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Interview with Blag Dhalia from The Dwarves; New record coming on Recess Records @thedwarvesband @recessrecords

Ahh The Dwarves! I don’t suppose there is too much I can say about The Dwarves that hasn’t already been said and committed to legend during their near 30 year tenure as a band. Their subject matter is lurid, their performances are bedlam, and their attitude is one of the most pure and unadulterated in […]

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PILFERS playing @GRAMERCYTHEATRE on 1/19/14 – WIN TIX with LIVE HIGH FIVE! @PilfersNYC #NYC #SKA

The always incredible, OG lineup of NYC Ska Legends PILFERS are back in the saddle and primed to rock New York City on January 19th at one of the best venues in the Big Apple, Gramercy Theatre! Metro Stylee, The Big Takeover, and Mark U round out the bill! As a long-time fan of the band, […]

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THE VENETIA FAIR “…BASICALLY JUST DOES KARAOKE” drops 12/24/13 @thevenetiafair @switchbitchrecs

BOSTON, MA – Boston-based rock band The Venetia Fair has officially announced the release of their highly anticipated cover EP, “The Venetia Fair…Basically Just Does Karaoke”, which will hit digital retail platforms on December 24th, 2013. Plans for this EP stem back to the band’s extremely successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012 which funded their acclaimed […]

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PERFECT PUSSY signs to Captured Tracks; On tour NOW across the US! #SYRACUSE #NOISE #PUNK @capturedtracks

PERFECT PUSSY Photo Credit: Ben Cleeton Perfect Pussy have just announced their recent signing to Brooklyn indie tastemaker label Captured Tracks. One of the most fearless and intriguing projects to surface in recent years, the band garnered widespread critical acclaim following the release of a four song EP, titled I have lost all desire for feeling, […]

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Interview with Dennis Lyxzen from INVSN (Refused); On Tour NOW! @invsnmusic @razorandtie

Umea, Sweden’s INVSN (pronounced Invasion) is a 5-piece group consisting off some of the most influential and recognizable names in the Swedish music industry. Some of us over here in the states may recognize them as well? Ever heard of Refused? The Doughnuts? Lykke Li or The (International) Noise Conspiracy, perhaps? Regardless of the members’ […]

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Interview with Joel Grind from Toxic Holocaust; Chemistry of Consciousness out NOW @TOXICHOLOCAUST @RELAPSERECORDS

Portland, Oregon. While it probably reminds some of hi-end coffee shops, hippie-hipsters, and legal weed, my main interest in the state comes by way of a qualtity little trio called Toxic Holocaust. Consisting of Joel Grind, Nicholas T. Rage, and Phil Gnaast, these thrash-punk-metal warriors have been decimating audiences and eardrums since 1999 with so […]

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Interview with Mike and Mr. Chark from THE VENETIA FAIR; On tour NOW! @thevenetiafair @switchbitchrecs

“Hide yo’ kids. Hide yo’ wife.” The Venetia Fair are back on tour. I wonder how long it’ll be before the Massachusetts quintet catches something, crashes something, or otherwise makes a mockery of all that us “normal” people find sacred. Only one day into tour, and I’ll betcha they’ve managed to get ousted from a […]

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EAST COAST TSUNAMI 2013 starts tonight; Full lineup below. #hardcore #punk @ectsunami

A riot is making it’s way to Reading, Pennsylvania today as this year’s installment of EAST COAST TSUNAMI FEST begins! Club Reverb is going to shake to the core for 72 hours, so don’t miss out!!!

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Drummer Spotlight with Ryland Steen from @ReelBigFish @dwdrums @sabianvault #drummers

What’s the difference between a drummer and a savings bond? One will mature and make money. Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXIST.  Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ butts shaking, and ultimately determine whether or […]

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Interview with Jake Bushnell from HB Surround Sound @hbsurroundsound

Huntington Beach, California quintet HB Surround Sound are currently on a run opening up for Sublime with Rome, Pennywise, The Descendents, and Julian Marley… Not a bad gig for a band that is only 2.5 years old! With a wide range of influences and a genre-bending style, the group fuse some of the finer elements […]

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Interview with The Drama State; Playing #Rochester TONIGHT (8/13) AT @BUGJARROCHESTER @thedramastate @streakerrecords

Gas City, Indiana 5-piece The Drama State are currently on the road and bringing their “Bro Big or Bro Home” tour (smh lol) to Upstate NY today. The pop-rock group will be performing TONIGHT, August 13th, at The Bug Jar in Rochester, NY, so if you can, go fill your gut with a garbage plate […]

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New 7 SECONDS song titled “My Aim Is You”; First in 8 YEARS!!! #punk

Hump Day? More like Punk Day! Be the first to hear the new 7 Seconds track, “My Aim Is You,” right NOW! 7 SECONDS Release First Song In Over 8 Years 7 Seconds has released their first new song in over 8 years.  Listen to it here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sKEWB8dE4w. “My Aim Is You” is an ode to […]

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Drummer Spotlight with Jim Margle from Counterpunch/W.A.T.U. #punk #ska #drummers

What is the difference between a drummer and a savings bond? 
 One will mature and make money. Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXIST.  Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ butts shaking, and ultimately determine […]

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Drummer Spotlight with Derek Davis from Big D and The Kids Table; On @VansWarpedTour NOW!

