Staff Michael



Cleveland, OH

Michael's last content update – May 18, 2012, 3:01 a.m.

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Another Breath

The God Complex, 2009

8.5 / 10

It’s been quite some time since Another Breath released Mill City. Granted it has only been a few years, but in hardcore that means an eternity; a lot has transpired ...

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The Get Up Kids

Something to Write Home About (Reissue), 2009

8.0 / 10

The release of The Get Up Kids’ debut full-length Four Minute Mile is something that I recall with the greatest of ease. My sister won a contest from a record ...

Doomriders - Darkness Come Alive album cover


Darkness Come Alive, 2009

8.0 / 10

Doomriders debut effort Black Thunder launched the Boston-based outfit into action with their dark-themed hybrid of punk, metal, and hardcore. Since its release the band has kept busy with a ...

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Hang Your Head, 2009

8.5 / 10
200 Words Or Less

I grew up on 90’s hardcore, so when I hear new band’s drawing influence from that era I get excited. Atlanta’s Foundation does just that and this new EP is ...

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Music City Of Ships Album Stream

Posted Oct. 16, 2010, 12:12 p.m.

City of Ships has been going strong right out of the gate since forming in 2005. The Richmond-based outfit has been touring constantly and promoting a series of vinyl and ...

Music The Catalyst Album Stream

Posted Oct. 16, 2010, 12:11 p.m.

Richmond, Virginia has a rich history in the punk and hardcore world. And as the years have passed by, the city remains a hotbed for new and exciting bands to ...

Music Unreal City Album Stream

Posted Oct. 16, 2010, 12:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh was once a bustling city booming with economic success. But over the years the city has slowly slipped into a depression that has filled the streets with pessimistic and ...

Interviews Set Your Goals

Posted Oct. 16, 2010, 11:43 a.m.

Set Your Goals have become one of the most talked about bands in the hardcore and punk music scenes, but with good reason. The band generated a huge buzz with ...

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Territory 'Sic Semper Tyrannis' Album Stream & Pre-Orders Launched

Records Territory 'Sic Semper Tyrannis' Album Stream & Pre-Orders Launched

Posted May 18, 2012, 3:01 a.m.

Escapist Records is pleased to team up with Toxicbreed's Funhouse for a full-album stream of Territory's Sic Semper Tyranis 12" LP, which is live as of today here ...

Light Years Summer Tourdates With Citizen / Turnover

Tours Light Years Summer Tourdates With Citizen / Turnover

Posted May 2, 2012, 4:35 a.m.

Light Years is hitting the road in support of their latest 7” EP Just Between Us, released earlier this Spring on Escapist Records. The band will be touring the US ...

June 22nd Columbus, OH @ The Purple Grape June 23rd Altoona, PA @ Masonic TempleJune 24th Washington, PA @ Washington County Common Ground Teen Center June 25th Wilkes Barre, PA @ Redwood Art Space June 26th New York, NY @ The Acheron June 27th West Babylon, NY @ Backyard Show June 28th Brewer, ME @ The Time Out Center June 29th Boston, MA @ The Democracy Center June 30th Berlin, CT @ Shitty Greg’s July 1st Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary July 2nd Norfolk, VA @ The Jewish Mother July 3rd Richmond, VA @ Alex Basement July 4th Wilmington, NC @ Front Street Studios July 5th Columbia, SC @ One Unit Art Space July 6th Savannah, GA @ Sweet Melissa’s Pizza July 7th Jacksonville, FL @ Buro Bar July 8th Orlando, FL @ The Peacock Room July 9th Pembroke Pines FL @ The Talent Farm July 10th Tampa, FL @ Transitions Art Gallery July 12th Hoover, AL @ The Dan July 13th Decatur, AL @ Coffee and Playhouse July 14th Memphis, TN @ Crosstown Arts July 15th Springfield, MO @ The Lemon Drop July 16th Austin, TX @ The Mowhawk July 17th San Antonio, TX @ The Ten Eleven July 18th Midland, TX @ The Pine Box Collective July 19th El Paso, TX @ The Goat House July 20th Albuquerque, NM @ The Gasworks July 21st Mesa, AZ @ The Nile Underground July 22nd Escondido, CA @ The Metaphor Cafe July 23rd Pomona, CA @ Aladdin Jr’s July 24th Fresno, CA @ China Town Youth Center July 25th Stockton, CA @ The Plea For Peace Center July 27th Portland, OR @ Laughing House Books July 28th Centrailia, WA @ The Quesadilla Factory July 29th Boise, ID @ The Boise Venue July 30th Ogden, UT @ The Basement August 1st Denver, CO, @ The Blast O Mat August 2nd Lincoln, NE @ The Halfway House August 3rd Normal, IL @ The College Spot August 4th Minneapolis, MN @ The Beat Coffeehouse August 5th Chicago, IL @ The Box Social August 6th Frankenmuth, MI @ Fischer Hall August 7th Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class

