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Fat Wreck Tour: NOFX, Lagwagon, Strung Out, Swingin Utters Live In Philly (8/15/15)

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Fat Wreck Chords have been around a LONG time.  A staple in punk rock, Fat Mike of NOFX’s record label were a huge influnece on defining the skate punk sound throughout the 90s and early 2000s.  To this day, they still crank out some solid releases and even though they pretty much pioneered the one album deal with bands, they have many alumni on their roster who have exclusively released albums through the label.

To celebrate their 25th year, NOFX gathered a group of friends, and pretty much threw an all day Fat Wreck Festival in a few select cities.  With Philadelphia being one of them, I had to go.

Now, I’m pretty skeptical of all day fests, especially at venues such as Festival Pier (the outdoor space by the Delaware River next to the Ben Franklin bridge).  While providing a scenic backdrop is nice and all, fests are usually incredibly overpriced (which it was), but they did allow us to bring in a bottle and had free water refills, so no complaints here.

i got there a bit earlier than my girlfriend and friends, making it in time for Swingin Utters.

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By the time the Swingin Utters went on, the crowd was already becoming a shitshow (as one would expect at an all day Fat Wreck fest).  Beers flying, people falling over, it was exactly as i expected the second Swingin Utters opened up.  While it seemed like there were only a few of us who were really stoked to see them, those of us who love the San Francisco punks were shouting along and dancing throughout their set.

The band played plenty off most of their expansive discography, with latest Fistful Of Hollow and fan favorite Five Lessons Learned containing the bulk of the set.  Easily one of the most underrated bands on Fat Wreck (and in punk), these guys have been at it since 1987, and are one of the best in Social Distortion-esque sing along punk rock.  Go see them.

Setlist:
Untitled 21
Pills And Smoke
Kick It Over
The Librarians Are Hiding Something
Tell Them Told You So
Stupid Lullabies
Windspitting Punk
Tell Me Lies
Taking The Long Way
Brains
Alice
Fistful Of Hollow
No Eager Men
Fifteenth and T
Five Lessons Learned
Tonight’s Moon
The Next In Line

Strung Out:

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Strung Out is one of those bands that completely rip, but for some reason I never really listened to much or have ever seen live.  Playing aggressive melodic skate punk with traces of metal infused, Strung Out may have played what was musically the tightest set of the night.  After catching them, I need to go back through my collection and give these guys another listen.

Lagwagon:

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Lagwagon was one of the earliest punk bands I’ve ever gotten into, and I will always remember them as one of the first punk albums that I ever bought with the release of Let’s Talk About Feelings.  After listening to them for so many years, I finally had the chance to catch them last December on their tour with Swingin Utters, and they completely slayed live.

Lagwagon took the stage, and immediately announced that they were going to play their 1994 album, and possibly one of their most successful albums Trashed in it’s entirety.  The band was on point, and their set seemed to fly by as they zipped through Trashed, only to finish with a No Use For A Name cover and of course their biggest song thanks to Tony Hawk Pro Skater: May 16th.

Setlist:
Island Of Shame
Lazy
Know It All
Stokin The Neighbors
Give It Back
Rust
Goin South
Dis’Chords
Coffee And Cigarettes
Brown Eyed Girl
Whipping Boy
No One
Bye For Now
Exits (NUFAN cover)
May 16th

NOFX:

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If you’ve ever been even remotely interested in punk at some point of your life, you know about NOFX.  I’ve heard they suck live… well they’ve actually gotten worse.  All live album name jokes aside, I’ve caught NOFX a few times in my life and nearly 30 years later they are one of the most consistent and fun live bands around.

Fat Mike took the stage wearing a dress and exclaimed “No I’m not doing a Laura Jane Grace thing or whatever, I just felt like wearing a fucking dress ok?”  Before even playing any song, Melvin noticed that there was a baby on a dad’s shoulders in the front row.  With a few “who the fuck brings a baby to a NOFX show?” the band told the dad to come on stage with the baby because they didn’t want the baby getting hurt.  But seriously, it’s like the guy’s never been to a punk show in his life, are you fucking kidding me?

It was comedy hour with NOFX on stage as they ripped through their set.  Whether it was “this is probably the best song we’ve ever written” before launching into a cover of Rancid’s “Radio”, or calling out shirtless ripped dudes in the crowd, these guys seem to love what they do still after all these years.

