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

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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Token Entry Live In Philly (7/24/16)

Token Entry is one of the most influential hardcore bands that you might have never heard of.  Hailing from NYC back in the 80s, they helped shape the hardcore scene in New York, influencing bands like H2O and even giving Gorilla Biscuits (still unnamed at the time) their first gig.  Hell, even The Bouncing Souls named their record label after lead singer Timmy Chunks. Token Entry doesn’t really play much anymore besides the very occasional reunion show (I got to see them a few years […]

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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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Napalm Death, The Melvins, Melt Banana Live In Philly (4/13/16)

This past Wednesday, I headed to Philadelphia’s sold out Underground Arts in order to catch a stacked lineup of Melt Banana, The Melvins, and England’s Napalm Death.  Definitely a diverse lineup,tThe place was pretty packed out from the moment I arrived right as Melt Banana were setting up. Melt Banana Japanese experimental noise punk band Melt Banana have easily been on of my favorite bands for many years now.  I’ve had the pleasure of catching them as a full band plenty of times in the […]

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Fenix TX and Suck Brick Kid Live In Philly (3/31/16)

Last week, I headed to Philly’s Underground Arts to catch one of the first bands I ever saw way back in the day, Fenix TX as they supported Unwritten Law on their tour.  I was surprised by how much of a turnout there were for these bands, especially considering the last time Fenix TX released any music was 15 years ago. I missed the local opener but got there in time for Orlando’s Suck Brick Kid. Suck Brick Kid: Orlando’s Suck Brick Kid took the […]

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American Nightmare Live In Philly (3/4/15)

Boston’s American Nightmare have been one of my favorite hardcore bands since I was an angsty 18 year old in 2003, and I find myself listening to their albums and EPs pretty regularly even 13 years later as an angsty 30 year old.  Their music got me through a lot of shit, and the first time I saw them over a decade ago with Hope Conspiracy still remains one of my most memorable show experiences ever.  On a cool Friday night, I headed to Philly’s […]

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The Slackers, The Snails live in Philly (12/11/15)

This past Friday, I headed to Philly’s Underground Arts in order to catch New York ska band The Slackers.  I’ve caught The Slackers a few times over the years, and one thing that always impressed me was the large and diverse crowd that always comes out to catch them, and Friday night was no different. I walked down the steps into Underground Arts and arrived into a pretty full room decked out in holiday décor.  I got there right in the middle of openers The […]

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Jeff Rosenstock, Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room Live In Philly (7/29/15)

This past Wednesday after finishing up a soccer game, I rushed out to Philly’s Underground Arts in order to catch Jeff Rosenstock’s tour.  I’ve never been to Underground Arts before, but it was a pretty tight spot, with a bar and stage in one room, and a bigger stage in the other.  The show was played in the bigger room and the place was pretty packed by the time I got there for Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room. Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room: […]

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