FESTIVAL REVIEW: Punk Rock Bowling 2024 – Live at Downtown Las Vegas Event Center


 

For the 24th time, punk rock bowlers gathered to share their love of music and heavy rolling balls. This year was my first time at Punk Rock Bowling, and there was so much going on it was all a little overwhelming, but in the best possible way.Continue reading


Punk Rock Bowling 2024 Books Madness, Devo, Descendents, Gorilla Biscuits, Bratmobile, Scowl, Gogol Bordello, Quicksand, Rocket From The Crypt, The Chats, Madball, and More


Gearing up for its 24th year, Punk Rock Bowling has announced a positively stacked lineup this year! Headliners this year include 2-Tone legends Madness, Devo, and the Descendents!  The lineup also includes Gorilla Biscuits, Bratmobile, Scowl, Gogol Bordello, Quicksand, Rocket From The Crypt, The Chats, Madball, Billy Bragg, Stiff Little Fingers, Subhumans, Scowl, 7Seconds, Catbite, Bratmobile, Cosmic Psychos, Lagwagon, and many more! See the post and the full lineup below. Teaser video and tickets on sale there as well!  Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Skindred – Smile


 

Beloved Newport, UK quartet Skindred have returned to show off more of their eclectic musical expertise with their new album Smile (Earache Records).  The album title was inspired by the reactions the band has received from large and small crowds alike throughout their career in live performances.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Russkaja – Turbo Polka Party


 

Turn up for what? Turn up for a Turbo Polka Party! That’s right, it’s time to get this party started with the newest dance-worthy, head-bopping, ska-laden, metal riffage of Russkaja and Turbo Polka Party (Napalm Records). Russkaja is famous for blending ska, punk, and reggae to create a unique and fun sound. This new offering is a straight-up craic! 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Less Than Jake – Silver Livings Deluxe Re-Issue


 

If you ask a fan of ska to name three pioneering acts, you’ll likely find a lot of people answering with Reel Big Fish, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (RIP) and Less Than Jake. And for good reason. The staying power of the three legendary bands speaks for themselves; Reel Big Fish formed in 1991, the Bosstones were around as early as the mid-1980s, and Less Than Jake first surfaced thirty years ago. 

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Interrupters – In The Wild


It’s easy to forget how courageous and inspiring it is to lay all your cards on the table, especially as an artist in the public eye. To the layperson, it might feel uncomfortable if a few friends or family members find something out about them that’s personal or revealingContinue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: 8 Kalacas – Fronteras


From the opening shred and bombastic drumming, the listener knows 8 Kalacas’ Fronteras (Atomic Fire Records) is going to be epic. If you aren’t familiar with the 8 Kalacas, be prepared. It’s not straight up punk or metal. The songs veer stunningly off the tracks with the insertion of a ska sound that immediately puts one in the mind of the old Batman and Robin television series with Adam West and Burt Ward. The album is frenetic, wild, and just plain fun! Fronteras is part ska, part punk, part metal, part schlock, and all amazing. If you are a fan of Russkaja, then 8 Kalacas is your band. It’s like that, but in Spanish. 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Billy Talent – Crisis of Faith


If a change is as good as a rest, is a rest as good as a change? It has been over five years since the undistinguished Afraid of Heights (Warner Music) and over two years since the first single from this album, ‘Forgiveness I + II’. While delays could be justifiable and chalked up to the pandemic, the question is, on their sixth album and first for Spinefarm, are Canadian punk troupe Billy Talent facing their own Crisis of Faith and confidence?

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ALBUM REVIEW: (HED) P.E. – Class of 2020


(HED) P.E. releases a solidly decent album with Class of 2020 (Suburban Noize Records). The band, hailing from Southern California, truly embodies the eclectic skater vibe of the area. The album is a mix of rock, funk, and rap. Jared Gomes, Jeremiah Stratton, Kurt Blankenship, DJ Blackard, and Chad Benekos are a tight outfit, and Class of 2020 has no wasted riffage. 

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The Dirty Heads – 311 – The Interrupters – Bikini Trill – Dreamers: Live at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion


Pop, Punk Rock, Ska, and… Hip-Hop?! Alright, I’m in! Gilford, New Hampshire was host to what is probably the most fun-loving tour of the summer, the co-headlining tour of California’s The Dirty Heads and Nebraska’s own 311, along with The Interrupters, Bikini Trill, and Dreamers.Continue reading