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Photo Gallery: Mustard Plug & The Toasters

I’m back digging into my backlog of photos once again, with a night of Ska music to remind us of the good times before. This tour brought two staples and favorites of the genre, The Toasters and Mustard Plug, tag team headlining duties. Dave and Mustard Plug were their usual charismatic and fun selves taking top billing this night. Bucket singing songs from the Toasters that are so remembered they ended up more like singalongs with this crowd. I would be beside myself not to mention this tour introducing me…

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Photo Gallery: Ska Parade 30th Anniversary Tour

January 25th was a night of many awesome and hard music decisions in Phoenix. However, my attention went to the collection of amazing and fun ska bands celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Ska Parade radio show. Bowcat were our sole locals that kicked off a night that just felt like a celebration of the genre. Joker’s Republic was the only band new to me and I was blown away. If you’ve never seen Hans Gruber and the Die Hards, then you owe it to yourself to when things resume.…

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Concerts To Consoles 

Concerts To Consoles: Episode 49 – Dane, Katie, and Steven of Bowcat

I’ve been working to get them on since near the beginning of Concerts to Consoles. Now you can watch on YouTube or listen on podcast services as BowCat​’s Dane, Katie, and Steven join me for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe! Chatting goes from the band, to Supernova Ska Festival, moshing in the skanking pit, favorite new ska lately, and to even question if fourth wave ska even exists?

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Concerts To Consoles: Episode 48 – Duck of Joystick

Back with a new episode from Self Quarantine and with my first remote guest in the Concerts To Consoles history. This episode brings Duck, from Joystick, remotely on the show from NOLA. As we catch up with each other, talk about the band and quarantine activities, we try the trick or treating JRPG style of Costume Quest on the Xbox 360. Find it on YouTube, the Twitch archive, and podcast services now!

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Concerts 

A Streak of Ska

Most of the year the amount of ska shows is not too concentrated. It usually lends to me making sure to support every ska show in hopes it will bring more. However, we had a strange week in July. There was a stretch of four ska shows in a five day span around Phoenix. That third show was the fun as hell bringing The Holophonics into town joined by Bowcat, Rundown Roommates, and Los Lerpes. Kicking things off first was a three piece Los Lerpes. Down a man, we saw…

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The Uplifting and The Dark

Tours revolving around the anniversary of an album are one of the current trends. It is likely because a lot of the bands these days that we follow and love are sticking together longer. One of those bands just happens to be Streetlight Manifesto, who is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the album “Everything Goes Numb.” Along for the ride on this tour were, Kitty Kat Fan Club and Mephiskapheles. Up first is one of the newest bands on Asian Man Records, Kitty Kat Fan Club. The streak of great…

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The Ska Must Go On

Ska has a long lineage of excellent music predating and inspiring sounds that would influence the genres of Reggae and Rocksteady. Most describe it as coming in three waves, the original out of Jamaica in the late 1950’s, the 2 Tone sound out of the U.K. in the 1970’s, and the third wave ska out of the punk scene in the late 1980’s. One of the most iconic bands to put the third wave ska on the map is the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. They were one of the first to…

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The Overlapping Tastes

If you told me there would be a tour with Reverend Horton Heat, Fishbone, and Strung Out on it, I would have given you an askew response. I think highly of all three bands, but together on one stage I wouldn’t imagine. However, it makes complete sense after a little thought. There are a bunch of crossover fans from the three genres of punk, ska, and rockabilly. With that, we got fantastic performances plus a great surprise in the opening Los Kung Fu Monkeys. Entering the show I had a…

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A Skankin’ Fourth

If there wasn’t a genre I did not catch enough of during the pre-Independence Day celebrations, it was Ska. Thanks to the actual Fourth of July, that was remedied. It had one of my favorite voices to hear sing in the Steady 45s and a regular staple of our local Ska scene, Bowcat. Plus Leigh, of Krovak, jumped on for some punk and folk acoustic songs to open up. To say I had a blast, would be an understatement. First, if you have never caught a Krovak show, you should.…

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No Noise Complaints Here

This was a Sunday night I was looking forward to for a bit. It had been about four years since I last caught Big D and the Kids Table. It was a fantastic time hanging with them at the Warped Tour bowling event. In addition to catching their set the next day, I ran into members of the band, like Ben and Derek, around Warped Tour throughout consistently. The interactions just cemented how great these guys and the Big D are. After that I was bugging their drummer Derek every…

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