Phobia Live In Philadelphia (9/10/17)

Last night, after an incredibly long weekend in Atlantic City and running on minimal sleep, I headed out to my favorite Philly dive The Barbary for a late show to see influential grindcore band Phobia.  I got to the Barbary right towards the end of Coffin Dust’s set, who if you dig metal is definitely worth checking out.  I didn’t catch a lot of their set but I was pretty blown away by the little I did see, and I’m not even a really big […]

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Die Choking, Eaten Alive, Mister Lizard, Bathe, Ratkicker Live In Philly (8/10/17)

A few weeks ago, I headed out to Philly’s intimate dive The Barbary to catch Ratkicker who was opening for Die Choking with a pretty stacked lineup.  It’s been about 3 years since I’ve seen these Philly punks, and since they were up first I made sure to get there nice and early. Ratkicker: It’s a pretty rare occurrence for Ratkicker to play a show, but I listen to their debut Fuck Off Thank You pretty damn regularly.  Playing aggressive nihilistic punk/hardcore with tinges of […]

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An Albatross Live In Philly (6/25/17)

Man… I am so fucking late with this post.  With my current limited screen time it’s been really hard to keep up, but better late than never right?  ANYWAYS: I bought tickets in advance for one of the most rad/bizarre shows I’ve ever been to.  In all of their weirdness, psychedelic noise grind punks An Albatross decided to play a breakfast Philly show at The Barbary at 6 goddamn AM on a Sunday morning.  According to the band, ” An Albatross toyed with the notion […]

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The Dead Milkmen, An Albatross play protest show in Philly (1/20/17)

This past Friday, as us Americans watched a narcissistic sociopath con his way into the White House (I’m just waiting for him to plaster his stupid fucking name in gaudy ass letters above it like he does all of his buildings), I headed to my favorite stomping grounds The Barbary to catch local legends The Dead Milkmen and An Albatross play a protest show where all proceeds were donated to Planned Parenthood. An Albatross: The Pennsylvania misfits of hardcore, circus-esque An Albatross recently reunited to […]

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The Death Set and Wax Witches Live In Philadelphia (4/24/14)

This past Thursday, I headed to Philadelphia’s Barbary to catch Brooklyn electronic-punk-art-weirdos-whatever the fuck you want to call them The Death Set and Wax Witches play Shadowscene’s rad “Fuck You Let’s Fuck” party (the first one in quite some time).  I never saw either bands before, and the last time I tried to catch The Death Set back in 2009 when they toured with Cerebral Ballzy and Totally Michael, I had to bounce early unfortunately. The venue was pretty empty when I first got there, […]

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Anvil, Lords Of Mercy, Fantasy Panther Live In Philadelphia (4/1/14)

Last week, on a random Tuesday night I headed out to Philadelphia’s Barbary to catch local grind band Fantasy Panther open for what has been dubbed the real life Spinal Tap metal band Anvil.  I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t know much about Anvil going into the show as I’ve never seen The Story Of Anvil documentary that helped relaunch their popularity, and the only thing I knew about them is Propagandhi payed homage to them by titling one of their songs “March […]

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Richie Ramone Live In Philadelphia (2/13/14 At Barbary)

Joey Ramone once stated that Richie “saved the band as far as I’m concerned.  He’s the greatest thing to happen to the Ramones. He put the spirit back in the band.” So when I saw that the legendary drummer was playing Philly’s punk party Guitar Army, I wasn’t about to let a something tiny like a blizzard hold me down. Unfortunately, I did miss both openers. After fighting the elements, I made it to the Barbary in one piece, amped as all hell to see […]

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Fantasy Panther, Ratkicker, Skin Graft (Live in Philadelphia 1/9/14)

This past Thursday I headed out to Philly’s small club The Barbary to catch a grindcore/powerviolence show.  The place had a decent amount of people in it for a random winter Thursday night, and while I unfortunately missed some of the openers (especially Boroughs, from what I’ve heard of them, they’re fucking sick), I was able to catch the final three. Skin Graft: Local Philly grind/powerviolence dudes, these guys reminded me a lot of a more midtempo and sludgy Spazz.  The band seemed to missing […]

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Cherie Currie (The Runaways), The High Five Recap In Philly (11/15/13)

(Cherry Bomb starts around 1:15) Without a doubt if you were to ask who the most influential all female rock/punk bands were, The Runaways would be at the top of your list.  This past Friday night I had the chance to see lead singer Cherie Currie perform with her band at Philly’s intimate bar/club The Barbary. Presented by Guitar Army, Philly’s own punk-glam-rock party (which has grown from just a few people hanging out listening to The Ramones, The Clash, and The New York Dolls […]

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The Copyrights, Direct Hit! Live In Philadelphia (7/2/13)

Yesterday evening I headed to Philly’s small venue/dance club/bar The Barbary to catch pop-punk torch carriers The Copyrights.  It was a very small intimate show with only about 30 people there or so, and I knew going in that while everyone usually sings along… dancing is often at a minimum at these pop-punk shows for some reason, which would usually piss me off… but since I’m coming off an injury I was surprisingly ok with it.  I wound up missing the two openers, but made […]

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