Youth Of Today Live In Philly (8/4/16)

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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 Menzingers Live In Philadelphia (10/23/15)

The Menzingers certainly have exploded over the years, long gone are the days of catching them in a South Philly basement as proven by the 2 night nearly sold out back to back shows they had over at Union Transfer.  I headed over to Union Transfer right after MeWithoutYou finished their set. A decent amount of people bounced after MeWithoutYou, but plenty stuck around for the mid-tempo punk of The Menzingers.  Taking the stage and opening with “Good Times” off On The Impossible Past, the […]

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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Live In Philadelphia (7/13/15)

Boston’s Mighty Mighty Bosstones are one of those bands I’ve been listening to forever yet somehow never got a chance to see live.  Let’s Face It was my first ska album when I was just in middle school, and I played the shit out of it.  When I saw they were finally coming to Philadelphia, I bought tickets the minute they went on sale. This past Monday night my girlfriend and I made our way to Philly’s Union Transfer.  I was hoping to catch openers […]

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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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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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Cock Sparrer, H2O Live In Philly (11/28/14)

This past Friday, I headed out to Philadelphia’s Union Transfer to catch legendary UK oi punk band Cock Sparrer grace Philadelphia for the 2nd time ever in their long career.  The venue sold out relatively quickly once the show was announced, and with a pretty diverse punk lineup, there was a nice mix of spiky jackets, skins in polo, hardcore kids, and older punks who were listening to Cock Sparrer when they first came out back in the 70s.  I missed The Casualties but got […]

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The Buzzcocks, Night Birds Live In Philadelphia (9/5/14)

A few weeks back, my friend texted me and asked “are you going to see The Buzzcocks tonight?!”  I forgot that I completely wrote that show off because I had to leave town for a wedding, but realized last minute I was able to do both.  Hell yeah. I headed to Philly’s Union Transfer, which is my favorite of the larger venues here, and got there a few songs in for NJ/Brooklyn’s Night Birds. Night Birds: I’ve seen Night Birds a handful of times beforehand, […]

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World Inferno Friendship Society Live In Philadelphia (12/20/13)

I headed out to Philadelphia’s Union Transfer on this unseasonably warm past past Friday night to catch my favorite cabaret waltz punks, The World Inferno Friendship Society.  I entered right during the last song of O’Death, which had a bunch of people dancing.  The place itself wasn’t sold out, so there was plenty of room for dancing once World Inferno took the stage.  I’ve noticed that ever since The Anarchy And The Ecstasy was released, it seems like a lot of the older World Inferno fans […]

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Saves The Day Live In Philadelphia (9/27/13)

It’s impossible to grow up in New Jersey in the late 90s, be into melodic hardcore, and not listen to Saves The Day.  Sure, I don’t know anything by them after Can’t Slow Down and Through Being Cool, but I am still always stoked to see them just to be able to rock out to those few old songs.  So when I saw they were playing Philly’s Union Transfer on Friday night, I was one hundred percent in. I was still hurting from the secret […]

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Black Flag Live In Philadelphia (6/17/2013)

This past Monday I celebrated my birthday, and while I was skeptical, I figured there was no way I could in good punk rock conscience possibly miss Greg Ginn and Ron Reyes version of Black Flag play Philly’s Union Transfer. The show was completely sold out, but since there were a lot of old heads who mostly wanted to stand in the back, there was actually a decent amount of room on the floor. Good For You: First up was Greg Ginn’s and skateboarder Mike […]

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