Good Riddance/Kill Your Idols Split

I was fucking around on my guitar for the first time in months, trying to play some Kill Your Idols (did I mention how terrible I am at guitar?) when I kept defaulting to their song “I Told You So.”  Since I’ve been on such a huge kick of their split with Good Riddance lately, I decided I should post about it even though it’s old as shit (released back in 2001), but maybe some of you haven’t heard it or forgot about it. Two […]

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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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Barnaby Jones, Censors Live In Long Island (8/19/17)

So quick note before I start the post: the guitarist of Censors and Barnaby Jones (Justin) is a pretty big Twitch user and live-streamed the show, which was a going away party for him as he is moving.  Censors starts at around 2:05, and Barnaby Jones starts around 2:55. Watch live video from HCJustin on www.twitch.tv Ever since I first saw Long Island hardcore band Barnaby Jones open for Bomb The Music Industry back in 2009 (fuck was that really 8 years ago now?) here […]

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Kill Your Idols, Violent Society Live In Philly (7/29/17)

2017 was one of the few years that I didn’t head to any day of the city of brotherly shove’s annual This Is Hardcore, but I did head to Underground Arts for the stacked after show featuring Kill Your Idols and Violent Society.  I love both of these bands and would easily go to a show featuring one of them, so having them both on the same bill just made me fucking ecstatic. I got to the smaller room at Underground Arts, and while not […]

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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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Congenital Death, Fissure, Goolagoon, Bandit, Disparo Live In Philly (5/25/17)

When I saw that a bunch of powerviolence/grindcore bands were coming through Philly on the way to Maryland Deathfest, I knew I had to go.  I headed out to Philly’s Black House, a tiny, intimate living room with the furniture upturned and got there right in time for openers Disparo.  The place had a small but decent sized crowd, and by the end of the show the place was beyond trashed (which I later learned it was the last show ever there since the residents […]

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RVIVR, Open City Live In Philly (5/22/17)

Last week, I headed to Philly’s weird/awesome art space PhilaMOCA to catch local hardcore supergroup Open City.  If you’ve never been to the PhilaMOCA before, it’s this really cool space that used to be a showroom for mausoleums that’s now been converted into room with a small stage that projects videos behind it.  If the show wasn’t sold out, it was damn well close to be as the small room was pretty packed. Open City: Comprised of Dan Yemin and Andy Nelson of Paint It […]

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Paint It Black, Praise, S-21 Live in Philly (4/20/17)

Man, it’s been way too long since Paint It Black has played a show in Philly.  Last time they played their hometown, it was nearly 3 years ago on Mischief Night (the night before Halloween for all my non-Jersey/Philly peeps) where they played a secret show under a bridge.  Philly was clearly antsy to see them again, as tickets sold out very quickly for their return to the church. I got to the incredibly hot and packed First Unitarian Church, and unfortunately I missed Soul […]

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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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Western Addiction – Tremulous

I’ve been a fan of San Francisco’s Western Addiction ever since they first released their 2003 debut Cognicide, and while they’ve released two 7-inches since, I’ve have been anxiously waiting for their next full length.  Finally nearly 12 goddamn years later, Western Addiction is back with their 80s hardcore influenced punk rock sophomore release Tremulous. From the second album opener “Clatter and Hiss” starts, you know exactly what you’re in for… no bullshit, no frills melodic hardcore.  There isn’t a single bad track on the […]

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