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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The Queers, Teenage Bottlerocket Live In Philly (2/28/13)

I’ve been waiting for this day for months.  Teenage Bottlerocket and The Queers followed by Philly’s premiere 70s punk/rock and roll party guitar army?  Count me the FUCK in. I headed out to a sold out Barbary and thanks to lovely Philly traffic missed the majority of the openers Masked Intruders set, but from the little bit I heard, I definitely need to check these masked dudes out.  Solid pop-punk. Teenage Bottlerocket I’ve said it many times before on this site and I’ll say it […]

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Teenage Bottlerocket Live In Philly (8/24/12)

This past Friday, I headed out to see one of my all time favorite pop-punk bands around, Teenage Bottlerocket.  It’s a rare occasion for me to be able to see them (in the years I’ve been listening to them this was only going to be my 4th time… due to the fact they are from Wyoming and rarely make it out to the east coast), and I’ve been stoked for months about this Barbary show. Add the fact that I love their latest release Freak […]

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The Copyrights, The Dopamines, Mean Jeans Live In Philly (6/24/12)

After being in the sun all day at a super last minute Phillies game (don’t care about the Phillies, hoped to see Tampa Bay lose), I headed out to Philly’s Barbary to catch one hell of a pop-punk lineup.  I would have went for The Copyrights or Mean Jeans alone, but having them both on the same set?  Fuck yeah. House Boat: I came in about halfway through these NJ guys set.  I caught House Boat at the Asbury Lanes about two years ago, and […]

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Ceremony, Dead People Screaming Live In Philly (4/21/12)

Yesterday evening I headed out to my second home The Barbary to catch one of my favorite hardcore acts around, Ceremony.  It’s been about a year since I last saw them and they always put on a solid show.  As an added bonus, I learned that Philly’s own Dead People Screaming was opening the show and I’ve been meaning to catch these dudes for a little while. Dead People Screaming: Singer Ryan came out wearing a drag dress and some Batman undies to the surprise […]

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