Less Than Jake, Big D And The Kids Table, Mustard Plug Live In NJ (11/19/16)

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My ancestral homeland New Jersey, one of the few places in the US where ska is still big.  As has become an occasional tradition at this point (went back in 2008 and 2013), I headed out to a packed Starland Ballroom to see some of my favorite ska-punk bands around play “Skanksgiving”… because is it REALLY 3rd wave ska without a ska pun? I was pumped for the show as I’ve been listening to all these guys for nearly 18 years now, and it was […]

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Jeff Rosenstock Live In Philly (11/16/16)

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I’ve been a fan of Jeff Rosenstock’s bands now for well over a decade, seeing ASOB and BTMI plenty of times over the years, and so I always try to catch him whenever he comes to town. About a week and a half ago, I headed to Philadelphia’s infamous First Unitarian Church to see him tour in support his latest album Worry that was released on October 14th of this year (which I’ve listened to a bunch but still need to write a review when […]

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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 Dickies, The Droogettes Live In Philly (10/30/16)

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70s punk band The Dickies have to be one of the most fun punk live bands around.  I had the chance to catch them again, this time at Philly’s intimate Voltage lounge.  The place had a sizable crowd for a Sunday night, and I got there right as Philly’s own The Droogettes were starting. The Droogettes: I never heard of this local, clockward orange themed, all girl punk band before seeing them, but they put on an enjoyable set.  Playing catchy oi punk, The Droogettes […]

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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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Menace Live In Philly (10/7/16)

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If you never heard of UK’s 70s punk band Menace, do yourself a favor and go grab one of their albums immediately… (I recommend their Punk Singles Collection compilation as a good starting point) go ahead, I’ll wait. I firmly believe that Menace is one of the most criminally underrated bands of their time.  Playing catchy oi punk, while other UK bands of their era could easily pack out a bigger venue here such as The Buzzcocks a few weeks ago or Cock Sparrer anytime […]

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The Buzzcocks Live In Philly (9/30/16)

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Photo By Robman94 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Robman94) So over the past two months, I’ve been out of commission with a pretty sweet case of Post Concussive Syndrome, which not only has me have incredibly limited screen time (hence the lack of updates here), it also has had me miss plenty of shows since I’m struggling with being in areas with too much stimulation and what not.  However, there was no chance in hell that I was going miss The Buzzcocks when they came around Philly, concussion be damned. […]

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Direct Hit – Wasted Mind

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Milwaukee’s Direct Hit are back with their 1st Fat Wreck release and 3rd album Wasted Mind.  Like their sophomore Brainless God, Wasted Mind is a loosely themed pop-punk concept album, this time dealing with drugs, alcohol, and chemically altering the brain. Musically, this is Direct Hit’s poppiest and arguably most accessible album for a larger audience to date.  The songs are oozing with harmonies and catchy melodic hooks.  It’s incredibly solid pop-punk, and Direct Hit is one of the best pop-punk bands around these days, […]

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The Bouncing Souls – Simplicity

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The Bouncing Souls, those fucking New Jersey mooches are back with their 10th full length album Simplicity, and I’ve cautiously optimistic about this one for quite some time.  The Souls have been my favorite band since I was just an angst filled NJ teen many years ago, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’ve been disappointed into their descent to mellowness over the past few full length albums that started on The Gold Record and peaked with Ghosts On The Boardwalk.  Sure, […]

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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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