Melt Banana Live In Philadelphia (5/22/15)

Melt Banana is one of my favorite bands around, and this experimental Japanese noise-punk band puts on one of the craziest live shows out there.  I missed them last time they came around supporting their latest full length Fetch due to them opening for a bigger band that sold out ridiculously quick, but I made sure to grab tickets immediately so I wouldn’t miss them again. I headed out to the sold out upstairs small stage of Johnny Brenda’s right as Melt Banana was setting […]

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The Dead Milkmen Play An Acoustic Library Show In Philadelphia (5/3/15)

I’ve been to a lot of shows in my life, and I’ve seen the Dead Milkmen a handful of times, from playing a free park show to playing a memorial tribute.  Sunday’s show was by far one of the strangest shows I’ve ever been to in general. It was announced that The Dead Milkmen would be playing a free show in Philadelphia’s Logan’s Circle sponsored by the Free Library of Philadelphia as part of a book signing and reading they were having of an author.  […]

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Bane, Backtrack Live In Philadelphia (4/23/15)

This past Thursday, I headed out to Philadelphia’s small bar Voltage Lounge to see one of my favorite hardcore bands of all time, Bane.  The place was decently packed when I got there, and I got there in time to catch Long Island hardcore dudes Backtrack. Backtrack: Backtrack is one of the bigger names in hardcore today, and it definitely showed once they took the stage.  A pit immediately broke out with people raging throughout the entirety of their set and didn’t let up.  7 […]

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The Suicide Machines, Break Anchor Live In Philadelphia (4/9/15)

“Yeeeah, weeell I can’t wait to tell you all about…” how this past Thursday I got to go to Philadelphia’s Union Transfer to catch ska-punk legends The Suicide Machines who are currently on tour playing their first album Destruction By Definition in entirety.  I know what some of you cynical punks are thinking: “great, another band reuniting to try and relive their glory days and make a quick buck.”  And to you I say lighten up, it was incredible. I got there a bit late […]

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The Queers, Richie Ramone Live In Philadelphia (3/26/15)

This past Thursday, I headed to Philly’s dive Kung Fu Necktie to catch Richie Ramone and The Queers.  The show was running really late, so I left for a bit and got there in time for Richie Ramone. Richie Ramone: For those who don’t know, Richie Ramone was the third drummer for The legendary Ramones during the 80s, playing on albums Too Tough To Die, Animal Boy, and Halfway To Sanity.  Besides being the only Ramones drummer credited to completely write songs, Richie also has […]

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Andrew Jackson Jihad, Smith Street Band, Jeff Rosenstock Live In Philadelphia (3/19/15)

This past Thursday, I headed out to Philadelphia’s Union Transfer to catch Jeff Rosenstock of Bomb The Music Industry/Arrogant Sons Of Bitches play a solo show supporting his new album We Cool? opening for Andrew Jackson Jihad.  I got to the venue right around the middle of first band Chumped playing and the place was decently packed for being so early. I’m not really all that familiar with Chumped besides the fact they are a female fronted pop-punk band out of Brooklyn.  I didn’t catch […]

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World Inferno Friendship Society Live In Philadelphia (3/6/15)

This past Saturday, I headed down to Philadelphia’s infamous First Unitarian Church basement to catch favorite gypsy cabaret punks The World Inferno Friendship Society. This was my first show back at the church basement since July when they stopped having as many shows there (for some sad reason, I love that place), and the first time I was seeing World Inferno at the church since 2011.  I’ve seen them a handful of times since then, but a church show is always special (especially considering last […]

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Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish Live In Philadelphia (1/24/15)

Ska shows are a rare beast these days in our modern world.  Even though I listen to ska regularly still and go to plenty of shows, long gone are the days of VFW Halls filled with kids decked out in chain wallets and checkerboard accessories, so you can imagine my surprise when I found out that Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish completely sold out the Electric Factory, one of Philadelphia’s larger venues. My girlfriend and I got to the Electric Factory a bit […]

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The Holy Mess, White Wives Live In Philadelphia (12/21/14)

Last night, I headed out to my current favorite spot for shows in Philadelphia, West Philly’s Golden Tea House to catch locals The Holy Mess.  I was running really late (I got in from NYC at 6am that morning after being out all night for a friend’s birthday, so I was moving in slow motion), but so was the show.  Not a bad turnout for a Sunday night, and the place was decently filled when I walked in during Timeshares last song. White Wives: I’ve […]

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Blanks 77 Live In Philadelphia (12/13/14)

This past Saturday on sort of a whimsical last minute decision, I headed out to Philadelphia dive bar Kung Fu Necktie to catch New Jersey pogo punk legends Blanks 77.  We were running late to this matinee (waking up in the evening will do that to you…), but got there right as Blanks 77 was soundchecking.  Seriously couldn’t have timed it better. The small room was pretty empty as Blanks 77 was sound checking, and while a few more filtered in, it was at less […]

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