of their heralded Let’s Talk About Feelings which I played way too much throughout my angsty high school days, and then went through their back catalogue with both Hoss and Double Plaidinum being some of my most played albums.  The band evolved a bunch from their early skate punk days when they […]

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Swingin’ Utters – Fistful Of Hollow (For fans of The Descendents, The Clash, Social Distortion)

I didn’t write a list of my favorite albums of 2014, because honestly I didn’t get to listen/review to as many as I would have liked due to being insanely busy… But I was surprised when I read other people’s lists and didn’t really see Swingin’ Utters latest Fistful Of Hollow on there, because it would easily make my favorites list. San Francisco based Swingin’ Utters have been at it since the late 80s, and if their latest album is any indication, then they certainly […]

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American Nightmare Live in NYC (1/2/14)

American Nightmare is quite frankly, my favorite hardcore band of all time.  I remember a friend giving me the album Background Music, and then seeing them tour with The Hope Conspiracy back in 2003.  I went mostly for Hope Conspiracy, but left an American Nightmare fan.  Soon afterwards they announced their breakup, and I was telling my friends for years all I wanted was another American Nightmare show.  My chance finally came at the end of 2011 where I got to see their reunion show […]

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Bouncing Souls, None More Black, The Scandals Home For The Holidays Night 2 (12/27/14)

After the long ride to and from Asbury Park last Friday, I headed back the next day to catch night 2 of The Bouncing Souls annual Christmas Home For The Holidays tradition.  Usually because of the ride I only go one of the nights, but there was no way I was going to miss an incredibly rare None More Black set.  I got to the Stone Pony right as New Jersey’s The Scandals were setting up. The Scandals: I’ve been a fan of The Scandals […]

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