The one thing they wanted to do was play The Longest Line EP in it’s 4 song entirety, but even that got interrupted as a fan requested “Lori Meyers” and the singer of Bad Cop/Bad Cop came out to offer vocals for it.  NOFX played it before annoyed asking “Can we get back to what we were doing now?!” before continuing the rest of the EP.

While they ignored everyone’s shouts of “PLAY THE DECLINE!” (“are you guys chanting let’s go Seahawks?”), they closed with a little broadway number and dance to “Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist”.  A fun time, NOFX is still one of the best live bands around.

Setlist:
Seeing Double At The Triple Rock
Murder The Government
It’s My Job To Keep Punk Rock Elite
Leave It Alone
Quart In Session
Radio (Rancid cover)
Fuck The Kids
Linoleum
The Death Of John Smith
Lori Meyers
The Longest Line
Stranded
72 Hookers
I Believe In Goddess
The Moron Brothers
Leaving Jesusland
Creeping Out Sara
The Separation Between Church and Skate
Reeko
Soul Doubt
Remnants (I think)
Kill All The White Man
(Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist)

MP3:
NOFX – The Moron Brothers
Lagwagon – One Thing To Live
Swingin’ Utters – Sign it Away

More:
NOFX – Self Entitled
NOFX – Coaster
NOFX – War On Errorism
NOFX – So Long And Thanks For All The Shoes
NOFX – Punk In Drublic

Official Site:
Fat Wreck

Limp Wrist Live in Philly (8/9/15)

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The other Sunday evening, I headed down to one of my favorite venues in Philly, The First Unitarian Church to catch a rare show from queercore legends Limp Wrist.  While not sold out, the church basement was pretty full of punks from all colors of the spectrum: straight, gay, trans, lesbian, etc.  Shorts were definitely shorter (as is Limp Wrist’s trademark) and there was plenty of pink.

I was pretty excited for this show, not just because I fucking love these guys, but also due to the recent victory in the Supreme Court making marriage legal nationwide for all people, regardless of sex.  I got to the incredibly hot basement right as Limp Wrist was setting up, and once Limp Wrist took the stage they got the party started with “Just Like You” off their Want Us Dead EP. 

Breaking out into pits and stage dives, we raged throughout their set of classics, but also some new songs coming off a new album that should be coming out some time next year.

The band kept stage banter to a minimum, and shit got weird as one dude got naked in the pit (which, by the way turns out will kill a pit with lightning fast speed).  Martin kept things rowdy by jumping into the crowd and onto the floor as he did “Limp Wrist” and was bombarded with pile ons and sing-alongs.

Limp Wrist is one of rowdiest and fun hardcore bands around, and I’m stoked to hear some the new album. If you’re lucky enough to have them play a rare show near you, fucking do yourself a favor and go.

Setlist:
Just Like You
Back In The Day
Bought Out
Fake Fags
Smear The Fear
S.T.A
What’s Up With The Kids
To The Grave
Man To Man
Fucks With My Head
All Gone Grey
Spun
Complex
Want Us Dead
Collapse
Dead Weight
Limp Wrist
Ode
I Love Hardcore Boys

MP3:
Limp Wrist – Smear The Fear

More:
Limp Wrist – Self Titled LP
Ceremony – Violence Violence

Captain We’re Sinking, The Holy Mess Live In Philadelphia (8/5/15)

This past Wednesday, I headed out to one of my favorite hole in the wall venues, Philly’s small dive bar The Fire in order to catch The Holy Mess.  I got there right as they were setting up.

The Holy Mess:

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The band actually took a while to set up due to gear issues (they informed us they dropped their amp and broke it… and proceeded to back out of a parking spot and hit a pole, so clearly they remain Philadelphia’s most shit showy band).

The band played a solid set to the small room, and even though dancing was kept at a minimum, plenty of us were singing along.  Appropriately playing “Captain, We’re Drinking!” off their Dismount EP.  With plenty of stage banter and joking around, The Holy Mess makes most of their shows feel like a basement show.

A solid (albeit short) set, The Holy Mess always puts on a fun show.

Highlights:
Captain We’re Drinking
I Think Corduroy Is Making A Come Back
Nervous Sister
Vacation

Captain, We’re Sinking:
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I’ll admit, I don’t really listen to Captain, We’re Sinking very often but everyone I was with went mainly for them so I figure I check them out live.  I have a few of their albums, and I don’t mind it when it comes on, but I haven’t really given it too much of a chance.