Why do guitarists put drumsticks on the dash of their car?
 So they can park in the handicapped spot. Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY FUCKING DON’T EXIST.  Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ butts shaking, and […]

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Drive By Interview with Dan and Gavin from Senses Fail @sensesfail #renacer

What’s going on everybody? Once again, this is Greg Allis with Live High Five and we are here in Syracuse, NY where Senses Fail is doing a headlining performance in support of their new album, Renacer. There was a bit of a credential snafu this afternoon, and that happens sometimes. Credential snafus take up time, […]

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Drummer Spotlight with James Blanck (Pilfers); Playing #APPLESTOMP 5/31 @asbestosrecords @irvingplaza

What do you call a beautiful woman on a drummer’s arm? 
 A tattoo. Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXIST.  Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ butts shaking, and ultimately determine whether or not the band […]

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Interview with Jimmy Doyle from THE FAD; Playing #APPLESTOMP @IRVINGPLAZA @ASBESTOSRECORDS

Long Island NY’s The Fad was one of the most fun bands I ever saw in the mid-2000’s. With a lightning quick attack and a ridiculously high stage energy, 4-piece punk-ska band tore through sets in some of the stickiest, grossest rooms I have ever had the pleasure of entering. You know you had fun […]

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Interview with Trever Keith from FACE TO FACE; New album out and touring right now! @riserecords @facetofacemusic

Long-running punk rock favorites Face To Face are living the dream and keeping the spirit of punk rock alive with a new album, Three Chords and A Half Truth. The Southern California rockers’ 20+ years as a band hasn’t diminished the passion or drive for their music one bit, and they keep churning out great […]

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Interview with Dan Potthast from MU330; Playing #APPLESTOMP @irvingplaza @asbestosrecords

St. Louis, Missouri’s quintet MU330 is playing Apple Stomp on June 1st at Irving Plaza in New York City. AWESOME!!! Am I alone when I say I’ve never had the privilege of checking them out live before? Though primary songwriter and lyricist Dan Potthast has remained very active in the independent music scene, MU330’s absence […]

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Album Review: Streetlight Manifesto “The Hands That Thieve,” out 4/30 on @victoryrecords

Streetlight Manifesto is dropping a new record… For real this time. It isn’t like the group ever had plans of not releasing their 5th album, The Hands That Thieve, but am I wrong when I say it seemed like the damn thing would never come out? 5 years? Yeesh! Anywho, after much anxiety and anticipation, […]

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Drummer Spotlight with Mike Costa from Bomb The Music Industry and Arrogant Sons of Bitches

What is the difference between a drummer and a savings bond? One will mature and make money. Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T FUCKING EXIST (with exception for The Beatles.)  Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ […]

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Free RANCID live download from 1995 on @punknews right now!

Here’s the link! Get to it. http://www.punknews.org/article/50817/media-rancid-releases-free-live-album

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Album Review for 96’s Hotfoot Record debut, “Caught In The Grips.”

“Gimme a muthafuckin’ Iced T! No ice!” North New Jersey hardcore group 96’s new album, “Caught in The Grips,” just dropped on Hotfoot Records, and if you’ve ever been able to relate with the opening sentence and like your music testy, this one is for you.

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Interview with Josh Sinder from THE INSURGENCE; New album Elimi-Nation out now on Innerstrength Records @theinsurgence

PUNK FUCKING ROCK! That’s what I’m talking about! Washington’s The Insurgence offer what every beaten down, worn out, angry-as-hell punker needs in their life: Blasting tempos, gruff vocals, and enough high-octane crunch to set any venue on fire. If the world was all roses, we’d have no need for such things, but it sort of […]

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Interview with Jonnie Baker from THE GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY! @GCBrock

The Groundbreaking Ceremony is a pop punk band, pure and simple. Pop punk dead? Never. There’ll always be kids getting into Punk via the newer, friendly style of bands, and Punk’s history is strong enough where, one would hope, these new fans will find inspiration and passion for the oft-maligned art form through these contemporary […]

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Interview with Jake from THE CASUALTIES (@thecasualties); Playing Rochester, NY on Saturday 10/6/12

New York City is one of the Mecca’s for hardcore punk. The fast pace and volatility of such a dense environment continues to provide a rich stomping ground for innumerable punk and hardcore acts. I mean, what better place to rebel than the greatest city in the world? That being said, it is of no […]

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Stream the new NOFX album “Self Entitled” right NOW***!

