SHOWS I SEEN: Mean Jeans – June 8th 2012 – Golden West Cafe – Baltimore, MD

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Golden West Cafe – Baltimore, MD
June 8th, 2012
Mean Jeans Golden West
I came to this show for two reasons, first, The Firecrackers. And second, to check out some of the bands playing Insub Fest that I hadn’t seen before. It turned out to be a great night. With a whole lot of new great bands.

The Shirks – I like The Shirks and I’ve seen them a few times, they’ve been great every time but tonight they were just off. They weren’t bad, they sounded fun but they just didn’t seem to have that energy they normally do.
Murder – The band was admittedly a little drunk, but that’s ok because that appears to just be party fuel for this band. They always bring it live and this might have been the best Murder set I’ve seen.
Hollywood – I missed the Hollywood set.
Mean Jeans – Second time I’ve seen Mean Jeans and they totally destroyed it. It was fun as hell, I thought the floor was going to break through there were so many people jumping around. There was a few minutes of down time with a broken guitar but that didn’t stop the fun. Pretty early in the set I was covered in beer and sweat and it stayed that way the rest of the night. It was one of the most fun times I’ve had in a while.

SHOWS I SEEN: BLANK – 20th Anniversary Show!!! – April 28 2012 – The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD

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The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Saturday, April 28, 2012


BLANK – 20th Anniversary Show!!!

Baltimore has a lot of great bands going today, but for me the foundation that Baltimore had great bands started with Cross My Heart, and Blank, two great bands featuring Ryan Shelkett. These were the first bands that really opened my eyes to the fact that Baltimore has great local talent. Many bands quickly followed but I think things would be very different for me if I hadn’t started listening to stuff like this when I did. I never got to see Blank, they were a little before my show going time so I was really excited at this second chance on the band’s 20th anniversary.

Office of Future Plans - I started to get worried when I saw the band setting up with a cello, and honestly I wasn’t really into the first song. But it didn’t take long for this band to win me over; the second song was great along with almost all of the rest of their set. I hope to be seeing more of these guys.
Murder – I’ve seen Murder a couple times now, they’re locals with a real hard edge and they pull it off really well. This band has so much power when they play you don’t have a choice except to enjoy it.
Blank - My first, and I assume only time seeing Blank was pretty great. I don’t know how much they practiced leading up to this but they sounded phenomenal. I couldn’t have asked for a better set, they had lots of energy, they were pretty tight and it was a great set list. They played for a pretty good amount of time but I could have stayed and watched that set all night. Unfortunately I can’t recommend seeing them because you won’t get a chance to, but if you like melodic poppy punk do yourself a giant favor and check out Blank. They still hold up many years later.

SHOWS I SEEN: Teenage Bottlerocket – October 21st 2009 – Ottobar – Baltimore, MD

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Ottobar  – Baltimore, MD
October 21st 2009



Teenage Bottlerocket – I’d seen Teenage Bottlerocket a few times at this point but not enough yet that I was bored of seeing them. They played a ton of great songs (but at this point that was pretty much all they had, great songs) and the set was hella fun. This is still a band that if you haven’t seen it should be on your to do list.

Cobra Skulls – I’d never heard Cobra Skulls but had heard tons of things from people saying that they were either the greatest band in a while or one of the worst bands ever. I can see how there’d be two very extreme ways of thought about the band. When I saw them play they were great. My buddy that was with me thought they were great, their set was A+. Sadly once we went and listened to the Cobra Skulls albums it was not even close to the same. Live the band was something completely different from what they were recorded. You could tell it was the same band but on the albums they were just bad…like really bad.

Clownpunch – Despite their terrible name they were really good this night, the weird thing is that doesn’t seem to stick. I’ve seen them a couple times since and it was pretty much the complete opposite of what happened here. I guess they were really on their game the first time I saw them.

The Quarantines – I forget if this was the first time I’d seen the Quarantines or not, but they left an impression for sure. They cranked out a great set and I made sure to keep tabs on them from there because the band is still coming out with great pop punk about robots and zombies and other cool shit.

SHOWS I SEEN: BraceFace/Beatnik Termites/The Dewtons/Trashkanistan (last show!) – March 7, 2014 – The Sidebar – Baltimore, MD

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The Sidebar – Baltimore, MD
Friday, March 7, 2014

This is being written while still covered in beer and sweat and the hangover starting to set in. All thanks to the following:

Trashkanistan – Possibly the most fun band Baltimore has to offer…and now they’re gone. If you say you didn’t have fun seeing Trashkanistan at any point, my only guess would be that you were in a coma at that time. Though even in a coma I’d have to assume you’d have a blast seeing this band. Always fun beyond expectations with a song catalog that’s pretty much hit after hit they went out there for their last show and again showed how great of a band they are/were. This is the most fun I’ve had since Insub Fest, it was a fucking blast. If you missed this set tonight you missed an incredible time. I’ll miss this band a bunch but if you’ve gotta go it may as well be after a set like this.

The Dewtons – The Dewtons are always pretty fun to see. They’re not my favorite band but they’ve got some good songs and always a lot of energy so I guess really there’s not much more you can ask from a band.

Beatnik Termites – It was really fucking weird seeing a basically completely new lineup from Beatnik Termites. The only one I recognize now is Pat. But that’s not too bad because they still sound great. It’s always fun seeing the Beatnik Termites, and if I ever say different punch me in the face.

