The Virus, Blanks 77, PEARS Live In Asbury Park (6/11/16)

After Punk Rock Bowling in Asbury Park NJ, I headed to straight to The Wonder Bar for the sold out after show featuring PEARS, Blanks 77, and The Virus.  I made sure to get there early as a line started to form as soon as I got to the dive bar.  Even though the show was technically sold out, the bar never really reached anywhere near capacity.  I don’t know if it was due to the oh so punk “No Studded Jackets!” sign at the […]

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Punk Rock Bowling in Asbury Park Day 1 (6/11/16)

This past Saturday, I headed to Asbury Park NJ to catch day 1 of Punk Rock Bowling.  It was a pretty tough decision, with The Suicide Machines playing a free show nearby here in Philly, but the allure of seeing both Dag Nasty and The Descendents won out. I got to The Stone Pony’s outdoor Summer Stage rather late.  I wanted to make it in time for both 88 Finger Louie and H2O, but unfortunately I was walking up as H2O was finishing up “Nothing […]

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Weekend Nachos Last Philly Show (5/22/16)

I never got to see Weekend Nachos before, always out of town or busy anytime the Illinois powerviolence band came around, (even missing them at one of my old favorite houses The Golden Tea House a few years back).  When I saw that they were playing Philly First Unitarian Church, I figured I had to go, and then learning it was their final Philadelphia show since this is their final tour it pretty much made it a must. I was driving back from a weekend […]

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Dead Milkmen Live In Wilmington, DE (5/20/16)

Last Friday after I headed to a Philadelphia Union game, I realized that The Dead Milkmen were playing only 10 minutes away from the stadium over at Delaware’s Bar XIII.  My girlfriend and I decided to try and go on a whim.  We got to the bar and it was completely sold out, but luckily we were able to get two tickets. We missed the first few songs (including one of my favorite’s Dean’s Dream), but made it inside right as the Dead Milkmen started […]

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Bane’s Final Shows – Night 1 and Night 2 Live In Philly (5/6/16)

Night 1: If you were a hardcore fan anytime during the late 90s/early 00s, you more than likely listen to Bane.  These Massachusetts hardcore dudes have been a staple for as long as I’ve been listening, and it’s with a heavy heart I walked into the sweaty sold out church basement knowing that it was their final shows. I got to the basement a few songs into Boysetsfire’s set.  The place was incredibly packed, but I was able to make my way closer up. Boysetsfire: […]

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NOFX and Direct Hit Live In Philly (4/27/16)

On tour supporting the release of their official autobiography book The Hepatitis Bathtub, I got a chance to see NOFX again play a sold out TLA here in Philadelphia.  Unfortunately I got there a bit late and bummed that I completely missed that ska band I can never remember how to fucking spell their name (Mephiskapheles), but got there in time for Direct Hit. Direct Hit: In my opinion, Direct Hit is one of the best bands in pop-punk today and one of my favorites.  […]

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PEARS, Such Gold Live In Philly (4/14/16)

A couple weeks ago, I headed out to Philly dive bar Kung Fu Necktie in order to catch one of my favorite bands around these days, New Orleans PEARS.  The place had a decently sized small crowd considering it was a Thursday night and the past few times I’ve seen PEARS it seemed most didn’t know who they were,  I got there a few songs in Such Gold’s set. Such Gold: I haven’t really heard these Rochester, NY dudes before, but they clearly have a […]

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Napalm Death, The Melvins, Melt Banana Live In Philly (4/13/16)

This past Wednesday, I headed to Philadelphia’s sold out Underground Arts in order to catch a stacked lineup of Melt Banana, The Melvins, and England’s Napalm Death.  Definitely a diverse lineup,tThe place was pretty packed out from the moment I arrived right as Melt Banana were setting up. Melt Banana Japanese experimental noise punk band Melt Banana have easily been on of my favorite bands for many years now.  I’ve had the pleasure of catching them as a full band plenty of times in the […]

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Fenix TX and Suck Brick Kid Live In Philly (3/31/16)

Last week, I headed to Philly’s Underground Arts to catch one of the first bands I ever saw way back in the day, Fenix TX as they supported Unwritten Law on their tour.  I was surprised by how much of a turnout there were for these bands, especially considering the last time Fenix TX released any music was 15 years ago. I missed the local opener but got there in time for Orlando’s Suck Brick Kid. Suck Brick Kid: Orlando’s Suck Brick Kid took the […]

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Graf Orlock – Crime Traveler (For fans of DANGERS, Ghostlimb, Pig Destroyer)

LA’s Graf Orlock are finally back with their latest album Crime Traveler, their first full-length in since 2009’s Destination Time Today.  Known for their heavy hardcore/grindcore mixed with clips and lyrics focused on various movies, Crime Traveler follows the same format, only this time focuses on a script that the band themselves wrote.  A concept album through and through, Graf Orlock writes: “The Crime Traveler film tells the story of a French-Canadian assassin who discovers a wormhole and travels back in time to kill American […]

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