Teenage Bottlerocket – Stealing The Covers

Unless your name is Me First And The Gimme Gimmes* I’m incredibly skeptical of any album consisting completely of punk covers.  It always seems like a cop-out or a cash grab.  So even though I’m a pretty big Teenage Bottlerocket fan, when I first heard about the Wyoming punks releasing Stealing The Covers on Fat Wreck, I wasn’t exactly expecting much.  I was pleasantly surprised though, as I find myself thoroughly enjoying the album and listening to it all the damn time. A few things separate […]

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Good Riddance/Kill Your Idols Split

I was fucking around on my guitar for the first time in months, trying to play some Kill Your Idols (did I mention how terrible I am at guitar?) when I kept defaulting to their song “I Told You So.”  Since I’ve been on such a huge kick of their split with Good Riddance lately, I decided I should post about it even though it’s old as shit (released back in 2001), but maybe some of you haven’t heard it or forgot about it. Two […]

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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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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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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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