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Light Years / The Fake Boys Spring Tourdates

Tours Light Years / The Fake Boys Spring Tourdates

Posted March 5, 2012, 12:36 p.m.

Light Years will be launching an Eastcoast/Midwest tour with The Fake Boys (Animal Style Records) in early April. The band will be supporting their new 7” EP, Just Between ...

3/10 - Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class w/ Citizen, Homewrecker, Ages 4/6 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s w/ Set Your Goals, Cartel, Mixtapes w/ The Fake Boys 4/7 - Erie, PA @ House Show 4/8 - Rochester, NY @ Dublin Underground 4/9 - Oneonta, NY @ SUNY 4/10 - Boston, MA @ Club 4/11 - Long Island, NY @ The Broadway Bar 4/12 - Philadelphia, PA @ IHOP Estate 4/13 - Richmond, VA @ Stay Sweet Fest 4/14 - Columbia, SC @ One Unit Art Space 4/15 - Charlotte, NC @ TBA 4/17 - Jacksonville, FL @ Buro Bar 4/18 - Orlando, FL @ Peacock Room 4/19 - Pembroke Pines, FL @ The Talent Farm 4/20 - Tampa, FL @ The Brass Mug 4/21 - Atlanta, GA @ Wonderoot 4/22 - Nashville, TN @ Little Hamilton Collective 4/23 - St. Louis, MO @ Bonerville 4/24 - Springfield, IL @ The Black Sheep Café 4/25 - Normal, IL @ Firehouse Pizza Shop 4/26 - Lexington, KY @ Al’s Bar 4/27 - Cincinnati, OH @ TBA 4/28 - Kent, OH @ Euro Gyro (7" Release Show) w/ Believe You Me

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Labels Escapist Records Adds Territory To Roster

Posted Feb. 20, 2012, 1:28 a.m.

Escapist Records would like to welcome Tucson, AZ’s Territory to its roster.  We are quite excited to be working with the band on the release of a 12” in ...

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500+ Reviews

Posted May 31, 2009, 11:36 p.m. by Michael

I hit the 500 review mark last week with my Narrows review. That's a lot of reviews. Sometimes I get burnt out with all the stuff coming through, especially when ...


Posted May 6, 2009, 3:41 p.m. by Michael

So I just got done watching the season finale of Scrubs. It was Zach Braff's final episode. His character is saying goodbye, but I think they gave it a nice ...

Remember Those Browns?

Posted Nov. 13, 2008, 11:16 a.m. by Michael

Two months ago I had high hopes for the Cleveland Browns. Now I am left with a fairly mediocre season.  We shall see how the remainder plays out. I'm looking ...

Go Browns!

Posted Sept. 14, 2008, 3:26 a.m. by Michael

I forgot to post this prior to week one, but given the outcome of that game, maybe it was for the best. Anyway, the Browns season is underway and that ...

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I do this very very very very very very rarely now. I run a record label sometimes. I enjoy life.

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