Old punk rock jerks who still think they can outrun their inevitable dependence on incontinence medication. NOFX rules, ***but you need Rdio and/or Spotify. Thanks to Punknews! http://www.punknews.org/article/48854/media-nofx-self-entitled  

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Propagandhi “Failed States” album stream!

Hey folks, If you need a bit of Canada’s finest screaming through your speakers today, you can stop looking. Go to Propagandhi’s Facebook page, “Like” it (you should’ve done this already,) and go to it! Happy Monday! https://www.facebook.com/Propagand

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Less Than Jake and Fear Nuttin Band in Hartford, Ct. 8/19/12

  The lovely and talented Pam Janutolo, along with ska record pressing maniac Matt Flood from Asbestos Records, made a trip to Hartford last weekend to catch a 4-way throw down at Comcast Center featuring Fear Nuttin Band, Less Than Jake, Pepper, and Sublime with Rome. While we couldn’t get full access to all the […]

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Reel Big Fish “Candy Coated Fury” Album Review

It’s the middle of summer and it seems that Reel Big Fish has come out with the perfect album for the season. Candy Coated Fury, RBF’s latest edition to their discography of fun-loving, sarcastic hits, is packed full of all the things that make us love them.  From their killer horn licks, snarky break-up songs, and […]

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Pilfers Interview with Coolie Ranx

I gotta say… It’ll be a cold day in Hell when I stop thinking about the insanity and amusement of my many experiences watching The Pilfers perform. Formed when members Coolie Ranx, Vinnie Nobile, James Blanck, Anna Milet-Meyer, and Nick Bacon left their spots in The Toasters, Bim Skala Bim, Skinnerbox, and The Erratics (respectively), […]

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Edna’s Goldfish Interview with Brian Diaz

Let it be well known that a band doesn’t have to be around very long to have a tremendous impact on their genre. From 1997-2000, Edna’s Goldfish set the Long Island Ska scene on fire with their infectiously poppy, ridiculously energetic live performances. Touring with many of the heavyweights of the genre, the group exploded […]

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Review: Hawthorne Heights “Hope” EP on Cardboard Empire Records

With their Hope EP, Hawthorne Heights return with the second installment in their alliteratively titled trilogy of EPs that began with 2011’s Hate, which the band is self-releasing on their Cardboard Empire label. With Hope, Hawthorne Heights uses their previous work as points of reference while continuing to refine their sound and expressing a more […]

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Municipal Waste Interview with Tony Foresta

I frickin’ love Municipal Waste! This is the second time I’ve interviewed these guys in about 3 months, and they haven’t left the road yet. Upon finishing up an opening slot for Gwar and taking a very brief time apart (so members could go on other tours with other bands), the group promptly found themselves […]

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Reel Big Fish Interview with Johnny Christmas and Derek Gibbs

The 3rd Wave of Ska Music came and went in a mighty rush. Due in large part to MTV and the formation of Warped Tour in 1995, Ska was thrust into a spotlight it had never before seen, and hasn’t seen since. It always intrigues me when I hear people say that they “used to […]

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Polar Bear Club Interview with Erik “Goose” Henning

Perhaps I missed the boat a bit, but Polar Bear Club seemed to go from regional punk act to international sensation virtually overnight. Looking further into it, the 5-piece from Rochester/Syracuse, NY have pounded pavement harder than some truck drivers, and continue to do so with their constant touring.

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“Respect the DJ” with JRRBLL from The Sound and The Fury

Radio is dying a slow, painful death. Though it may appear to be thriving, alive, and well, the new musical stratosphere has been blown wide open in terms of delivery, accessibility to content, and changing listening patterns by end users. There is no greater victim in this change than the modern radio DJ… The guy […]

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Miss May I Interview with Levi Benton

The new wave of American Hardcore and Metal… Sometimes I just don’t get it. Maybe I’m just aged out, but the whole tight pants, dyed black hair, whiny-singing-to-growled-vocal- changeup just isn’t really my bag. I always liked my Metal and Hardcore angry, and my Emo sad enough to slit a wrist. A lot of the […]

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Abject “Try Again!” – self release

Abject is NYHC through and through. After my fourth listen in an hour, I’m diggin’ this album a whole lot! Clocking in at just over 16 minutes, “Try Again!” is 9-tracks born of beer, barroom brawls, and George Carlin’s unique take on society. Politics be damned… This is music to get in a fight to […]

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The Aggrolites Interview with Roger Rivas

L.A. based The Aggrolites are hitting the Saranac Brewery opening for Slightly Stoopid in the coming months, and Ska/Reggae fans be damned if they miss it! A rare treat for Upstate NY, The Aggrolites plays a style of music they have dubbed “Dirty Reggae,” and the name fits like a glove.

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After The Fall Interview with Mike Moak

Albany, NY’s After The Fall have made quite a name for themselves over the years. With ripping fast tempos, super tight delivery, and intelligent, personalized lyrical content, the group has garnered lots of attention and a worldwide fan base. I was recently able to catch up with guitarist/singer Mike Moak, thanks in large part to […]

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