Posted on November 24, 2013 by Uncle Critic
Home Grown Cafe – Newark, DE
Friday, May 8th, 2013
Bummers – Sadly I came in part way through Bummers set so I missed some of it but not all of it. Bummers had a full band for the first time that I’ve seen them. It was a different sound but cool for sure, the full band sounds great. Some of the songs I still preferred the solo way though. But they did ‘Breakfast for Dinner (Sometimes)’, it’s a great song but the full band version just destroyed the solo version.
Wringer – My first time seeing Wringer, they were a lot of fun and pretty great. They’re a band that if you get a chance to see them make sure you do because it’s worth it for sure. I hope I get to see these guys a ton more times.
The Scandals – This is the only band on the bill that I didn’t know coming in, the first song I wasn’t crazy over but after that they were pretty good. I dug these guys; I’m going to check out more by them for sure.
Brian McGee – This was the second or third time I’ve seen Brian, he played a short set but it was pretty rad. He played some new songs and some Plow United songs, it was a good one.
The Headies – What do I need to say about the Headies? They’re great and an insane amount of fun every single time they play. You really can’t ask for more out of a band than the Headies give you. If you don’t hate fun then you must see the Headies every chance you get.
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Posted on November 23, 2013 by Uncle Critic
The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Friday, December 14th, 2012
It seems that shows that Tony Pence is involved with are always great and this was no exception, I mean the fucking Liars Academy played for christ sakes! How cool is that? I was at Tony’s 30th Birthday show and now his 40th ten years later was just about as cool.
Strike Anywhere - I hadn’t seen strike anywhere in a long long time, partly because nothing ever amazed me like that first album did but they were always a great live band. Here they proved it again that they’re still great live, they played all my favorite songs and they crowd simply lost their mind the second they started playing. I (and anyone else) should go see Strike Anywhere anytime they come near you, they’re pretty fucking incredible.
Liars Academy - Liars Academy are my favorite Maryland band of all time, they hadn’t played in a very long time and I was fucking stoked to see them again and they did not disappoint. The opener had a hiccup but after that it was like they never stopped playing together. They were so fucking good. The band even busted out a Mega City Four cover, it was pretty damn awesome. They also played all of my absoulte favorite songs (except one) so I basically couldn’t have asked for a better time. I really wish these dudes would just be a band again. Seeing them again made my year.
Mindset - I’d never seen Mindset, never even listened to them much but they were really good. Another hardcore band that brought it. Tony got up and sang one song with them, over all a pretty rad set.
Coke Bust - Man I forgot how good these guys are. I hadn’t listened to Coke Bust in many years and man they fucking killed it. They’re a band that says there’s still some great Hardcore around. They set the bar for the whole show.
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Posted on November 21, 2013 by Uncle Critic
The Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
Friday, March 1st, 2012
Teenage Bottlerocket - Teenage Bottlerocket is a band I’ve seen a bunch now too, I was surprised they were headlining over the Queers but I guess they’re switching off on this tour. Their set was one of the best ones I’ve seen from them in a while too. They played some Lillingtons stuff and that SACK song that they covered (Headbanger) so I was pretty happy with the set.
The Queers - I’ve heard a lot of people complain about the Queers sets during this tour basically saying they’re not very good. I’m not sure what the hell those people are talking about because the Queers were great on this night. I’ve seen the Queers a ton of times now and this was in the top part of that list, their set was the most fun I had the entire night.
Masked Intruder - This was my first time seeing Masked Intruder, I’ve been listening to their stuff since it first came out. They were pretty good, it was a really fun set, and they even had their parole officer with them. There was sadly no ‘Heart Shaped Guitar’ but even without that it was a real good set.
Whiff - I’ve seen Whiff a good number of times now, they’re a local band and they’re pretty fucking great. It’s apparent that they just keep getting better and better because this may have been the best Whiff set I’ve seen yet. I really want these guys to release an album because I’ve listened to the 7″ they have out a ton already and need more. Musically Whiff’s set may have
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Posted on September 16, 2013 by Uncle Critic
Golden West Café – Baltimore, MD
Wednesday, August 3th 2011
Scott Reynolds – Scott Reynolds, one of my favorite people in music ever. He brought his acoustic guitar to the Golden West and played ALL, Pavers and Goodbye Harry songs and it was incredible. I actually wrote him a couple days later and told him this was one of the greatest performances I’d ever seen in all my years of going to shows and that is a solid fact. If I could relive this set every day I’d do it and it would be the greatest life anyone has ever had.
Deep Sleep – One of Baltimore’s best band ever also played this show, both opening bands you’d think might be a little odd to be on a bill with Scott Reynolds but if you know Deep Sleep and have listened to the records you know there’s a ton of ALL influence in their music. Their set as always was great, these guys know how to play and always bring it when they perform.
Brain Flannel – The band’s name is actually Brian and some symbol they made up but this is how it’s pronounced. Their records are fucking great and they were almost as good in person. They were a great opening set for this show.
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Posted on August 8, 2013 by Uncle Critic
Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Wednesday October 29th 20??
Reptilian Records presents:
The Dwarves – This was the first time I ever saw the Dwarves and the best time. A lot of it had to do with the crowd filled with old punk rockers totally enjoying the show and stopping douches from being douches. There’s few things I’ve experienced at a show more satisfying than hearing an entire place filled with people singing along to ‘You Gotta Burn’. Though a bunch of douche bag kids doing spin kicks on the floor only to be overtaken by a title wave of old punk rockers moshing and circle pitting was pretty close.
The A.K.A.’s – This was the only time I saw the A.K.A.’s and that’s a shame because they were really good. They had a kind of strange and totally fun sound. They had a lot of great energy on stage too; I immediately bought their album after they played. Sadly it would be their only really great album release.
The Goons – The Goons were the weak link of this show, they weren’t bad but they just weren’t up to the standard of everyone else here. The only real problem was that the Goons were just super generic punk. They were good at what they did; I’d just heard it a billion times before.
The Means – The Means were incredible. I had no idea who these guys were before but after seeing them I bought everything they’d released. They were only second to the Dwarves on this show. They had a weird punk/hardcore/tiny bit of screamo thing going. I’d never heard a band like them, and still haven’t to this day. They were great on stage too, they played really well and even had a few jokes that made me laugh. Sadly this was the only time I saw them. Check these guys out if you haven’t, they’re still really great.
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