Hub City Stompers, Hard Knocks Live In Philly (6/24/17)

On a warm Saturday night, I headed to South Philly dive Connie’s Ric Rac in order to catch NJ ska hooligans Hub City Stompers.  I got to the venue, and the show was running hours late due to a bartender quitting or something, and thus everyone was locked out.  Cool.  Since I was in South Philly anyway, I killed some time watching soccer, eating canolis, and trying my best to avoid the busloads of tourists wandering the area after eating some shit cheesesteaks at either […]

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Punk Rock Bowling Day 2 (6/11/17)

Completely stacked is the best way to describe the lineup of Asbury Park, NJ’s second day of Punk Rock Bowling.  I got to The Stone Pony’s outdoor summer stage nice and early to catch New Jersey’s own Bigwig, and the place was pretty empty, but nowhere near as empty as one might expect for an all day no-reentry punk fest. Bigwig: Video by Bigwig NJ The fact that Bigwig was playing so early was a bit shocking to me… surely they were more popular in […]

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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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Dark Thoughts, Ultraje Live In Philly (6/5/17)

I’ve been super busy, just getting back from traveling a bit and having limited screen time in general so I am so damn behind on posts (shit… I mostly just want to post about the new Rancid album  “Trooouuublemaaaakaaah!”  No but seriously, it is actually good). Earlier this month, I headed to Philly’s Lava Space in order to catch locals Dark Thoughts.  I got there at the beginning of Ultraje’s set. Ultraje: I’ve never heard of Ultraje before, but these punks came from San Juan, […]

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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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Streetlight Manifesto Live In Philly (5/19/17)

As a ska-punk fan growing up in New Jersey during the early 2000s, Streetlight Manifesto was always one of my favorite bands back in the day, and if you’re familar with the genre you damn well know who Streetlight Manifesto is by now.  I honestly think that Tomas Kalnoky is one of the most talented songwriters who pushed the boundaries in a genre that was suffering from stagnation. Touring to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their sophomore album Somewhere In The Between, Philly was […]

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Choking Victim, The Brood, Public Serpents Live In Philly (5/12/17)

Like most punk fans in their late 20s/early 30s, I’ve been a fan of the whole “crack rock steady” family of bands for a long time now.  I’ve seen Leftover Crack, Morning Glory, Star Fucking Hipsters, etc but never got to actually see Choking Victim before…the closest being Leftover Crack playing “Infested” a few times that I’ve seen them.  So when I saw they were doing a reunion show at Philly’s Union Transfer, I bought that shit the second it went on sale.  I got […]

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The Movielife, The Flatliners, MakeWar Live In Philly (5/4/17)

When it was announced that recently reunited The Movielife would be playing Philly’s tiny dive Kung Fu Necktie, I knew I would have to buy a ticket as soon as they went on sale.  And I’m incredibly glad I did, because the show sold out in about 5-10 minutes.  I never got to see melodic hardcore/emo The Movielife before, only catching vocalist Vinnie doing a solo show before, so I was pretty excited to finally get to see them, especially in such a small intimate […]

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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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