Ink & Dagger – Drive This Seven Inch Wooden Stake Through My Philadelphia Heart (For fans of American Nightmare, Paint It Black, Blacklisted)

Philadelphia’s Ink & Dagger were one of the most influential and strangest bands to ever come out of the city of brotherly shove.  Formed back in 1995 and disbanding in 1999 (and which vocalist Sean McCabe died shortly after at the young age of 27), the band is most famously known for on and off stage theatrics (the vocalist once through yogurt at hardcore vegan hate-edge band Earth Crisis) and horror themes written throughout their music.  Their most famous, and my personal favorite is their […]

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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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Alkaline Trio – Self Titled (For fans of The Lawrence Arms, Hot Water Music, Saves The Day)

Over the span of their career, Illinois punks Alkaline Trio have completely exploded.  Although their sound has changed over the years, my favorite era of Alkaline Trio will always be back when they were on Asian Man Records, and I have been spinning their Self Titled compilation pretty much nonstop since I saw them last year. Released back in 2000, Alkaline Trio’s Self Titled contains a bunch of their earlier late 90s releases including everything off of For Your Lungs Only, I Lied My Face […]

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Taking Back Sunday Live In Philadelphia (9/4/14)

I’m going to try and catch up with the show recaps this week since moving has set me so far behind.  But on September 4th, I headed out to Philadelphia’s XFINITY Live to see a free Taking Back Sunday show on their outdoor stage.  As anyone in Philadelphia could tell you, this had all of the makings for one strange show. For starters, XFINITY live is a multi-bar club that is home to a ride on bull, projectors to watch sports games, and is right […]

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Saves The Day Live In Philly (12/22/13)

Holy crap, with the holidays and just remaining incredibly busy am I behind on posts here.  I’ve been to like 4 shows this week alone, and am just getting a chance to post. Last Sunday, I headed to Philly’s First Unitarian Church to see the legendary Saves The Day (fuck you, they’re legendary if you’re originally from NJ too).  Seeing them in this no barricade, sold out, intimate environment was going to be awesome, except they were playing an acoustic show.  I wasn’t sure what […]

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Saves The Day Live In Philadelphia (9/27/13)

It’s impossible to grow up in New Jersey in the late 90s, be into melodic hardcore, and not listen to Saves The Day.  Sure, I don’t know anything by them after Can’t Slow Down and Through Being Cool, but I am still always stoked to see them just to be able to rock out to those few old songs.  So when I saw they were playing Philly’s Union Transfer on Friday night, I was one hundred percent in. I was still hurting from the secret […]

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Texas Is The Reason Live In Philadelphia (2/16/13)

Texas Is The Reason twice in less than 6 months… am I lucky, or what?  Saturday night I got a chance to see Texas Is The Reason again with some friends, only this time I stayed pretty close to home heading out to Philly’s own Union Transfer.  I missed Title Fight (confession time: I’m not a huge Title Fight fan although I heard their new album is killer… maybe I’ll give them another listen) but made it with plenty of time to see Texas Is […]

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Hold Tight – Blizzard Of 96 (For fans of Latterman, Title Fight, Lifetime)

I remember the first time I saw Richmond pop-punkers Hold Tight.  I went to a house show here in Philly and they were playing with one of my favorite local hardcore bands Lighten Up (RIP).  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was completely blown away by their feel good pop-punk, and I picked up their debut Can’t Take This Away, and it was love at first listen.  Two EPs and a split later, they recently released their second LP Blizzard Of 96. While […]

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Texas Is The Reason, Gameface Live In NY (10/11/12)

Last night I headed out to New York City’s Irving Plaza with some friends in order to catch post-hardcore legends Texas Is The Reason reunion show at Revelation Records Anniversary show.  Unfortunately I could not catch any of the other nights (Youth Of Today is playing Saturday), but I was stoked to catch TITR. Gameface: We got there in time to catch 1990s South Cali band Gameface.  I’m not overly familiar with Gameface, but they played a decently enjoyable set with a lot of people […]

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Weston – Got Beat Up (For fans of Latterman, Sunny Day Real Estate, Weezer)

There seems to be a huge revival of melodic pop punk bordering on emo going on right now… you know, with bands like Title Fight and Latterman selling out reunion shows.  I don’t know where this came from, but I do know that one of the earliest and most influential bands and albums of this genre is constantly getting overlooked.  Weston’s Got Beat Up is a one of the most underrated gems in pop punk history. Weston formed back in 1990 in Bethlahem, PA.  While […]

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