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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An Albatross Live In Philly (6/25/17)

Man… I am so fucking late with this post.  With my current limited screen time it’s been really hard to keep up, but better late than never right?  ANYWAYS: I bought tickets in advance for one of the most rad/bizarre shows I’ve ever been to.  In all of their weirdness, psychedelic noise grind punks An Albatross decided to play a breakfast Philly show at The Barbary at 6 goddamn AM on a Sunday morning.  According to the band, ” An Albatross toyed with the notion […]

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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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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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