Penetrode, Meter Feeder, Blackout Live In Philly (1/19/17)

It’s been a long damn time since I’ve last been to a Philly house show.  Last night, I headed to a basement to catch a couple of hardcore punk bands as they played a fundraiser for Philly’s Project Safe.  While I didn’t really know any of the bands very well, I dug what little I heard previously and a small basement show is always fun (I was wrestling with the idea of going to see Anti-Flag at The Fillmore, but didn’t really feel like paying […]

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NOFX – First Ditch Effort

NOFX are beyond punk rock veterans at this point.  Not only have they been consistently touring and releasing music since the 80s, the band also hasn’t had any real member changes since the early 90s.  After the release of their gut wrenchingly honest autobiography The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories, the California punks are back with their 13th studio album First Ditch Effort.  Taking a page from their book (no pun intended), First Ditch Effort is easily the most honest and open album we’ve seen […]

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Guttermouth – New Car Smell (For fans of NOFX, The Vandals, The Queers)

In the past year Guttermouth quietly released two EPs, with New Car Smell being the latest.  I’ve seen many reviews claiming that these new releases were the first songs from the California punks since their 2006 Shave The Planet (and if you read this site at all, you’ll know that’s fucking bullshit).  These same reviews blasted New Car Smell for being childish and immature… yeah, no shit… If you’re easily offended or were never a fan in the first place, you’re not going to like […]

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The Top 10 Punk Albums of 2016

Ahhh 2016, collectively the shit stain year of the decade.  Admittedly, I haven’t had a chance to post many reviews as I’ve been busy/concussed (forced to limit screen time) so I didn’t post anywhere near as much as I would have liked, including for many of the albums in my top 10.   Nonetheless, I’ve been putting this off long enough, but here’s my top 10 albums of 2016.  So without further ado: 10. Dark Thoughts – Self Titled I’ve said before how these guys are […]

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Dave Franklin vocalist of NJ hardcore band Vision has passed away.

Fuck.  I was hoping to make a post tonight about my top 10 albums of 2016, but instead am reporting on some incredibly depressing news.  According to Not Like You Records, Dave Franklin of NJ hardcore band Vision has passed away. Growing up in NJ, Vision was incredibly influential to hardcore there, and to me as well.  I’ve been listening to them since I was in high school, and always played them whenever I needed a heavy dose of positivity to this day.  One of […]

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Dag Nasty, Loud Boyz Live In Philadelphia (12/30/16)

In case you haven’t heard, 80s DC melodic hardcore band Dag Nasty has reunited with all of the original members from when the band first started, and released a 7-inch in 2016.  On the night before New Year’s Eve, I headed to Philadelphia’s TLA in order to catch Dag Nasty once again after seeing them previously over the summer in Asbury Park, and to catch openers Loud Boyz. I completely missed the first band Sketchy, because honestly I didn’t even know there was another opening […]

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Dangers, Kids Live In Philadelphia (12/27/16)

Dangers is one of the best hardcore bands around, period.  Touring in support of their new album The Bend In The Break, on Wednesday I had the chance to see them again over at Philadelphia’s First Unitarian Church basement.  In the past, I’ve only seen these Los Angeles punks play Philly’s now defunct Golden Tea House, but to make it feel more like a house show the bands all played the floor of the church instead of on the stage.  I missed local Philly openers […]

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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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The Bouncing Souls, Off With Their Heads Live In Philadelphia (12/10/16)

Ever since they started the tradition, I’ve attended The Bouncing Souls Home For The Holidays, their annual Christmas shows in Asbury Park NJ for almost a decade now.  I grew up in NJ my entire life, and seeing the band in Asbury was always pretty special to me since it was the first place I ever saw them back when they played Skate and Surf YEARS ago.  With last years announcement that it would be their final show, I was worried I would be Soul-less […]

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MxPx Live in Philadelphia (12/2/16)

Every punk fan has their gateway band that really introduced them and made them fall in love with the genre.  Unless you came out of the womb with a mohawk yelling oi with a Crass patch pinned to your diaper, odds are your first exposure was a pop-punk or skate punk band.  For me, that band was MxPx… their songs about growing up were one of the ways I got through my early teenage years.  18 years ago, it was nearly impossible to find me […]

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