Sticks and Stones Live In Asbury Park NJ (11/8/17)

New Brunswick, New Jersey’s recently reunited Sticks and Stones isn’t very well known outside of the Garden State, but chances are you’ve heard references, influences, or songs by the band even though they’ve been broken up since the 90s.  Vocalist Pete Ventanonio went on to form the World Inferno Friendship Society under the moniker Jack Terricloth, Lifetime has a song called “Yeems song for Nothing” (a reference to their “Theme Song For Nothing”), and The Bouncing Souls not only have a song written about their […]

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Punk Rock Bowling Day 1 – Live In Asbury (6/10/17)

On a hot June day, I headed out to Asbury Park, NJ to catch the east coast version of the infamous Vegas Punk bowling tournament at the Stone Pony outdoor summer stage.  Sad to say (just like last year) that there isn’t any actual bowling that takes place anymore, there are a fuck ton of good bands for the two days.  Like, a ridiculously stacked lineup… and while I think Sunday had the stronger lineup overall, there was no way I was going to miss […]

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Dave Franklin vocalist of NJ hardcore band Vision has passed away.

Fuck.  I was hoping to make a post tonight about my top 10 albums of 2016, but instead am reporting on some incredibly depressing news.  According to Not Like You Records, Dave Franklin of NJ hardcore band Vision has passed away. Growing up in NJ, Vision was incredibly influential to hardcore there, and to me as well.  I’ve been listening to them since I was in high school, and always played them whenever I needed a heavy dose of positivity to this day.  One of […]

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

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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Bouncing Souls, World Inferno Friendship Society, Miss TK, and The Low Budgets Live In NJ (12/26/15)

I’ve been going to The Bouncing Souls Home For The Holidays since the band started the Asbury Park tradition back in 2007.  This year, I decided to go on Saturday due to the fact that both the World Inferno Friendship Society and The Low Budgets were playing it.   I got to the Stone Pony right as The Low Budgets took the stage. The Low Budgets: Viva valu-rock!  I’ve loved Philadelphia’s Low Budgets from the moment I saw them live back in 2003 with their goofy […]

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Mustard Plug, Backyard Super Heroes, Teenage Halloween Live In NJ (11/14/15)

I’ll admit it, it’s the year 2015 and I still shamelessly love ska and especially Mustard Plug.  So much in fact, that I travelled 3 hours round trip to Brighton Bar, a small dive out in Long Branch NJ in order to get my skanking on since Mustard Plug was skipping over Philadelphia for some reason. My girlfriend and I got there right as locals Teenage Halloween were setting up, and the place was decently packed for being an 18+ ska show. Teenage Halloween: I’ve […]

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Hub City Stompers – Life After Death (For fans of The Slackers, The Toasters, King Django)

New Jersey hooligan “ska for people who hate ska” Hub City Stompers are finally back with their latest album Life After Death and let me just say I’ve been waiting for years ever since I’ve heard some of these songs played live (shit, they’ve been doing “Pants Music” since at least 2009). For those who don’t know HCS plays ska infused with punk, oi, and hardcore sounding what The Slackers or The Specials might sound like if they listened to more Sham 69 and Cock […]

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Bouncing Souls, Andrew Jackson Jihad Live In New Jersey (7/17/15)

I don’t head out to NJ’s Starland Ballroom very often anymore, it’s a bit of a ride and a bigger venue.  But I’ll make an exception for those fucking New Jersey mooches The Bouncing Souls.  When I first bought tickets to the show when it was announced, I was thrilled as a NJ born and bred punk kid, they’ve been my favorite band for many years now. But when The Bouncing Souls announced that they were playing How I Spent My Summer Vacation in it’s […]

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Bigwig, Small Talk Live In NJ (4/17/15)

Growing up in NJ, I’m not sure how I never made it to New Brunswick’s Court Tavern, especially considering bands I love play their all time.  It only seemed appropriate then that my first Court Tavern show would be to go see NJ’s own Bigwig. I just saw Bigwig last month at NateFest for the first time (finally,  after them being one of my favorite bands for the past 15 years) but to see them play their own headlining show?  There was no way I […]

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NateFest Day 1: Kill Your Idols, Bigwig, Grade, None More Black Live In NJ (3/21/15)

Every now and then, something will happen in the punk and hardcore community that just reminds me what I love so much about it.  This past Saturday was an excellent example of that.  When Nate Gluck from NJ’s Ensign was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, a bunch of bands and friends decided to throw him a huge benefit show to help pay the cost of the treatment.  The fest (dubbed NateFest) was to take course over two days at GameChanger World in Howell, NJ […]

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