Swingin Utters Live In Philly (11/10/17)

Damn…I’m a bit late on this, but I wanted to post about it anyway so fuck it.  A few weeks back I headed to Philly’s center city bar Milkboy in order to catch San Francisco punk veterans Swingin Utters. Even though it was a Friday night, I wasn’t really sure what to expect in terms of crowd size, as last time I caught them not many people seemed to really know them during the Fat Wreck anniversary tour a few years back.  Add the fact […]

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Sticks and Stones Live In Asbury Park NJ (11/8/17)

New Brunswick, New Jersey’s recently reunited Sticks and Stones isn’t very well known outside of the Garden State, but chances are you’ve heard references, influences, or songs by the band even though they’ve been broken up since the 90s.  Vocalist Pete Ventanonio went on to form the World Inferno Friendship Society under the moniker Jack Terricloth, Lifetime has a song called “Yeems song for Nothing” (a reference to their “Theme Song For Nothing”), and The Bouncing Souls not only have a song written about their […]

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Propagandhi, Iron Chic Live In Philly (10/18/17)

Fun fact: when I was just a pissed off youth in early high school right around when Today’s Empire, Tomorrow’s Ashes came out in 2001, I wrote to Propagandhi asking them to please come play a show in the northeast US, to which they essentially said that one of these days, they will.  It wasn’t until 8 years later, when the band was touring on the release of Supporting Caste that I finally got to see them.  I literally snuck out of work, walked over […]

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Andrew W.K, An Albatross Live In Philly (10/11/17)

I have a confession to make: I’ve been unapologetically listening to Andrew W.K since I was in high school and yet somehow never managed to see him play live.  The closest I got was when he came around Philly to play I Get Wet in it’s entirety a few years back, but I opted to catch None More Black at the First Unitarian Church instead.  When I saw that the party god was going on tour with his full band once again, I made sure […]

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Phobia Live In Philadelphia (9/10/17)

Last night, after an incredibly long weekend in Atlantic City and running on minimal sleep, I headed out to my favorite Philly dive The Barbary for a late show to see influential grindcore band Phobia.  I got to the Barbary right towards the end of Coffin Dust’s set, who if you dig metal is definitely worth checking out.  I didn’t catch a lot of their set but I was pretty blown away by the little I did see, and I’m not even a really big […]

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Die Choking, Eaten Alive, Mister Lizard, Bathe, Ratkicker Live In Philly (8/10/17)

A few weeks ago, I headed out to Philly’s intimate dive The Barbary to catch Ratkicker who was opening for Die Choking with a pretty stacked lineup.  It’s been about 3 years since I’ve seen these Philly punks, and since they were up first I made sure to get there nice and early. Ratkicker: It’s a pretty rare occurrence for Ratkicker to play a show, but I listen to their debut Fuck Off Thank You pretty damn regularly.  Playing aggressive nihilistic punk/hardcore with tinges of […]

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Barnaby Jones, Censors Live In Long Island (8/19/17)

So quick note before I start the post: the guitarist of Censors and Barnaby Jones (Justin) is a pretty big Twitch user and live-streamed the show, which was a going away party for him as he is moving.  Censors starts at around 2:05, and Barnaby Jones starts around 2:55. Watch live video from HCJustin on www.twitch.tv Ever since I first saw Long Island hardcore band Barnaby Jones open for Bomb The Music Industry back in 2009 (fuck was that really 8 years ago now?) here […]

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Kill Your Idols, Violent Society Live In Philly (7/29/17)

2017 was one of the few years that I didn’t head to any day of the city of brotherly shove’s annual This Is Hardcore, but I did head to Underground Arts for the stacked after show featuring Kill Your Idols and Violent Society.  I love both of these bands and would easily go to a show featuring one of them, so having them both on the same bill just made me fucking ecstatic. I got to the smaller room at Underground Arts, and while not […]

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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Pietasters live in Philly (7/28/17)

I had a bit of a dilemma the other day.  Since I’m apparently a fucking moron I bought tickets to two different shows on the same day, not realizing I already bought tickets for a different show.  Because of this, I was faced with a huge existentialist crisis… do I go see Western Addiction (who I completely love) play with Dark Thoughts and Night Birds at Boot and Saddle, or do I catch The Mighty Mighty Bosstones with The Pietasters at Union Transfer? Assuming you […]

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Tsunami Bomb Live In Philly (7/18/17)

When I saw that California’s Tsunami Bomb recently reunited, and was playing the 1st of 3 East coast dates at one of my favorite spots Kung Fu Necktie, I immediately bought a ticket… I haven’t seen them play a show since they opened for The Bouncing Souls sometime in 03/04.  It wasn’t until after I bought the ticket that I learned this was not a full reunion, and singer Agent-M would not be joining and was replaced with new vocalist Kate Jacobi. I’ll be completely […]

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