Boston-based ska legends The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are allowing fans to stream their latest single. The track is titled “Wonderful Day For The Race” and features on the band’s soon-to-be-released record While We’re At It.
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Monday, May 21, 2018 at 9:01 AM (PST) by rick delaney
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 8:23 PM (PST) by Daron
Milwaukee’s Something To Do have released a new single, “I’ve Made a Huge Mistake.”
If you’re a relic like I, and into third wave ska and Arrested Development references, you should definitely check this one out below.
Something To Do’s last full length was 2016’s “Not Making a Sound.”
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 2:55 PM (PST) by liathdavis
Denton, TX ska punk act The Holophonics are now streaming their new album “Phantom Arrival.”
Their last news was a release of a music video for their song “Escape Velocity” which is featured on the new album. In addition to the video, the band also announced a new tour that kicked off with an album release show in Dallas. You can check out all those dates and locations, the new album, as well as the video below.
Monday, May 14, 2018 at 11:23 AM (PST) by rick delaney
Fat Wreck’s ska legends Mad Caddies have announced their touring schedule for this summer. It’s pretty hectic too! The band will be promoting their latest album Punk Rocksteady across the continents of North America and Europe from May right through until mid-August. The record will be officially released on June 15 via their long serving label Fat Wreck Chords.
You can check out all the dates below.
Monday, May 7, 2018 at 8:47 AM (PST) by rick delaney
New Jersey ska exports Hub City Stompers have announced a short run of tour dates around North America in support of their latest record Hater’s Dozen. Along with a release show and a festival appearance in May, the group will hit up 12 stops over the summer months.
You can check out the full list of tour dates below.
Friday, May 4, 2018 at 9:24 AM (PST) by villagebrown
Ska legends The Mighty Mighty BossToneS have announced that they will be launching an annual summer festival called “The Cranking & Skanking Fest.” The first edition of the fest will take place at the Worcester Palladium and will include bands like Bouncing Souls, Fishbone, The Planet Smashers, and more.
There will be tons of beer, food, and music – tickets go on sale today at 10AM EST. You can check it out and get more details here.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 8:27 PM (PST) by Daron
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 2:42 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Los Angeles ska-punk band The Interrupters will release their third studio album Fight the Good Fight on June 29th via Hellcat Records. Fight the Good Fight was produced by longtime collaborator, Rancid frontman, and Grammy Award-winning producer Tim Armstrong with the band at Ship-Rec Recorders in Los Angeles. The album was mixed by Grammy-award winning mixer Tom Lord-Alge (Blink-182, Fall Out Boy, Weezer). Pre-orders for Fight the Good Fight are available here.
The first single shared is “She’s Kerosene” is streaming below. In the track, frontwoman Aimee reflects on breaking free from narcissistic abuse (“I really hope when people listen to that song, it helps them feel empowered to leave a toxic relationship,” Aimee says).
Norwich based ska punk Millie Manders (who usually performs with her band Millie Manders and the Shutup) has released a video for “Monster”, a track from her recent acoustic EP, “Upside Down”. The track is the closing track of the five song effort, which came out back in March.
You can have a watch of the video below.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 3:08 PM (PST) by Johnny X
California ska-punk veterans Mad Caddies will be releasing “Punk Rocksteady”, an album of “reggae, ska, and/or dancehall covers of 12 punk songs hand-picked by Fat Mike.” Fans can expect it to hit the digital shelves on June 15th via (surprise!) Fat Wreck Chords.
The songs include Misfits’ “Some Kind of Hate,” the Descendents’ “Jean Is Dead,” Against Me!’s “Sink, Florida, Sink,” Bad Religion’s “Sorrow,” and Green Day’s “She,” the latter of which you can stream below.
This is Mad Caddies’ first release since Dirty Rice was put out in 2014 also on Fat.
Mad Caddies are also going on Fat Mike’s Punk In Drublic tour with NOFX, Bad Religion, and more, and they have upcoming headlining dates too. They’re playing headlining shows in the NYC-area at Gramercy Theatre on May 16 with Keep Flying and The Jukebox Romantics (tickets) and Asbury Park’s House of Independents on May 18 with Worthless United and Backyard Superheroes (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Monday, April 23, 2018 at 2:03 PM (PST) by Johnny X
It’s not often, nor are there many venues that host shows that are anywhere near as well organized and shall I say as professionally put together as the one I attended this past Friday at The Court Tavern in New Brunswick New Jersey, where I went to see home town heroes The Hub City Stompers perform with the legendary Ska outfit Bigger Thomas who are celebrating their 30th year this year.
