Swingin Utters Live In Philly (11/10/17)

Damn…I’m a bit late on this, but I wanted to post about it anyway so fuck it.  A few weeks back I headed to Philly’s center city bar Milkboy in order to catch San Francisco punk veterans Swingin Utters. Even though it was a Friday night, I wasn’t really sure what to expect in terms of crowd size, as last time I caught them not many people seemed to really know them during the Fat Wreck anniversary tour a few years back.  Add the fact […]

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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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PEARS/Direct Hit – Human Movement

Fuck you! Get pumped!  Milwaukee based pop-punk dudes Direct Hit recently teamed up with New Orleans melodic hardcore punks PEARS to release Human Movement, a split just released earlier last week on Fat Wreck.  Any reader of this site knows I’m a pretty big fan of both of these bands, with PEARS being one of my favorite and most played bands, so I was really stoked to be hearing this one. Consisting of 6 songs from each band (with one of them being a cover […]

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Propagandhi, Iron Chic Live In Philly (10/18/17)

Fun fact: when I was just a pissed off youth in early high school right around when Today’s Empire, Tomorrow’s Ashes came out in 2001, I wrote to Propagandhi asking them to please come play a show in the northeast US, to which they essentially said that one of these days, they will.  It wasn’t until 8 years later, when the band was touring on the release of Supporting Caste that I finally got to see them.  I literally snuck out of work, walked over […]

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Propagandhi – Victory Lap

If I had to name the most anticipated album release of 2017, for me it was without a doubt Propagandhi’s Victory Lap.  These Canadian punks have been one of my favorite and personally influential bands since I started listening to them during my early punk days many moons ago when I was a teenager.  With the insane political climate of the world, the album could not have dropped at a more appropriate time. From their earlier skate punk days of How To Clean Everything and […]

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Teenage Bottlerocket – Stealing The Covers

Unless your name is Me First And The Gimme Gimmes* I’m incredibly skeptical of any album consisting completely of punk covers.  It always seems like a cop-out or a cash grab.  So even though I’m a pretty big Teenage Bottlerocket fan, when I first heard about the Wyoming punks releasing Stealing The Covers on Fat Wreck, I wasn’t exactly expecting much.  I was pleasantly surprised though, as I find myself thoroughly enjoying the album and listening to it all the damn time. A few things separate […]

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Good Riddance/Kill Your Idols Split

I was fucking around on my guitar for the first time in months, trying to play some Kill Your Idols (did I mention how terrible I am at guitar?) when I kept defaulting to their song “I Told You So.”  Since I’ve been on such a huge kick of their split with Good Riddance lately, I decided I should post about it even though it’s old as shit (released back in 2001), but maybe some of you haven’t heard it or forgot about it. Two […]

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Die Choking, Eaten Alive, Mister Lizard, Bathe, Ratkicker Live In Philly (8/10/17)

A few weeks ago, I headed out to Philly’s intimate dive The Barbary to catch Ratkicker who was opening for Die Choking with a pretty stacked lineup.  It’s been about 3 years since I’ve seen these Philly punks, and since they were up first I made sure to get there nice and early. Ratkicker: It’s a pretty rare occurrence for Ratkicker to play a show, but I listen to their debut Fuck Off Thank You pretty damn regularly.  Playing aggressive nihilistic punk/hardcore with tinges of […]

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Barnaby Jones, Censors Live In Long Island (8/19/17)

So quick note before I start the post: the guitarist of Censors and Barnaby Jones (Justin) is a pretty big Twitch user and live-streamed the show, which was a going away party for him as he is moving.  Censors starts at around 2:05, and Barnaby Jones starts around 2:55. Watch live video from HCJustin on www.twitch.tv Ever since I first saw Long Island hardcore band Barnaby Jones open for Bomb The Music Industry back in 2009 (fuck was that really 8 years ago now?) here […]

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Kill Your Idols, Violent Society Live In Philly (7/29/17)

2017 was one of the few years that I didn’t head to any day of the city of brotherly shove’s annual This Is Hardcore, but I did head to Underground Arts for the stacked after show featuring Kill Your Idols and Violent Society.  I love both of these bands and would easily go to a show featuring one of them, so having them both on the same bill just made me fucking ecstatic. I got to the smaller room at Underground Arts, and while not […]

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