While it seemed like a lot of the older crowd left after locals The Holy Mess played, there were still plenty of people waiting around for the Scranton punks.  With plenty of people shouting along, and a small pit breaking out Captain, We’re Sinking definitely played a fun set of their more emo influenced pop punk anthems.

MP3:
Holy Mess – Spencer Reid
Captain We’re Sinking – You Have Flaws

I’m Feeling Lost In A Bad Translation:
The Holy Mess – Comfort In The Discord
The Holy Mess – Cande Ru Las Degas
The Holy Mess – Dismount
Holy Mess – Briefcase Full Of Bruise
Holy Mess – Benefit Sesh

Darkbuster, Hub City Stompers Live In Asbury Park (8/5/15)

This past Wednesday I headed out to Asbury Lanes, my favorite punk rock bowling alley to catch Boston oi punk band Darkbuster play a reunion show.  I’ve never had a chance to see them before, the one time they came around before they broke up I went to go see the Bouncing Souls, so I was pretty pumped to finally catch them live after listening to them for years.

Unfortunately due to rush hour traffic and the long trek from Philadelphia, I missed NJ openers The Scandals I was hoping to see again, but made it in time to catch one of my favorite ska bands around Hub City Stompers.

Hub City Stompers:
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I’ve seen Hub City Stompers countless times over the years (ok, maybe like 14 times) and they never fail to disappoint.  Playing the most tongue in cheek, angriest ska around nothing is safe with their irreverent songs poking fun at third wave ska, frat boys, hipsters, emo kids, and everything in between.

The band took the stage and opened with “Black Sheep”, with plenty of people singing along and skanking throughout the set.  The biggest reaction of their set had to be “Skins Don’t Cry”, their oi take on  The Cure’s “Boy’s Don’t Cry”.

Hub City Stompers always put on a solid performance and are one of the most consistent and active ska bands around in the tri-state area.  Definitely check them out if you haven’t yet.

Highlights:
Black Sheep
Skins Don’t Cry
Pants Music
Bumbl-B
Leave me The Fuck Alone
Latina Rose
Where’s My Hooligans

Darkbuster:

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Recently reunited (well, maybe reunited isn’t the right word.  I didn’t realize it at the time but singer Lenny is the only original member of this tour) took the stage, and immediately broke into their call to arms “We Are Darkbuster” to an enthused crowd who’s waited way too long for the return of these bar anthems.

Following it up with “Pub”, Lenny announced they had Kevin Lenear from The Mighty Mighty Bosstones on tour with them playing the saxophone, which meant plenty of their ska songs.  I didn’t realize Darkbuster had a new album coming out, but they played a bunch off their upcoming release and from what I heard live it sounded pretty tight.

The band was a bit sloppy and Lenny apologized to the crowd for sounding so “rough”, but that didn’t deter or damper any of our fun as we danced and shouted along throughout their set.

A solid time, it was definitely awesome to be able to hear these songs I’ve been blasting and singing along to for all these year live.  Bonus points for the fact they played a bunch of their ska songs, which I wasn’t sure if they were going to do or not.  I didn’t buy it (or pick it up if you want a terrible ska pun) when I was there, but I’ll need to check out their new album soon.  If it’s anything like A Weakness for Spirits or 22 Songs You’ll Never Want To Hear Again, I’ll know exactly what to expect: rowdy, sloppy and most importantly fun sing along punk rock anthems.

Setlist (from what I remember, missing some and not in order)

We Are Darkbuster
Pub
Many Moons
Danny Boy
Cantaloupes
Shoulda Known Better
Bud
DJ
new song (Believe In Packer?)
London Town
Mo Town
Nothing At All
new song (Only Girl?)
Hometown Zero
Grandma Was A Nazi (crowd sang it to the drums)
Rudy
Skinhead
Happy Days

MP3:
Darkbuster – Rudy
Hub City Stompers – WTFIU?

More:
Darkbuster – 22 Songs You’ll Never Want To Hear Again
Hub City Stompers – Blood Sweat And Beers
Hub City Stompers – Ska Ska Black Sheep

Jeff Rosenstock, Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room Live In Philly (7/29/15)

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This past Wednesday after finishing up a soccer game, I rushed out to Philly’s Underground Arts in order to catch Jeff Rosenstock’s tour.  I’ve never been to Underground Arts before, but it was a pretty tight spot, with a bar and stage in one room, and a bigger stage in the other.  The show was played in the bigger room and the place was pretty packed by the time I got there for Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room.

Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room:
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Now, I know Dan Andriano from 90s ska-punk band Slapstick (who are fantastic, you should check them out if you haven’t heard them) and the much more popular Alkaline Trio.  I haven’t heard any of his solo work before which he records under Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room, but the supporting band was pretty much everyone in Jeff Rosenstock’s supporting band (including Jeff Rosenstock) minus John.

While playing a few of his dark depressive tunes off of his earlier release Hurricane Season, the majority of the set came from his latest album Party Adjacent which seemed to feature much more pop-punk songs similar to Alkaline Trio.

A solid set, I’m not usually into solo work it seems like every punk singer does these days, but I might have to check out his recorded work.

Jeff Rosenstock:
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It was clear most people were at the show for Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room, because once he finished up his set, the place cleared out.  Still, there were a decent amount of people there to see the ex-ska musician turned indie-pop-punk-I-don’t-even-know-what-to-classify-it-as-besides-music-I -fucking-like.

I’ve been a fan of Rosenstock’s bands forever now, from Arrogant Sons of Bitches to Bomb The Music Industry to Antarctigo Vespucci, and I’ve already had a chance to catch him do some solo work twice this year already now.  Still supporting his latest We Cool?, Jeff took the stage to an energetic crowd singing along all the words to opener “Get Old Forever.”  And being one of the older ones in the crowd, the opening lines of the song really resonated with me.

Jeff and crew seemed in high spirits as usual, ripping through plenty of songs from both his latest and some off of older I Look Like Shit and Summer 7″.  At one point, Jeff and John were fucking around and started playing the opening to Bomb The Music Industry’s “Stuff That I Like” before breaking out into one of the solo songs.  I’m not sure if most people weren’t aware of what they were playing and if they were trolling or trying to gauge our reaction, but I was pretty disappointed they didn’t break out into that song.

A solid show, Jeff always puts on a very positive, fun, and energetic set stage diving into the crowd.  I was planning on taking it easy at the show, but I was covered in sweat by the time it was over.

Highlights:
Get Old Forever
You, In Weird Cities
Hey Allison!
Novelty Sweater
The Trash The Trash The Trash
MCI (I think)
Nausea
Beers Again Alone
Darkness Records

Mp3:
Jeff Rosenstock – Hey Allison

Stale Regrets Are A Waste Of Time:
Jeff Rosenstock – We Cool?
Bomb The Music Industry – Adults!!! Smart!!! Shithammered!!! And Excited By Nothing
Bomb the Music Industry – Scrambles
Arrogant Sons Of Bitches – Discography

Official Site:
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American Nightmare, The Suicide File Live In Philly (7/24/15)

I headed out to Philly’s Electric Factory in order to catch American Nightmare and The Suicide File play night one of This Is Hardcore. I wasn’t sure what to expect since I was arriving really late in time for The Suicide File, but the all day fest had been going on for hours earlier.  The place was decently packed although plenty of room to move around.

The Suicide File

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I’ve never had a chance to see The Suicide File before, so I was pretty stoked to catch Boston’s rock and roll infused hardcore band.  Before their set, someone took the stage and stated that the band asked him to talk about one of the biggest problems plaguing the country these days, rumors of Tom Brady cheating.

With that, the band took the stage and blasted into The Purple Dawn while a pit, stage dives, and a can of party string was immediately let loose.  Suicide File put on a killer reunion set, and seemed in pretty high spirits, often taking light hearted jabs at each other, the crowd and Philadelphia in general (“If I knew 15 years ago that we’d be playing in front of a crowd this big in Philadelphia?  I’d say couldn’t we play a better city?”)

Playing a bunch off both Twilight and their compilation Some Mistakes You Never Stop Paying For, they played two of my favorites (“Atchung Landmine!” and “Now Lie In It”) but the biggest reaction was definitely closer “Song For Tonight” which had one of the biggest pile-ons I’ve seen at recent shows.  Holy shit.

Setlist (not in order, might not be complete)
The Purple Dawn
Twilight
Laramie
Things Fall Apart
Atchung! Landmine!
Ashcroft
I Hate You
Song For Katy
Now Lie In It

American Nightmare:American Nightmare

I’m a huge American Nightmare fan, and they have been my favorite hardcore band ever since I’ve seen them back in 2003 when they were touring under the name Give Up The Ghost (due to another American Nightmare threatening legal action).  Since they’ve broken up, I’ve seen them a number of times, flying up to Boston to see their first reunion show which was mind blowing, and heading up to NYC to catch them a few times as well.

