Infest Live In Philly (11/12/16)

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  On a cool Saturday night, I headed to Philly’s sold out First Unitarian Church to catch power violence pioneers Infest for their first ever show in the city of Brotherly love.  The church basement was completely packed out when the California punk band with people looking to let off some steam considering everything going on with the country a few days after the election.  Vocalist Joe acknowledged these feelings as he took the stage, announcing “It’s been an interesting week, let’s have some fun” […]

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The Descendents, Fucked Up, Night Birds Live In Philly (10/13/16)

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*Once again, I’m really late on this post due to my incredibly limited screen time due to this stupid fucking post concussive syndrome as I’ve mentioned in previous (late) posts and staying on a screen longer than a few minutes causes instant migraines which lo and behold, doesn’t really go well when you’re trying to run a blog. Anyways, on October 13th I headed to Philly’s Electric Factory to catch a stacked lineup.  The show was running really late due to some sound issues the […]

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Gorilla Biscuits At This Is Hardcore Live In Philadelphia (8/6/16)

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(video by aouoon) Yeah I know I know, this post is waaaay overdue, but I was injured with a concussion shortly after the show, and haven’t been allowed to look at screens because concussions are fucking boring and you seriously can’t do anything (I’m still not really supposed to use them long, so I will be keeping this post pretty short). I never got to see Gorilla Biscuits before, even though I’ve been listening to these NY hardcore legends for many years now.  I tried […]

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Youth Of Today Live In Philly (8/4/16)

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I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect seeing Youth Of Today play Union Transfer for Day 1 of the annual Philly fest: This Is Hardcore.  Youth Of Today, along with Gorilla Biscuits were one of the most influential hardcore bands of their time, and with people in the audience ranging from 18 to well into their 40s and 50s, it’s clear they’ve left a legacy.  I’ve been listening to them for many years and never got to see them, but wasn’t sure if it would […]

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Token Entry Live In Philly (7/24/16)

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Token Entry is one of the most influential hardcore bands that you might have never heard of.  Hailing from NYC back in the 80s, they helped shape the hardcore scene in New York, influencing bands like H2O and even giving Gorilla Biscuits (still unnamed at the time) their first gig.  Hell, even The Bouncing Souls named their record label after lead singer Timmy Chunks. Token Entry doesn’t really play much anymore besides the very occasional reunion show (I got to see them a few years […]

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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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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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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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American Nightmare Live In Philly (3/4/15)

Boston’s American Nightmare have been one of my favorite hardcore bands since I was an angsty 18 year old in 2003, and I find myself listening to their albums and EPs pretty regularly even 13 years later as an angsty 30 year old.  Their music got me through a lot of shit, and the first time I saw them over a decade ago with Hope Conspiracy still remains one of my most memorable show experiences ever.  On a cool Friday night, I headed to Philly’s […]

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PEARS Live In Philly (12/10/15)

Ever since I saw PEARS open for Teenage Bottlerocket a few months back and I got a copy of their debut Go To Prison, I haven’t been able to stop listening to them.  New Orleans PEARS mix their aggressive hardcore so seamlessly with Descendent’s inspired pop-punk, it seriously is the most catchy and addicting music I’ve heard in a long time. I got to Johnny Brenda’s intimate small room just in time for PEARS, and the place was actually nowhere near as dead as I […]

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