BraceFace – I’ve seen BraceFace a bunch of times. They’re one of the better Baltimore bands and they’re really fucking good. And even with that this was still one of; if not the best time I’ve seen them. Their songs are great and they put on a fun show, there’s not much more you can ask for. Though I guess if you’re going to be a jerk and demand more, there’s always th

SHOWS I SEEN: Lipstick Homicide/Boys – October 24-25, 2013 – Bummers beach house – Newark AND DE, Charm City Art Space – Baltimore, MD

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Lipstick Homicide and Boys were touring together and playing two back to back shows really close to me so I had to go to both, right? First I made the trip the Delaware for yet another great show, seriously Delaware always has some great shows, and I’ve never been to a bad one there. Keep it up guys! Then the next day it was off to Baltimore for another great show at my favorite place of all time the Charm City Art Space!

Bummers beach house – Newark, DE
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bummers – I think this is the first time I’ve gotten to see the Bummers with a full band for their entire set (last time I got there late like a jerk). I’m guessing they’re just a full time full band now and it’s great. If you haven’t checked this band out I highly recommend you do it now. I believe they’ve got a record coming out soon on Bloated Kat Records, but it’s not soon enough, I want it now!

Boys – I had really high expectations seeing Boys because I’d listened to that demo somewhere around a billion times already and had never seen them before, yet they still totally blew me away. This band is incredible, if you’re not listening to them you’re fucking things up. And if you’ve had the chance to see them and didn’t, just quit at life. Go see this band whenever you can, they’re really really great.

The Murderburgers – Murderburgers are a band that I’ve been on the fence about. I liked some things they’ve put out but just as some pretty good pop punk. However after seeing them this time, they were a ton of fun and I decided I needed to buy some records.

Lipstick Homicide – Lipstick Homicide is one of the best bands in existence, they will melt your face with greatness every time you see them. This time was of course no exception. This was my seventh time seeing Lipstick Homicide in 2013 (out of eight) and out of those times that I’ve seen them this was one of the best, most fun sets of the year.

The Headies – The Headies are another band that you should know, and if you don’t you’re doing yourself an extreme disservice. Listen to their records; go to their shows, their one of the most fun bands around. It’s always a good time when you’re seeing the Headies. They mixed up the set a bit from the past few times that I’ve seen them but it’s not like that’s a problem for a band that doesn’t have any bad songs. Great set as always.

Martin – Martin wasn’t on the bill but they played a surprise set which was really great especially because I’d never seen them before. It was a rad short little set, looking forward to seeing this band again and hopefully many more times.

Charm City Art Space – Baltimore, MD
Friday, October 25, 2013
FTS FEST 12 Series

Lipstick Homicide – I don’t know how many times I can say Lipstick Homicide is one of the greatest bands both live and recorded. It’s just a fact. This night was especially great though because they covered a Rational Anthem song, there aren’t real words to describe how happy that made me. Hopefully I see this band as many times (or more) next year as I did this year.

The Murderburgers – Murderburgers turned me into a big fan the night before this. Tonight I bought the records I said I was going to buy yesterday after they were great once again. This is a case of I wish I’d seen the light of this band sooner.

Braceface – Braceface is a great pop punk band from Baltimore. I’ve seen them a bunch but not near enough times. Their songs are catchy as hell and they’re always fun to see. They had a great set tonight as they usually do. Bands like this remind me that pop punk isn’t dead in Baltimore.

Boys – Boys were great the night before and tonight was no different. Boys totally blew me away with their greatness for a second time in a row. When this band comes out with an album it’ll be an album of the year contender for sure. And I see them always being one people’s ‘best band’s I’ve seen this year’ list all the damn time.

Solid Citizen – I missed Solid Citizen, I blame the beer that I was drinking and the people that made me drink it!

SHOWS I SEEN: Goblin – October 4, 2013 – The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD

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The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Friday, October 4, 2013

I like many people have liked Goblin since I first heard them on the Suspiria soundtrack. Since then they’ve done a lot of great soundtracks (most of Dario Argento’s good ones) and some quality albums. Finally they tour the US and I of course bought a ticket as soon as they went on sale. The Ottobar was super packed which wasn’t really a surprise because it was sold out. But this was one of the fullest I’ve seen the place. There is only one other time I can remember it being more packed. Secret Chiefs 3 opened up. They, like Goblin, are an instrumental band. The songs they played seemed to be heavily horror themed influenced, and they all wore robes like some kind of cult. I dug them a lot, and purchased a few CDs that they had for sale. Secret Chiefs 3 were the only opening band, next was Goblin. Simply put, they were everything I had hoped for, and more. Goblin is hands down the best band I’ve seen this year. They were amazing. They played a nice long set, but as far as I was concerned they could have played for hours longer. They were fucking fantastic. If you ever get the chance to see this band, don’t hesitate!

REVIEW: The Quarantines/Trashkanistan

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a1262457248_2One of the splits that I was looking forward to this year is the one between two great Baltimore bands The Quarantines and Trashkanistan. Sadly The Quarantines are breaking up and it looks like Trashkanistan is going to be a mostly inactive band. But I guess if you’ve got out you may as well put out another great release while you can. The Quarantines start this with ‘Robot Girl’ a song that was on one of their other EP’s, but it’s also one of their best songs. Though this does seem to be a re-recorded or a live version. Their other song is a cover of the Lillingtons’ ‘Robots in my Dreams’, not only is it a great cover but it fits right in as a Quarantines song. If I wasn’t a Lillingtons fan I would have never guessed it was a cover. Trashkanistan’s side has three songs, first is ‘Lexington’ and it’s fucking great. Following that is ‘Time & Date’ which is possibly better than their first song, I’m so bummed Trashkanistan is kinda but not really breaking up because I’d love to be singing along to this one at their shows. This is one of my favorite Trashkanistan songs now. Finally they’ve got ‘Milly’ a really good song, though it took a little bit to grow on me, it’s a solid ender.

The Quarantines:
1. Robot Girl
2. Robots in My Dreams (Lillingtons)

1. Lexington
2. Time & Date
3. Milly

Get it from The Quarantines HERE

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