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


Photo By 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

Direct Hit Wasted Mind Cover

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


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)

youth of today flier

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)


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)


  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

Erik Petersen

  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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Leftover Crack, Days N Daze Live In Philly (6/15/16)

You know what’s a beautiful thing?  The fact that it’s 2016 and Leftover Crack can still pack a show on a random Wednesday night.  A few weeks back I headed to Philly’s Underground Arts to catch the crack steady rockers, and got there about halfway through Days N Daze set. Days N Daze: I’ve never seen or heard of Houston’s Days N Daze before, but armed with horns, banjos, guitars, and an array of percussion instruments, these guys and gals played a style that was […]

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The Virus, Blanks 77, PEARS Live In Asbury Park (6/11/16)

After Punk Rock Bowling in Asbury Park NJ, I headed to straight to The Wonder Bar for the sold out after show featuring PEARS, Blanks 77, and The Virus.  I made sure to get there early as a line started to form as soon as I got to the dive bar.  Even though the show was technically sold out, the bar never really reached anywhere near capacity.  I don’t know if it was due to the oh so punk “No Studded Jackets!” sign at the […]

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