After a while setting up, Wes and crew took the stage and broke out into “There’s A Black Hole In The Shadow Of The Pru”.  Two stepping and stage diving abound, the band played a set heavily from Background Music and their earlier EPs, playing for a solid half hour with very minimal banter.

In true hardcore form, Wes left most of the shouting up to the crowd as he jumped around the stage and stage divers accidentally ripped out cords.  It seemed like their set was plagued with some sound issues, but Wes seems to have a hard time hitting the screams this show.  Still, it’s American Nightmare and I definitely lost my shit and was in the pit the majority of theire set.  I really want to see them in a smaller venue again (I missed their NYC show at Saint Vitus, but footage looks like some of the most solid yet).
Setlist:
There’s A Black Hole In The Shadow Of The Pru
Hearts
I’ve Shared Your And Lips Now They Sicken Me
Love American
(We Are)
AM/PM
Shoplifting In A Ghost Town
I Saved Latin
Postmark My Compass
Crime Scene
Fuck What Fireworks Stand For
Calculation Nation
Protest Song #00
Please Die!
Your Arsonist
Farewell

MP3:
American Nightmare – The Ice Age Is Coming!
The Suicide File – Now Lie In It

More:
American Nightmare – Year One
American Nightmare – Background Music
Scenester 101: How To Be An Old School Hardcore Kid In 10 Easy Steps!

Bouncing Souls, Andrew Jackson Jihad Live In New Jersey (7/17/15)

I don’t head out to NJ’s Starland Ballroom very often anymore, it’s a bit of a ride and a bigger venue.  But I’ll make an exception for those fucking New Jersey mooches The Bouncing Souls.  When I first bought tickets to the show when it was announced, I was thrilled as a NJ born and bred punk kid, they’ve been my favorite band for many years now.

But when The Bouncing Souls announced that they were playing How I Spent My Summer Vacation in it’s entirety, I was pretty pumped: last time I tried to see this album in it’s entirety (exactly 4 years and 2 days of the show) I shattered my arm and had to leave early, eventually needing about 20 screws and 2 steel plates.   I wasn’t planning on crowd surfing this time, and kept it in the pit.

My girlfriend and I got to the venue and while it wasn’t sold out, it was decently packed.  I got there right as folk punks Andrew Jackson Jihad were setting up.

Andrew Jackson Jihad:

Andrew Jackson Jihad

I caught Andrew Jackson Jihad once before, and they put on a killer show so I was excited to catch them again.  The band was on stage when the Starland Ballroom screen lifted, to which they made of fun a bit and instantly kicked into their folk punk tunes to a very receptive crowd.  With many shouting along, they played a killer set with plenty of energy (with the singer doing somersaults to lighten up the rather somber yet epic closer “Big Bird”).

Andrew Jackson Jihad are easily one of the best live folk punk bands around, and if they come around your area, go check them out.

Highlights:
Linda Ronstant
Big Bird
Gift Of The Magi 2: Return Of The Magi

The Bouncing Souls:

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After a few good chants of OLE and Here We Go as is custom before their set, The Bouncing Souls took the stage and immediately broke into “That Song” which had us in the crowd singing and moving throughout their set playing How I Spent My Summer Vacation.  The set was a bit of a whirlwind, and every song had people dancing.  Greg seemed more energetic on stage with the mic, even diving into the crowd at one point.

After the Souls finished up How I Spent My Summer Vacation closer “Gone”, they left the stage for a bit to chants of Here We Go.  When they announced the show, they said they were going to showcase some new songs as well, but they definitely surprised me by playing a bunch of other songs off older albums as well.  They took the stage again and started their encore with the Ramones cover (who were covering Bobby Freeman) “Do You Wanna Dance?”

