Token Entry Live In Philly (7/24/16)

Token Entry is one of the most influential hardcore bands that you might have never heard of.  Hailing from NYC back in the 80s, they helped shape the hardcore scene in New York, influencing bands like H2O and even giving Gorilla Biscuits (still unnamed at the time) their first gig.  Hell, even The Bouncing Souls named their record label after lead singer Timmy Chunks. Token Entry doesn’t really play much anymore besides the very occasional reunion show (I got to see them a few years […]

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Mean Jeans – Tight New Dimension (For fans of The Ramones, The Riverdales, The Queers)

  Portland’s Mean Jeans are back, this time signed to Fat Wreck with their latest release Tight New Dimension.  I’ve been listening to it regularly for months now, and it’s some of the catchiest damn punk tunes I’ve heard from these guys. Known for their Ramones/Queers influenced punk rock with songs about partying, space, and other rad shit I was at first a little worried that they would try to change their sound up some now that they were signed to Fat to appeal to […]

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The Holy Mess, Direct Hit Live In Philly (7/8/16)

This past Friday I was faced with a bit of a dilemma, as there were two shows I wanted to see at the same time.  My beloved World Inferno Friendship Society was playing at Philly’s Trocadero, but Direct Hit and Philly locals Holy Mess were playing the more intimate coffee shop The Pharmacy.  I opted to go to The Pharmacy show for a few reasons… cheaper, wanted a smaller intimate show, but probably most importantly, potentially the last time I get to see The Holy […]

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R.I.P Erik Petersen of Mischief Brew

  Awful news: It was reported that Philly’s own Erik Petersen, founder of the folk punk band Mischief Brew and The Orphans passed away Thursday night.  Details haven’t been released, but our hearts go out to all of Erik’s family, friends, and fans. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them live around Philly over the years and Songs From Under The Sink was easily one of my favorite folk punk albums around.  A toast to Erik and Mischief Brew, anyone who likes folk punk should […]

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Leftover Crack, Days N Daze Live In Philly (6/15/16)

You know what’s a beautiful thing?  The fact that it’s 2016 and Leftover Crack can still pack a show on a random Wednesday night.  A few weeks back I headed to Philly’s Underground Arts to catch the crack steady rockers, and got there about halfway through Days N Daze set. Days N Daze: I’ve never seen or heard of Houston’s Days N Daze before, but armed with horns, banjos, guitars, and an array of percussion instruments, these guys and gals played a style that was […]

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The Virus, Blanks 77, PEARS Live In Asbury Park (6/11/16)

After Punk Rock Bowling in Asbury Park NJ, I headed to straight to The Wonder Bar for the sold out after show featuring PEARS, Blanks 77, and The Virus.  I made sure to get there early as a line started to form as soon as I got to the dive bar.  Even though the show was technically sold out, the bar never really reached anywhere near capacity.  I don’t know if it was due to the oh so punk “No Studded Jackets!” sign at the […]

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