Sick Of It All, Street Dogs Live In Asbury Park (6/10/17)

After the first day of Asbury’s Punk Rock Bowling, sort of on a whim I decided to go to the aftershow at The Stone Pony featuring Boston’s Street Dogs and hardcore legends Sick Of It All. The place was pretty packed out, although not completely sold out. Street Dogs Video by youtube user: Lauren Stein If you haven’t heard of Boston’s Street Dogs, they formed back in 2002 by by Mike McColgan, the original vocalist of Dropkick Murphys featured on Do or Die and Boys […]

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Congenital Death, Fissure, Goolagoon, Bandit, Disparo Live In Philly (5/25/17)

When I saw that a bunch of powerviolence/grindcore bands were coming through Philly on the way to Maryland Deathfest, I knew I had to go.  I headed out to Philly’s Black House, a tiny, intimate living room with the furniture upturned and got there right in time for openers Disparo.  The place had a small but decent sized crowd, and by the end of the show the place was beyond trashed (which I later learned it was the last show ever there since the residents […]

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RVIVR, Open City Live In Philly (5/22/17)

Last week, I headed to Philly’s weird/awesome art space PhilaMOCA to catch local hardcore supergroup Open City.  If you’ve never been to the PhilaMOCA before, it’s this really cool space that used to be a showroom for mausoleums that’s now been converted into room with a small stage that projects videos behind it.  If the show wasn’t sold out, it was damn well close to be as the small room was pretty packed. Open City: Comprised of Dan Yemin and Andy Nelson of Paint It […]

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Paint It Black, Praise, S-21 Live in Philly (4/20/17)

Man, it’s been way too long since Paint It Black has played a show in Philly.  Last time they played their hometown, it was nearly 3 years ago on Mischief Night (the night before Halloween for all my non-Jersey/Philly peeps) where they played a secret show under a bridge.  Philly was clearly antsy to see them again, as tickets sold out very quickly for their return to the church. I got to the incredibly hot and packed First Unitarian Church, and unfortunately I missed Soul […]

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Doing It For Dave: H2O, Killing Time Live In NJ (4/2/17)

I’m originally from NJ, so I grew up listening to and am a pretty big fan of influential hardcore band Vision.  After seeing them just a few months beforehand, I was crushed earlier in the year when it was announced that their singer Dave Franklin passed away.  On April 2nd, a bunch of bands got together in Asbury Park to help throw a fundraising show in honor of Dave.  It was being thrown at Asbury Park’s Convention Center, and the lineup was stacked.  I wasn’t […]

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Western Addiction – Tremulous

I’ve been a fan of San Francisco’s Western Addiction ever since they first released their 2003 debut Cognicide, and while they’ve released two 7-inches since, I’ve have been anxiously waiting for their next full length.  Finally nearly 12 goddamn years later, Western Addiction is back with their 80s hardcore influenced punk rock sophomore release Tremulous. From the second album opener “Clatter and Hiss” starts, you know exactly what you’re in for… no bullshit, no frills melodic hardcore.  There isn’t a single bad track on the […]

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Pinkwash, Open City, Ordinary Lives in Philly (2/16/17)

This past Thursday, on a chilly February night I headed out to Philly’s Everybody Hits, a pretty sweet spot that doubles as both batting cages/venue to catch Philly’s own Open City.  The show was a benefit for Electrifest described as an “event for LGBT folks centering POC navigating healthcare, wellness, and institutional trauma through radical music and art” that is happening on April 8th and 9th at Philly’s Rotunda. There was a considerable amount of people there when I got there right as Ordinary Lives […]

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Open City – Self Titled (Members of Paint It Black, Ted Leo And The Pharmacists, Bridge And Tunnel)

Ever since I first heard of Philadelphia’s Open City two years ago, I’ve been not so patiently waiting for them to release some music.  While I really fucking hate the term “super-group”, there is really no better way to describe them.  With Dan Yemin (Paint It Black, Lifetime, Kid Dynamite, Armalite), Rachel Rubino (Bridge And Tunnel, Worriers), Andy Nelson (Paint It Black, Ceremony), and Chris Wilson (Ted Leo And The Pharmacists), Open City has finally recorded their Self Titled full length album, and it completely […]

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The Dead Milkmen, An Albatross play protest show in Philly (1/20/17)

This past Friday, as us Americans watched a narcissistic sociopath con his way into the White House (I’m just waiting for him to plaster his stupid fucking name in gaudy ass letters above it like he does all of his buildings), I headed to my favorite stomping grounds The Barbary to catch local legends The Dead Milkmen and An Albatross play a protest show where all proceeds were donated to Planned Parenthood. An Albatross: The Pennsylvania misfits of hardcore, circus-esque An Albatross recently reunited to […]

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Penetrode, Meter Feeder, Blackout Live In Philly (1/19/17)

It’s been a long damn time since I’ve last been to a Philly house show.  Last night, I headed to a basement to catch a couple of hardcore punk bands as they played a fundraiser for Philly’s Project Safe.  While I didn’t really know any of the bands very well, I dug what little I heard previously and a small basement show is always fun (I was wrestling with the idea of going to see Anti-Flag at The Fillmore, but didn’t really feel like paying […]

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