The Court Tavern has gone through some changes over the last couple of decades from being a solid reputable venue for underground music to a weak non caring mismanaged shit hole. Now, once again The Court Tavern is under new management, and it appears that it is returning to its former glory as a very caring home for real music that seems to respect both the artists as well as the customers who come to attend it’s shows.
Upon arrival we heard the sounds of classic old school Ska filtering it’s way up the stairs from the lower level music room, this was being spun by one of two DJ’s –Selecter Judge Knott and DJ Chuck Dat of Steady Sound System who tag teamed one another with all vinyl sets of classic Ska throughout the night between band sets.
The first band to play was hardcore Oi act Damage Done, unfortunately we missed there set I’m sorry to say, but next up was a blistering and angry set by the local Oi band Dusters, who got some of the local crowd worked up and bouncing off one another in the mosh pit. Dusters have some promise, and the band was tight but the Front man was lacking in enthusiasm unfortunately giving their set the lack of the one two punch it needed to really carry the energy being delivered by the rest of the band.
Dusters set ended and more classic Ska was delivered by the DJ’s who did a really remarkable job of setting the mood for the evening.
Next to take the stage was Bigger Thomas, and by this point the room was approaching capacity as front man Roger Apollon who as always was dressed to kill, stepped up to the mic and began slaying us with all our favorite Bigger Thomas tunes getting the crowd skanking like crazy to BT classics like Ska In My Pocket and I Can’t Remember My Name by the end of this set the place was packed and the energy was high.
Hub City Stompers took the stage and kicked it off with a new song called Hub City Stomp which started off slow and cool then erupted into a full fun fast blast of horns and front man’s Reverend T. Sinisters unique vocal stylings, which immediately worked the crowd into a frenzy… after playing a couple more new ones off the bands upcoming 6th full length album Haters Dozen mixed in with many classic fan favorites they brought up Coolie Ranx of The Toasters and The Pilfers, who joined them for another new song entitled Distance Water which they dedicated to the late great Roy Radics of the Rudie Crew who also appears on the recorded version of the song, a couple more songs through the set and the band starts up a Ska cover of Fugazi’s Waiting Room, during which another Ska legend is announced to be in attendance, and who do they bring up on stage next? The Legendary King Django gets up, and Reverend Sinister hands the mic over to him and he spontaneously raps something fantastic that seemed to say something about him having a head cold and the only cure was attending a Hub City Stompers show and receiving some kind of Devine intervention from the good Reverend T. Sinister, at this point Coolie Ranx also returned to the stage and the three of them did a back and forth with one another, all during the constant beat of Waiting Room. This one song was reason enough to come to this amazing show and I am so happy I caught this trio in action.
The set ended with the bands signature Hub City Stompers which is actually an Inspector Seven song written by Sinister twenty years ago before forming HCS and taking the name. There was then the obligatory rush to the merch table as the bands all passed out their sweaty hugs to one another and shared a shot and a beer. Thus another great and forever memorable show night came to an end in New Jersey.
Thank you Court Tavern for being cool once again and putting on a truly memorable night of entertainment. We will return.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 3:05 PM (PST) by liathdavis
Jersey ska punks Hub City Stompers have just announced that they’ll be releasing their sixth full length, “Haters Dozen” later this month on April 20th.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 1:30 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Denton, TX ska-punks The Holophonics have released a music video for their song “Escape Velocity,” which comes from the bands’ upcoming album Phantom Arrival that is set to be released on May 11th 2018.
In addition to the video, the band has announced a huge tour that will kick off with an album release show in Dallas. You can check out all those dates and locations, as well as the video, below.
London, UK ska-punks Popes Of Chillitown are to release their 13-track third album. “Work Hard, Play Hard, See You In The Graveyard”, on May 4th. Ahead of the release, they’ve released a video for the opening track from the record, “Prang”. You can have a watch of it below.
Various pre-order packages for the album are up now on the band’s Bandcamp.
Friday, April 6, 2018 at 9:59 AM (PST) by villagebrown
Boston ska legends The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have announced a North American summer tour. The band will head around the continent for shows in the US and Canada starting on April 28th in Huntington Beach, CA and closing out on August 23rd in Cleveland, OH.
The band also announced that they will be releasing their tenth full-length album, titled While We’re At It with Grammy Award winner Ted Hutt. On the topic of the tour and album, frontman Dicky Barrett said:
The Mighty Mighty BossToneS and I are extremely amped about the upcoming shows. We’ve been enjoying the time we’ve been spending together working on the tenth full-length BossToneS release, WHILE WE’RE AT IT so it seemed like a good idea to roll on out and into some live action BossToneS good fun.
The Bosstones last released The Magic of Youth in 2011 through Big Rig Records.