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Anti-Flag – “American Spring”

Record Label: Spinefarm Records
Genre: Punk
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After a few years of touring, organizing movements, and being one of the most politically active bands in the world, fellow Pennsylvanians Anti-Flag set aside some time to record a new album chock full of political and social commentary.
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Monkey – “Bananarchy”

Record Label: Asian Man Records
Genre: Ska
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The San Francisco ska legends are back with their long-awaited follow up to 2009’s “Lost At Sea” and the title says it all…it’s bananas!
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“Hooligans United: A Tribute To Rancid”

Record Label: Hellcat Records/Smelvis Records
Genre: Ska/Punk/Other

So, where does one start with writing a review of one such album consisting of 54 Rancid cover songs of bands ranging from Anti-Flag to the Voodoo Glow Skulls? I thought about the many different directions that I wanted to take this. I could split it up into bands that I was familiar with and bands that I wasn’t, I could review each of the two discs separately, I could write about the best punk songs/ska songs/various genres separately, etc. or I could write 7056 paragraphs about each song individually. I decided that the best way to go about this review is to just ramble on about it aimlessly for a dozen paragraphs or so…just like every other review that I do!
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The Bastard Suns @ The Hard Rock Café Pittsburgh, PA

Date: April 7, 2015
Opening Bands: 3 Dudes Chillin’, The YJJs, Bumpin Uglies

After not being able to make it the last time that the Bastard Suns played in Pittsburgh a couple of years ago, I made it a point to journey out the next time they came around. They were once again playing the Hard Rock Café and I needed to catch the Suns live for my very first time after randomly discovering them on the interwebs a few years back. I dove into their music hardcore and have been a huge fan ever since. If their live show translated the energy of their songs even the smallest amount, then I was in for one hell of a show.
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Creature’s Corner: The Inside Scoop on Upcoming Marvel/DC Movies

Since there are waaaay too many upcoming superhero movies being released in the near future for your average movie-goer to catch them all, I’ve decided to reach out to some of my contacts at Marvel and DC as well as some of my good friends in Hollywood to help you guys out. Here is a brief synopsis to each and every comic book movie that is in the works.
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Hub City Stompers – “Life After Death”

Record Label: Stubborn Records
Genre: Ska

After a year or so merging with/reforming Inspecter 7, the Hub City Stompers are back with the aptly titled “Life After Death”.
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The Taj Motel Trio – “4 Songs, 7 Inches”

Record Label: Metal Skunk Records
Genre: Ska/Punk

Being that it’s been quite a long time since the TMT last released an album…that being 2007’s awesomely awesome “Part of the Problem” full length, it’s great to see that the band is still making music and making it well.
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The Taj Motel Trio announce new EP titled “4 Songs, 7 Inches”

Georgia based ska punkers The Taj Motel Trio are set to release a new EP digitally and on vinyl.
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Creature’s Corner: October 2014…When Comic Book Movie News Broke the Internet Part Three: Fox & Sony Movies (Marvel’s Red-Headed Stepchild)

With Marvel’s shared cinematic universe being all the rage these days, everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon and try to tie their completely separate movie franchises together for some reason or another…mainly money.  While Fox owns the rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises and Sony owns everything Spider-Man there just doesn’t seem to be much of a universe for either studio to share.
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Creature’s Corner: October 2014…When Comic Book Movie News Broke the Internet Part 2: The Mighty Marvel Machine

Having been at it since 2008, moviegoers can no doubt admit that Marvel knows how to make comic book movies. While there have been complaints about particular movies not living up to previous entries and your typical nerd-rage stuff here and there, every single movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has made a lot of money. A LOOOOOOOOOOOOOT of money. They have turned making comic book movies into an art form that the critics aren’t going to be able to ignore for much longer.
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Left Alone – “Harbor Area”

Record Label: Smelvis Records/Hellcat Records
Genre: Punk/Ska
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It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since the last full length from Left Alone. These SoCal boys have done it once again with an album that tops their previous album…which was pretty damn hard to do.
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