The Top 10 Punk Albums of 2016

Ahhh 2016, collectively the shit stain year of the decade.  Admittedly, I haven’t had a chance to post many reviews as I’ve been busy/concussed (forced to limit screen time) so I didn’t post anywhere near as much as I would have liked, including for many of the albums in my top 10.   Nonetheless, I’ve been putting this off long enough, but here’s my top 10 albums of 2016.  So without further ado: 10. Dark Thoughts – Self Titled I’ve said before how these guys are […]

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Dave Franklin vocalist of NJ hardcore band Vision has passed away.

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Fuck.  I was hoping to make a post tonight about my top 10 albums of 2016, but instead am reporting on some incredibly depressing news.  According to Not Like You Records, Dave Franklin of NJ hardcore band Vision has passed away. Growing up in NJ, Vision was incredibly influential to hardcore there, and to me as well.  I’ve been listening to them since I was in high school, and always played them whenever I needed a heavy dose of positivity to this day.  One of […]

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Dag Nasty, Loud Boyz Live In Philadelphia (12/30/16)

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In case you haven’t heard, 80s DC melodic hardcore band Dag Nasty has reunited with all of the original members from when the band first started, and released a 7-inch in 2016.  On the night before New Year’s Eve, I headed to Philadelphia’s TLA in order to catch Dag Nasty once again after seeing them previously over the summer in Asbury Park, and to catch openers Loud Boyz. I completely missed the first band Sketchy, because honestly I didn’t even know there was another opening […]

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Dangers, Kids Live In Philadelphia (12/27/16)

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Dangers is one of the best hardcore bands around, period.  Touring in support of their new album The Bend In The Break, on Wednesday I had the chance to see them again over at Philadelphia’s First Unitarian Church basement.  In the past, I’ve only seen these Los Angeles punks play Philly’s now defunct Golden Tea House, but to make it feel more like a house show the bands all played the floor of the church instead of on the stage.  I missed local Philly openers […]

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H2O, Vision Live In Philadelphia (11/20/16)

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Being a hardcore fan growing up in NJ, Vision has been one of my staples for years now.  While they never broke up or anything, shows from them these days are very occasional, and I missed them the last time they were in town over the summer.  When I saw that they were playing at Underground Arts, I knew I had to go.  When I saw that they were opening for fucking H2O who was celebrating their 20 year anniversary by playing their Self Titled […]

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Infest Live In Philly (11/12/16)

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  On a cool Saturday night, I headed to Philly’s sold out First Unitarian Church to catch power violence pioneers Infest for their first ever show in the city of Brotherly love.  The church basement was completely packed out when the California punk band with people looking to let off some steam considering everything going on with the country a few days after the election.  Vocalist Joe acknowledged these feelings as he took the stage, announcing “It’s been an interesting week, let’s have some fun” […]

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The Descendents, Fucked Up, Night Birds Live In Philly (10/13/16)

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*Once again, I’m really late on this post due to my incredibly limited screen time due to this stupid fucking post concussive syndrome as I’ve mentioned in previous (late) posts and staying on a screen longer than a few minutes causes instant migraines which lo and behold, doesn’t really go well when you’re trying to run a blog. Anyways, on October 13th I headed to Philly’s Electric Factory to catch a stacked lineup.  The show was running really late due to some sound issues the […]

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Gorilla Biscuits At This Is Hardcore Live In Philadelphia (8/6/16)

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(video by aouoon) Yeah I know I know, this post is waaaay overdue, but I was injured with a concussion shortly after the show, and haven’t been allowed to look at screens because concussions are fucking boring and you seriously can’t do anything (I’m still not really supposed to use them long, so I will be keeping this post pretty short). I never got to see Gorilla Biscuits before, even though I’ve been listening to these NY hardcore legends for many years now.  I tried […]

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Youth Of Today Live In Philly (8/4/16)

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I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect seeing Youth Of Today play Union Transfer for Day 1 of the annual Philly fest: This Is Hardcore.  Youth Of Today, along with Gorilla Biscuits were one of the most influential hardcore bands of their time, and with people in the audience ranging from 18 to well into their 40s and 50s, it’s clear they’ve left a legacy.  I’ve been listening to them for many years and never got to see them, but wasn’t sure if it would […]

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

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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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