Less Than Jake, Pepper live in Philadelphia (2/19/17)

Last week, I headed to Philadelphia’s Fillmore to catch one of my favorite ska bands Less Than Jake play with Hawaiian reggae/punk band Pepper.  This was my first time at The Fillmore’s main stage (compared to the smaller side stage known as The Foundry where I saw Less Than Jake) and the place was pretty big, yet still had a sizable amount of people there. If you’ve never been to the Fillmore, it’s your typical large Live Nation venue. If you’re into overpriced drinks and […]

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Happy Holidays, Ya Bastard (A Christmas Punk Mix)

It’s that time of year again where we are nearing the annual shopping deadline… err I mean special holiday season for you to get together with your family and loved ones around the dinner table, enjoy each other’s company, and fight about Donald Trump until you storm off and swear you aren’t ever talking politics with your family again (well, at least until you see them again next year). I’m sure you’re sick of the 3 Christmas songs that are on rotation, so here’s some […]

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

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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Leftover Crack, Days N Daze Live In Philly (6/15/16)

You know what’s a beautiful thing?  The fact that it’s 2016 and Leftover Crack can still pack a show on a random Wednesday night.  A few weeks back I headed to Philly’s Underground Arts to catch the crack steady rockers, and got there about halfway through Days N Daze set. Days N Daze: I’ve never seen or heard of Houston’s Days N Daze before, but armed with horns, banjos, guitars, and an array of percussion instruments, these guys and gals played a style that was […]

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Less Than Jake and Bigwig Live In Philly (3/11/16)

This past Friday, I headed up to Philadelphia’s new venue, The Foundry in order to two of my all-time favorite bands: Bigwig and Less Than Jake.  I grew up listening to both of them and playing their music ad-nauseum, and the fact that Less Than Jake was playing Losing Streak in it’s entirety had me incredibly excited. It’s 2016, ska’s pretty much been on life-support, and they’re still able to sell out shows. I got to the venue, and I have to say I wasn’t […]

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Hub City Stompers – Live In Philadelphia (2/21/16)

On an unseasonably warm Sunday night, my girlfriend and I headed to Philadelphia’s Kung Fu Neckie to catch my home state NJ’s ska/oi/punk band Hub City Stompers.  I wasn’t expecting the place to have many people considering the fact it’s a Sunday ska show, but KFN had a decent crowd set up.  We got there a little late, missing their first song but getting there just in time for Chatterbox. One of the first things I’ve noticed was the absence of saxophonist/singer Jenny Whiskey from […]

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Leftover Crack – Constructs Of The State (For fans of Choking Victim, Operation Ivy, Star Fucking Hipsters)

It’s 2016, and I’m really fucking loving the new Leftover Crack album – file under shit I’d never thought I’d be saying.  I’ll be honest, I’ve been a Leftover Crack fan for nearly 15 years now, but I didn’t really have high hopes for their latest Fat Wreck release Constructs Of The State.  For one, it’s been over 11 years since their last album Fuck World Trade, and on top of it founding member Ezra has since left the band, so I just assumed it […]

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The Slackers, The Snails live in Philly (12/11/15)

This past Friday, I headed to Philly’s Underground Arts in order to catch New York ska band The Slackers.  I’ve caught The Slackers a few times over the years, and one thing that always impressed me was the large and diverse crowd that always comes out to catch them, and Friday night was no different. I walked down the steps into Underground Arts and arrived into a pretty full room decked out in holiday décor.  I got there right in the middle of openers The […]

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Mustard Plug, Backyard Super Heroes, Teenage Halloween Live In NJ (11/14/15)

I’ll admit it, it’s the year 2015 and I still shamelessly love ska and especially Mustard Plug.  So much in fact, that I travelled 3 hours round trip to Brighton Bar, a small dive out in Long Branch NJ in order to get my skanking on since Mustard Plug was skipping over Philadelphia for some reason. My girlfriend and I got there right as locals Teenage Halloween were setting up, and the place was decently packed for being an 18+ ska show. Teenage Halloween: I’ve […]

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Streetlight Manifesto Live In Philadelphia (10/18/15)

Long time no see friends!  After a busy few weeks (weddings, traveling, not getting to see Dillinger Four because of the forementioned reasons…) and a hectic weekend, I headed out to Philly’s Electric Factory on a whim this past Sunday in order to see Streetlight Manifesto.  I got there late and unfortunately missed almost all of Dan Potthast’s set except for his song about the Baltimore Ravens. I was pretty surprised how packed the venue was for a ska show on a late Sunday night, […]

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