The Damned: Live at the Fillmore
Jun02

The Damned: Live at the Fillmore

The Damned, The BelRays, Electric Frankenstein Fillmore at Irving Plaza May 14, 2009 It’s sad to say, but the number of living legends from the early part of  punk history is dwindling rather quickly. With the death of three quarters of The Ramones, Joe Strummer, Arthur “Killer” Kane, and (most recently) Lux Interior, the need to see bands that are still alive (and killing it on stage) is a must. Luckily, the dark...

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South X Southwest 2009
May07

South X Southwest 2009

“You can hate a hammer but it’s a good tool,” said Pat Todd, owner of independent label Rankoutsider Records (and front man for Pat Todd and the Rankoutsiders) when asked about the good and bad of South by Southwest. I had no idea what to expect from SXSW – how would it compare to lame-o festivals like Lollapalooza, Warped Tour and CMJ? Why the hell am I, a person who suffers regular, frequently crippling, anxiety attacks willingly...

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Taste of Chaos Tour at Nokia Theater • 3/4/2009
Mar18

Taste of Chaos Tour at Nokia Theater • 3/4/2009

Taste of Chaos featuring Thursday, Bring Me the Horizon, Four Years Strong, Pierce the Veil Nokia Theater March 4, 2009 Check out the full photolog from the show on Flickr I’m not the biggest fan of package tours under banner names. Sure, I’ve been to everything from Ozzfest to Sno-core, but I always find myself lost in a sea of mediocre music played by fly-by-night bands. I didn’t know this was the Taste of Chaos...

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Street Dogs at Asbury Lanes • 3/14/2009
Mar18

Street Dogs at Asbury Lanes • 3/14/2009

Street Dogs and Swingin’ Utters Asbury Lanes, New Jersey March 14, 2008 Click here to see more photos from the show When the Dropkick Murphy’s first record “Do or Die” dropped in the mid-‘90s, it was met with a collective “ooh and ah” from punk fans bored of the overproduced Hot Topic crap being bandied about on MTV. The band eschewed the typical tough guy Oi mentality for working class punk rock that related as much to...

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Dropkick Murphys at Roseland • 3/7/2009
Mar17

Dropkick Murphys at Roseland • 3/7/2009

Dropkick Murphys, H2O, Civet Roseland Ballroom, New York March 7, 2009 St. Patrick’s Day is here, which means the Dropkick Murphys have to be close by. At least they were—a week ago. This is their second pass through the Big Apple, supporting their phenomenal record, “The Meanest of Times,” and this time, the Dropkicks brought a few friends. Members of Agnostic Front and Sick of it All mulled around back stage and long time...

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Detroit Cobras At The Music Mill
Dec23

Detroit Cobras At The Music Mill

Detroit Cobras, Those Young Lions, Little Boots and Drusilla Music Mill, Indianapolis, IN December 5, 2008 “Rock and roll is the best job of all time. You don’t get to call in sick.” – Mike Edison, author of I Have Fun Everywhere I Go Well, you do if you’re the Detroit Cobras, most recently evidenced by their first area show in several years. Strike that, the band was having fun but the singer wasn’t. How about calling in “I just...

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