The new songs that the band played were actually pretty tight, and sounded much more like the traditional Bouncing Souls that I know and love.  Minus a few songs, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Comet or the slower songs from Ghosts On The Boardwalk but loved the song they did on their latest Shocking Split with The Menzingers so I’m excited to see what they’ll put out next.  Oh, and they played my favorite song ever “The Freaks, The Nerds, And The Romantics”?  Yeah, I’m happy.  Bonus I didn’t break my arm this time around

Setlist (Mostly Complete, Order might be off):

How I Spent My Summer Vacation Set:
That Song
Private Radio
True Believers
Better Life
The Something Special
Broken Record
Lifetime
Manthem
Break-Up Song
Streetlight Serenade (To No One)
Late Bloomer
No Comply
Gone

Encore:
Do You Wanna Dance (Ramones/Bobby Freeman cover)
Sing Along Forever
Say Anything
New Song
Hopeless Romantic
Quick Check Girl
East Coast Fuck You
Lean On Sheena (Avoid One Thing cover)
Kate Is Great
Joe Lies When He Cries (I think they did this one)
New Song
The Freaks The Nerds And The Romantics
Here We Go
Night On Earth

MP3:
Andrew Jackson Jihad – ‘Nother Beer
Bouncing Souls-Joe Lies (When He Cries)

More:
Bouncing Souls “Worst” Album
Bouncing Souls – The Good The Bad And The Argyle
Bouncing Souls Split Series
Bouncing Souls – Comet

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Live In Philadelphia (7/13/15)

Boston’s Mighty Mighty Bosstones are one of those bands I’ve been listening to forever yet somehow never got a chance to see live.  Let’s Face It was my first ska album when I was just in middle school, and I played the shit out of it.  When I saw they were finally coming to Philadelphia, I bought tickets the minute they went on sale.

This past Monday night my girlfriend and I made our way to Philly’s Union Transfer.  I was hoping to catch openers Street Dogs since it’s been a few years since I’ve seen them, but unfortunately Philly had other plans for me… mostly in the form of detours and road closures.

When we finally got there, the place was decently packed, and Street Dogs just ended.  While not sold out, the place was definitely filled with people from all eras.  I saw many old heads with their kids who were decked out in Bosstones gear and wasn’t exactly sure how the reaction was going to be.

The second the Mighty Mighty Bosstones took the stage, it was clear this was going to be a rowdy show, with a circle pit opening during opener “I Want My City Back” that wouldn’t let up for the entirety of the set.

Dicky and crew have been at this a long time, and it showed through how tight their set was.  The band was on point, barely missing a beat and played a solid long set consisting of songs from all their releases, with a bunch I didn’t really know (I’m not too familiar with their last two albums, but need to check them out).

A tight show which had plenty of us skanking and shouting along, I naturally assumed the song that would get their biggest reaction was their surprising hit “The Impression That I Get”, but old school “Devil’s Night Out” had the place exploding. But the fact they played both “Hope I Never Lose My Wallet” and then closing with one of personal favorites “Holy Smoke”?  Killed it.  But the true hero?  Bosstones resident skanker, who kept dancing onstage the entirety of the set in a full blown suit under those hot spotlights.  You da real MVP.

Setlist:
I Want My City Back
Rascal King
Dr D.
Graffiti Worth Reading
Someday I Suppose
Like A Shotgun
Let’s Face It
Sunday Afternoons On Wisdom Ave
Kinder Words
All Things Considered
He’s Back
I Wrote It
Open And Honest
I Won’t Go Out Like That
Mr. Moran
The One With Woes All Over It
Rudie Can’t Fail (Clash cover)
Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah
Devil’s Night Out
Don’t Worry Desmond Dekker
They Will Need Music
The Impression That I Get
Impossible Dream

Encore:
Hope I Never Lose My Wallet
A Pretty Sad Excuse
Chocolate Pudding
Holy Smoke

MP3:
Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Hope I Never Lose My Wallet

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Scenester 101:How to be a 3rd wave ska dork
Less Than Jake – Greetings And Salutations 
Mustard Plug – Can’t Contain It

Voodoo Glow Skulls and Hub City Stompers Live In Philadelphia (6/25/15)

This past Thursday, I headed to Philadelphia’s Center City bar and upstair music venue Milkboy to see The Voodoo Glow Skulls and Hub City Stompers despite battling a cold that left me exhausted.  I’ve never been to this spot before, as they tend to usually host more indie bands and singer/songwriter tyoes types as opposed to punk and ska bands, which is a shame because it was a pretty rad venue.

Last time I caught Voodoo Glow Skulls headline a show nearly 6 years ago, the place was practically empty with only about 40 of us there.  This time the venue was freaking packed, without much room to walk around (did ska grow in the last 6 years or something?)  My girlfriend and I got there right as Hub City Stompers were setting up.

