Punk Rock Bowling Day 1 – Live In Asbury (6/10/17)

On a hot June day, I headed out to Asbury Park, NJ to catch the east coast version of the infamous Vegas Punk bowling tournament at the Stone Pony outdoor summer stage.  Sad to say (just like last year) that there isn’t any actual bowling that takes place anymore, there are a fuck ton of good bands for the two days.  Like, a ridiculously stacked lineup… and while I think Sunday had the stronger lineup overall, there was no way I was going to miss […]

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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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Choking Victim, The Brood, Public Serpents Live In Philly (5/12/17)

Like most punk fans in their late 20s/early 30s, I’ve been a fan of the whole “crack rock steady” family of bands for a long time now.  I’ve seen Leftover Crack, Morning Glory, Star Fucking Hipsters, etc but never got to actually see Choking Victim before…the closest being Leftover Crack playing “Infested” a few times that I’ve seen them.  So when I saw they were doing a reunion show at Philly’s Union Transfer, I bought that shit the second it went on sale.  I got […]

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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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