Concerts 

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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Putting the BBQ In Punk Rock

The Fourth of July bring out your usual patriotism and fireworks. For me, and a lot in the Phoenix punk scene, it brings other fantastic traditions and get-togethers. The annual Pre-Independence Day Barbeque is one of those amazing events. This is put on by Bo, of the Industry, and his wife Marcia, of Bowcat, alongside a bunch of their punk musicians and friends. I started attending them about three years ago. I have had a blast and made new friends at every one of them. This year mine kicked off…

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A Trio of Terrific Music

There are some bands that you are guaranteed to see some amazing music every tour they have. Streetlight Manifesto is just one of those bands. You could say they are bedfellows with some legends of Ska and talented solo acts. Over the years they have introduced me to acts like Sycamore Smith and Dan Potthast’s solo work. Their own music puts them atop the upper echelon of my favorite bands. Without worry, a tour with Ogikubo Station, Jenny Owen Youngs, and Streetlight Manifesto was going to be a blast.  …

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Warped Tour: Part Two

Onto part two of the longest time I’ve spent attending a Warped Tour in over a decade of going. This brings with it a band that brought controversy after the Phoenix stop, two bands from across a body of water, and a whole lot of energy across the entire six. This is part two of an amazing day of music and one of the best Warped Tours for me in a few years. Starting off right where I left off in part 1, we come to the Dickies. They are…

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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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A Ska Mixer

Skacore is a term not found in the Phoenix scene. I first caught the genre outside of this city, when I went on a short tour in 2014 with the local band Nomada. They opened up for the River Ratts in a venue in Riverside. This was one of the craziest pits I’ve partaken in. Your instinct is to skank during the ska parts, but then the hardcore sections of the songs hit and you have yourself a mosh pit. Our headliners this night harken from that genre, sandwiched in…

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Punk Rock Bowling: Day 2

The first full day of Punk Rock Bowling is Saturday. You have your pool party shows, the main stage, and the club shows. You can find yourself going about fifteen hours a day on these days. For me, this was the settling in day. I ended up out there about three, when Plague Vendor started. With the Punk Rock Bowling write ups, I’m going to probably do more blurbs than my usual writing format. There is a lot of stuff to cover, and of course, some great pictures to check…

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Skankin’ is Back!

Ska revival might actually be going on. As this year trudges on, it certainly feels like the genre is starting to flourish again. From both newcomers and the established greats, I know there have been more ska shows that I’ve attended this year. As my second love, only to Punk, in music, I am enjoying this extraordinarily. Tonight was the return of Viernes 13 to the Yucca Tap Room accompanied by a solid mix of ska and punk. Opening up was the one not skirting the border of the two…

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Ska Punk Is Dead

Well, no, it’s not dead. However, our local radio icon of the Ska Punk persuasion, Craven Moorehead, put together the first of possibly many nights under the name of “Ska Punk is Dead.” It is where fans of the genres can enjoy some punk rock and ska, have some beers, and meet other fans of the genre. There was some dancing too. The night is made up of a custom mix of songs chosen by our Go Punk Yourself DJ, and joined by two musicians from the local scene putting…

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