Hub City Stompers:

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Growing up in NJ and frequenting ska shows around the tri-state area, I don’t think there’s a ska band I’ve seen more than Hub City Stompers. Playing traditional ska mixed with punk, oi and hardcore, HCS creates a sound very uniquely them.  The small stage at Milkboy looked like it could barely fit all of them as they blasted through their set.

Playing a set primarily consisting of songs off their latest Life After Death, the band played a tight and fun set with plenty of us singing along to songs like Pants Music, Ska Ska Black Sheep, Leave Me The Fuck Alone, Sharky 17 (a cover of Rev. Sin’s other band Inspecter 7) And Bumbl-B.  Always a good time, I still always try and make sure I catch these guys when they come around since I’ve first seen them back in 2004.

Voodoo Glow Skulls:

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It’s rare that California ska punk veterans Voodoo Glow Skulls make it around to Philly or the east coast in general.  Still active after 27 years, The Voodoo Glow Skulls still put on an incredibly fun live show.  Taking the stage donning their trademark mexican wrestler mask, the band immediately broke out into their self-depreciating call to arms “Voodoo Anthem” which I couldn’t control myself very long and opened a pit that plenty of people were all the eager to join and continue throughout the night.

The band ripped through all of their classics with songs like The Band Geek Mafia and Charlie Brown getting the biggest responses of the night.  They kept the songs on the heavier faster side as opposed to the slower ska numbers, but had plenty of people skanking when they did.  Bringing out the totem pole and having their voodoo guy come out for the last song, it was a fun night over at Milkboy on a rainy Thursday.  I wish they came out to the east coast more often, but with ska shows being so rare in general these days, I’ll take what I can get.  If you get a chance catch Voodoo Glow Skulls live, do yourself a favor and do so.

Setlist: (From what I remember and not complete or in order)

Voodoo Anthem
El Coo Cooi
Charlie Brown
Insubordination
Fat Randy
Land Of Misfit Toys (I think)
Shoot The Moon
Human Pinata
Delinquent Song (I think)
The Band Geek Mafia
Say Goodnight

MP3:
Voodoo Glow Skulls – Voodoo Anthem
Hub City Stompers – WTFIU?

Who Do Voodoo We Do Fuck You:
Scenester 101: How To Be a 3rd Wave Ska Dork
Hub City Stompers – Blood Sweat And Beers
Hub City Stompers – Ska Ska Black Sheep

Melt Banana Live In Philadelphia (5/22/15)

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Melt Banana is one of my favorite bands around, and this experimental Japanese noise-punk band puts on one of the craziest live shows out there.  I missed them last time they came around supporting their latest full length Fetch due to them opening for a bigger band that sold out ridiculously quick, but I made sure to grab tickets immediately so I wouldn’t miss them again.

I headed out to the sold out upstairs small stage of Johnny Brenda’s right as Melt Banana was setting up.  I wasn’t sure A lot has changed since the last time I saw Melt Banana four years ago, the biggest being that they’ve slimmed down from a 4 piece to a duo, leaving only vocalist Yasuko Onuki and guitarist Agata playing along with backing tracks.  In addition, I wasn’t sure if the crowd would be moving at all or if I’d be the asshole everyone hated: small space, 21+ show and people clutching their drinks.

All of my fears were unfounded though as the second Melt Banana started playing, not only was it clear that they still completely kill it live, plenty of people in the crowd had the same idea as me and a rowdy pit broke out for the entirety of their set.

The band played a bunch off of Fetch, and tore through a few from Bambi’s Dilemma and Cell Scrape as well.  This tour was supporting their compilation Return of 13 Hedgehogs, so they also did a few off of that.    Agata was on point creating a wall of sound with his guitar as usual, while Onuki belted out her lightning fast vocals while hopping around the stage.

By the end of the show I was covered in beer and sweat, and sort of like their music, the whole thing was a bit of a blur.  Still one of the best live bands out there today, Melt Banana always provides an insane experience.

Setlist: (from what I remember and not in order)
Lie Lied Lies
Candy Gun
Chain Shot to Have Some Fun
The Hive
Monkey Man (Toots And The Maytals cover)
Uncontrollable Urge (Devo cover)
Left Dog (Run Caper Run)
My Missing Link
Cracked Plaster Cast
Cat Brain Land (I think)
Blank Page Of The Blind

MP3:
Melt Banana – The Hive

More Melt Banana:
Melt Banana – Fetch
Melt Banana – Bambi’s Dilemma
Melt Banana – Cell Scrape