Less Than Jake, Big D And The Kids Table, Mustard Plug Live In NJ (11/19/16)

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My ancestral homeland New Jersey, one of the few places in the US where ska is still big.  As has become an occasional tradition at this point (went back in 2008 and 2013), I headed out to a packed Starland Ballroom to see some of my favorite ska-punk bands around play “Skanksgiving”… because is it REALLY 3rd wave ska without a ska pun? I was pumped for the show as I’ve been listening to all these guys for nearly 18 years now, and it was […]

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Jeff Rosenstock Live In Philly (11/16/16)

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I’ve been a fan of Jeff Rosenstock’s bands now for well over a decade, seeing ASOB and BTMI plenty of times over the years, and so I always try to catch him whenever he comes to town. About a week and a half ago, I headed to Philadelphia’s infamous First Unitarian Church to see him tour in support his latest album Worry that was released on October 14th of this year (which I’ve listened to a bunch but still need to write a review when […]

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The Buzzcocks Live In Philly (9/30/16)

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Photo By Robman94 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Robman94) So over the past two months, I’ve been out of commission with a pretty sweet case of Post Concussive Syndrome, which not only has me have incredibly limited screen time (hence the lack of updates here), it also has had me miss plenty of shows since I’m struggling with being in areas with too much stimulation and what not.  However, there was no chance in hell that I was going miss The Buzzcocks when they came around Philly, concussion be damned. […]

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Direct Hit – Wasted Mind

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Milwaukee’s Direct Hit are back with their 1st Fat Wreck release and 3rd album Wasted Mind.  Like their sophomore Brainless God, Wasted Mind is a loosely themed pop-punk concept album, this time dealing with drugs, alcohol, and chemically altering the brain. Musically, this is Direct Hit’s poppiest and arguably most accessible album for a larger audience to date.  The songs are oozing with harmonies and catchy melodic hooks.  It’s incredibly solid pop-punk, and Direct Hit is one of the best pop-punk bands around these days, […]

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The Bouncing Souls – Simplicity

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The Bouncing Souls, those fucking New Jersey mooches are back with their 10th full length album Simplicity, and I’ve cautiously optimistic about this one for quite some time.  The Souls have been my favorite band since I was just an angst filled NJ teen many years ago, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’ve been disappointed into their descent to mellowness over the past few full length albums that started on The Gold Record and peaked with Ghosts On The Boardwalk.  Sure, […]

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

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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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Mean Jeans – Tight New Dimension (For fans of The Ramones, The Riverdales, The Queers)

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  Portland’s Mean Jeans are back, this time signed to Fat Wreck with their latest release Tight New Dimension.  I’ve been listening to it regularly for months now, and it’s some of the catchiest damn punk tunes I’ve heard from these guys. Known for their Ramones/Queers influenced punk rock with songs about partying, space, and other rad shit I was at first a little worried that they would try to change their sound up some now that they were signed to Fat to appeal to […]

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The Holy Mess, Direct Hit Live In Philly (7/8/16)

This past Friday I was faced with a bit of a dilemma, as there were two shows I wanted to see at the same time.  My beloved World Inferno Friendship Society was playing at Philly’s Trocadero, but Direct Hit and Philly locals Holy Mess were playing the more intimate coffee shop The Pharmacy.  I opted to go to The Pharmacy show for a few reasons… cheaper, wanted a smaller intimate show, but probably most importantly, potentially the last time I get to see The Holy […]

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R.I.P Erik Petersen of Mischief Brew

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  Awful news: It was reported that Philly’s own Erik Petersen, founder of the folk punk band Mischief Brew and The Orphans passed away Thursday night.  Details haven’t been released, but our hearts go out to all of Erik’s family, friends, and fans. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them live around Philly over the years and Songs From Under The Sink was easily one of my favorite folk punk albums around.  A toast to Erik and Mischief Brew, anyone who likes folk punk should […]

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