The Top 10 Punk Albums of 2016

Ahhh 2016, collectively the shit stain year of the decade.  Admittedly, I haven’t had a chance to post many reviews as I’ve been busy/concussed (forced to limit screen time) so I didn’t post anywhere near as much as I would have liked, including for many of the albums in my top 10.   Nonetheless, I’ve been putting this off long enough, but here’s my top 10 albums of 2016.  So without further ado: 10. Dark Thoughts – Self Titled I’ve said before how these guys are […]

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Dag Nasty, Loud Boyz Live In Philadelphia (12/30/16)

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In case you haven’t heard, 80s DC melodic hardcore band Dag Nasty has reunited with all of the original members from when the band first started, and released a 7-inch in 2016.  On the night before New Year’s Eve, I headed to Philadelphia’s TLA in order to catch Dag Nasty once again after seeing them previously over the summer in Asbury Park, and to catch openers Loud Boyz. I completely missed the first band Sketchy, because honestly I didn’t even know there was another opening […]

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Dangers, Kids Live In Philadelphia (12/27/16)

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Dangers is one of the best hardcore bands around, period.  Touring in support of their new album The Bend In The Break, on Wednesday I had the chance to see them again over at Philadelphia’s First Unitarian Church basement.  In the past, I’ve only seen these Los Angeles punks play Philly’s now defunct Golden Tea House, but to make it feel more like a house show the bands all played the floor of the church instead of on the stage.  I missed local Philly openers […]

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Happy Holidays, Ya Bastard (A Christmas Punk Mix)

It’s that time of year again where we are nearing the annual shopping deadline… err I mean special holiday season for you to get together with your family and loved ones around the dinner table, enjoy each other’s company, and fight about Donald Trump until you storm off and swear you aren’t ever talking politics with your family again (well, at least until you see them again next year). I’m sure you’re sick of the 3 Christmas songs that are on rotation, so here’s some […]

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The Bouncing Souls, Off With Their Heads Live In Philadelphia (12/10/16)

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Ever since they started the tradition, I’ve attended The Bouncing Souls Home For The Holidays, their annual Christmas shows in Asbury Park NJ for almost a decade now.  I grew up in NJ my entire life, and seeing the band in Asbury was always pretty special to me since it was the first place I ever saw them back when they played Skate and Surf YEARS ago.  With last years announcement that it would be their final show, I was worried I would be Soul-less […]

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MxPx Live in Philadelphia (12/2/16)

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Every punk fan has their gateway band that really introduced them and made them fall in love with the genre.  Unless you came out of the womb with a mohawk yelling oi with a Crass patch pinned to your diaper, odds are your first exposure was a pop-punk or skate punk band.  For me, that band was MxPx… their songs about growing up were one of the ways I got through my early teenage years.  18 years ago, it was nearly impossible to find me […]

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H2O, Vision Live In Philadelphia (11/20/16)

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Being a hardcore fan growing up in NJ, Vision has been one of my staples for years now.  While they never broke up or anything, shows from them these days are very occasional, and I missed them the last time they were in town over the summer.  When I saw that they were playing at Underground Arts, I knew I had to go.  When I saw that they were opening for fucking H2O who was celebrating their 20 year anniversary by playing their Self Titled […]

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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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