Sticks and Stones Live In Asbury Park NJ (11/8/17)

New Brunswick, New Jersey’s recently reunited Sticks and Stones isn’t very well known outside of the Garden State, but chances are you’ve heard references, influences, or songs by the band even though they’ve been broken up since the 90s.  Vocalist Pete Ventanonio went on to form the World Inferno Friendship Society under the moniker Jack Terricloth, Lifetime has a song called “Yeems song for Nothing” (a reference to their “Theme Song For Nothing”), and The Bouncing Souls not only have a song written about their […]

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Punk Rock Bowling Day 2 (6/11/17)

Completely stacked is the best way to describe the lineup of Asbury Park, NJ’s second day of Punk Rock Bowling.  I got to The Stone Pony’s outdoor summer stage nice and early to catch New Jersey’s own Bigwig, and the place was pretty empty, but nowhere near as empty as one might expect for an all day no-reentry punk fest. Bigwig: Video by Bigwig NJ The fact that Bigwig was playing so early was a bit shocking to me… surely they were more popular in […]

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Sick Of It All, Street Dogs Live In Asbury Park (6/10/17)

After the first day of Asbury’s Punk Rock Bowling, sort of on a whim I decided to go to the aftershow at The Stone Pony featuring Boston’s Street Dogs and hardcore legends Sick Of It All. The place was pretty packed out, although not completely sold out. Street Dogs Video by youtube user: Lauren Stein If you haven’t heard of Boston’s Street Dogs, they formed back in 2002 by by Mike McColgan, the original vocalist of Dropkick Murphys featured on Do or Die and Boys […]

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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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World Inferno Friendship Society, Hub City Stompers Live in NJ (4/2/17)

Sorry for the lack of updates lately, I’ve been a bit slow to post as I’m just starting to get back to work full time after an injury and am only allowed limited screen time, so it’s been difficult, but without further ado: As I stated in a previous post, I headed to my ancestral homeland of New Jersey to catch The Dave Franklin Tribute Show(featuring H2O, Killing Time, etc) and the after show with Hub City Stompers and The World Inferno Friendship Society playing […]

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Doing It For Dave: H2O, Killing Time Live In NJ (4/2/17)

I’m originally from NJ, so I grew up listening to and am a pretty big fan of influential hardcore band Vision.  After seeing them just a few months beforehand, I was crushed earlier in the year when it was announced that their singer Dave Franklin passed away.  On April 2nd, a bunch of bands got together in Asbury Park to help throw a fundraising show in honor of Dave.  It was being thrown at Asbury Park’s Convention Center, and the lineup was stacked.  I wasn’t […]

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The Bouncing Souls Live In Asbury Park, NJ (7/29/16)

This past Friday, I headed to beach town Asbury Park to catch my favorite band and NJ punk legends The Bouncing Souls.  Souls shows in Asbury are always my favorite and make me nostalgic… the first time I ever saw them was back in 2003 in Asbury Park.  I’ve gone pretty much every year to their Home For The Holidays show since it’s inception, but with them announcing this last one would be their final, maybe this new “Stoked For The Summer” will be a […]

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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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Bouncing Souls, World Inferno Friendship Society, Miss TK, and The Low Budgets Live In NJ (12/26/15)

I’ve been going to The Bouncing Souls Home For The Holidays since the band started the Asbury Park tradition back in 2007.  This year, I decided to go on Saturday due to the fact that both the World Inferno Friendship Society and The Low Budgets were playing it.   I got to the Stone Pony right as The Low Budgets took the stage. The Low Budgets: Viva valu-rock!  I’ve loved Philadelphia’s Low Budgets from the moment I saw them live back in 2003 with their goofy […]

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