Album Review 

Tsunami Bomb “The Spine That Binds” Album Review

The time has finally come. Tsunami Bomb’s first studio release in fifteen years has released today. For an early self-admittance, I didn’t get into the band’s music until years after they had broken up in 2004. I know, because I remember staying back in the stands of Peoria Sports Complex, for Warped Tour 2003, when a high school friend tried to get me to watch them. I have course corrected in that time, digging into their catalog and making amends. It helped that they compiled some of their greatest hits…

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Concerts 

Putting the Politics In Punk

I’ve seen it mentioned that with the current political climate, starting from 2016’s election, it would bring on a new generation of great political punk. However, I’ve always felt that was a misnomer. Punk bands have continued to rail against the political parties and policies. It is part of what is rooted in the beginnings of the genre and continues to permeate the songs from many punk bands to this day. It is scarier that songs from the infancy of the genre stand pretty accurate to modern day politics. That…

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Concerts 

I Know You Well

Co-headlining tours are becoming more frequent with time. It is two large or popular bands coming together, alternating headliner spot each night. These tours are, most of the time, of the same genre and fan bases. Though one outlier comes to mind when Anti-Flag and Reel Big Fish teamed up. However, even in that case it brought a killer show and introduced me to Pkew Pkew Pkew. So when it was announced Face to Face and Lagwagon were doing this thing, I was ecstatic. Of course, even with two known…

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Concerts To Consoles 

Concerts To Consoles: Episode 32 – Manoz Zuziaz

This episode brings by the punks of Manoz Zuziaz to tackle the caveman competitions of Caveman Games on the NES. Watch was we chat about the band’s beginning, Chelsea’s past and current music projects, and try to get Jaime’s favorite non-DIY venue out of him.

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Concerts 

Reunited and It Feels So Good

If you’re lucky, sometimes things come together in a perfect way. Perhaps it is just that right sound with a band out of the gate. Maybe it is getting to see your favorite band reunite in original form. In the case of this night’s show, it was three former U.S. Bombs members coming together once again with a new band, the United X Bombs. Before and after them on this night joined the Venomous Pinks and the Vulturas, out of California, to mark the occasion. The new look Venomous Pinks…

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Concerts 

Down In The Underground

Sometimes you just got to power through the pain for things you love. That applies to this night’s show in two ways. First, I was two days removed from spraining my knee in the pit at Agent Orange. However, I’d been looking forward to seeing friends in the Bombpops and these three bands together for about two months. I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to be there even if I had to wear a compression brace to be able stand for it. Second, it was the Nile Underground. If…

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Concerts To Consoles 

Concerts To Consoles: Episode 31 – Theron Turner and Chris Parker

Theron and Chris from our local hardcore band, The Dead Beat Hymns, join me on the latest Concerts To Consoles. This episode we tackle Scott Pilgrim Vs the World on the Playstation 3. The conversation talks their music beginnings, the band, and a bit of comic book talk.

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Concerts 

Long Time Anticipation

There are bands that when they come to town, it makes for a night to not miss. Perhaps it is because they are your favorite band. Perhaps it is the time passed since they last visited. It might be they put one magical performance every single time. In the case of this pair of bands, it is the latter two. It has been a big gap for The Avengers and Stiff Little Finger’s last visit, as a full band, to Phoenix. Up first were the Bay Area punk rockers, The…

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Concerts To Consoles 

Concerts To Consoles: Episode 30 – Harry Jerkface

The man most know as Harry Jerkface jumps on for the challenge into one of the harder games to appear on Concerts to Consoles, T&C Surf Design on the NES. Learn about his deep music past all the way back to the islands of Hawaii to city of L.A. and the desert of Phoenix!

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Concerts To Consoles: Episode 29 – TJ Friga

Add another fun episode to the books as TJ Friga, of Playboy Manbaby​ and Instructions​, joins me on this latest episode for Streets of Rogue’s quirky and humorous rogue-like gameplay. Conversations delve into his long music history, how he came to be in both bands, teaching School of Rock, touring, Earthbound, and plenty more.  Now up on YouTube and in audio only form on podcast services!  

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