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Workaholics: Season 5 (Blu-ray)

Starring: Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine and Anders Holm
Written By: Kyle Newacheck, Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine and Anders Holm
Directed By: Kyle Newacheck/Various
Studio: Paramount
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Adam, Blake, Anders and the rest of the TelAmeriCorp crew are back for a fifth season of the workplace comedy. Funeral crashing, 80s trivia, kids in the workplace and the Workaholics origin are some of the powerful topics that are addressed in season 5.
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Isotopes – “Nuclear Strikezone”

Record Label: Stomp Records
Genre: Pop Punk/Baseball Punk
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The Isotopes, who are also sometimes known as the Isotopes Punk Rock Baseball Club, are a pop punk band hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia. They also describe their sound as something that I have honestly never heard before…baseball punk. Obviously they have a thing for punk rock, baseball and creating kick ass songs.
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East End Radicals – “Zero Hour”

Record Label: Stomp Records
Genre: Punk/Celtic Punk
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The East End Radicals have a working class mentality and a punk rock attitude and when those two mix it’s usually a good thing. “Zero Hour” is no exception to this rule.
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Slightly Stoopid – “Meanwhile…Back at the Lab”

Record Label: Stoopid Records
Genre: Various
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It doesn’t seem that long ago that the Stoopid boys released their last album “Top of the World”. In fact, it’s only been three years…which at my age is a long time. 2015 sees the band escaping from their musical laboratory to unleash some new tunes upon the world with their newest release titled “Meanwhile…Back at the Lab”.
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Various Artists – Rare Breed Summer Sampler 2015

Record Label: Rare Breed Recording Company/Paper + Plastick Records
Genre: Ska/Reggae

Teaming up together for the possibly the first time (?), Vinnie from Less Than Jake and Obi Fernandez of Westbound Train fame have pooled their ska superpowers together to provide the universe with a free sampler of modern reggae and ska music. Did I mention the best part…that it’s FREE?!
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Popes Of Chillitown – “To The Moon”

Record Label: Self-Released
Genre: Ska/Punk/Dub
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The Popes Of Chillitown are new to me with “To The Moon” being the first music that I’ve heard from these London based rudies. This is a pretty good introductory album if I may say so myself.
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Gentlemen Rogues – “A History So Repeating”

Record Label: End Sounds
Genre: Power Pop/Rock
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“A History So Repeating” is the follow up EP to the Gentlemen Rogues debut EP from 2013. This would be my first time listening to the Gentlemen Rogues. Here’s what I have to say…
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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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