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Abraskadabra (Ska, Brazil) Stream EP “Welcome to the B-Side”

Brazilian ska punk ensemble Abraskadabra are allowing fans to stream their latest EP. The two-track effort is titled Welcome to the B-Side and was recorded “at a house on the top of the hills” – sounds pleasant indeed! 

Welcome to the B-Side is the latest music from Abraskadabra since their album Welcome earlier this year. You can listen to the whole EP below.



Hub City Stompers Jenny Whiskey spills on her life as a 20 year veteran of the ska-punk skinhead scene

Jenny Whiskey has been playing the saxophone and singing in Ska/Punk bands for over 20 years and has garnered a reputation as one of the most accomplished and sought after sax players in the scene today. Here we were able catch up with her a little and hear about her beginnings, and what got her into her local ska/punk and skinhead scene.

Read her story below.



Cranking and Skanking Fest primer

Today’s the day! The Cranking and Skanking Fest in Worcester, MA kicks off in just a few hours. Headlined by The Mighty Mighty BossTones and featuring Toots and the Maytals, The Bouncing Souls, Fishbone, The Pietasters, and The Planet Smashers. It’s an impressive list of ska punk legends.

I am hoping to give you a glimpse at some of the New England locals that should have you getting to the festival a little early and potentially sneaking off to the indoor stage. Included in this list are Michael Kane and the Morning Afters, The Hempsteadys, Sweet Babylon, Color Killer, Senior Discount, and The Doped Up Dollies. Many of who have released new albums which could be showing up on some year end lists.

Check out some highlights from these bands below.



Jacob Horn Trio (Ska, IL) Stream Latest Album “Why Though?”

Illinois-based ska(ish) band Jacob Horn Trio has just released their latest full-length album. The effort is titled Why Though? and features 12 tracks of what the band themselves describe as “Chicago horn rock for fans of music.” You can listen to the full album below for free. That said, if you like it, you should definitely buy it!

The previous release from Jacob Horn Trio was their two track EP Because.



The Hempsteadys release video for “Still Life with Woodpecker”

The Hempsteadys have released a new music video for “Still Life with Woodpecker”, the first track off their latest album Séance! Séance! It gives us a glimpse of what kind of rowdy energy the band provides in a live setting, except this time it’s from an alleyway in New London, CT.

Check out the video below.



J. Navarro & The Traitors release video for “Fancy Things”

J. Navarro & The Traitors, the new ska band featuring Jay Navarro of Suicide Machines, Break Anchor, Hellmouth, have released a new music video for their song “Fancy Things.”

You can check it out below.

“Fancy Things” comes from the bands’ latest EP, Short Changed Future, which was released in March 2017.



The B Sharps (ska-punk) streaming new album “Plan B’s Get Degrees”

California ska-punks The B Sharps are streaming their new album Plan B’s Get Degrees. The thirteen song full length is being released through Punk & Disorderly Records and is chock full of reggae inspired ska.

Give this beauty a listen below.

This is the first new music from The B Sharps since the 2015’s “A” For Effort. If you’re a fan of Mustard Plug or Catch 22 you will undoubtedly take to these guys as I have and will want to throw this album on your next playlist.



Something to Do release video for “I’ve Made a Huge Mistake”

Milwaukee’s finest ska punks Something to Do display some mad green screen skills with their new video for “I’ve Made a Huge Mistake”. They released Design for Living in June and “I’ve Made a Huge Mistake” is the first single.

Check out the highly energetic magic below.



Album Review: The Hempsteadys “Séance! Séance!”

My first thought when I heard that The Hempsteadys were releasing Séance! Séance! was that this is going to be the party album of the fall. The self described P-Funk of Street Punk are known for their super high energy ska and reggae, as proven on their last album El Amor de Los Muertos, a rocksteady opera from 2015.

Much to my surprise Séance! Séance! opens with “Still Life With Woodpecker” and “Compass” a pair of songs that are reminiscent of 1372 Overton Park from Lucero, hard driving barroom rock with a horn section that delivers a punch. This sets the stage for the expectations from the rest of the album. Gone are the conceptual operatic love songs about monsters, here are heartfelt lyrics layered over hard driving rhythms with soaring guitars and a horn section that knows when to strike. “Classic Cars,” “Ghost of Joe Strummer” and “The Well” showcase this sound with surgical precision.

All of this does not mean that they have abandoned their ska reggae roots. The first reminder shows up on “When Dead are Undead”, which features the incomparable Vinny Noble, and delivers a song that picks up exactly where “Ghost Town” from the Specials leaves off. Its an eerie two-tone rocker with multiple solos that will haunt you well after the song ends. “Temple of Boom” continues this hauntingly good rocksteady vibe but gives us a little dub twist. Which is the absolute perfect slow down and recover before the banger that is “Rudy Comes From the Street,” a lively foot stomper that will definitely have you dancing to the beat. The album ends with “Box Fan” which made me think of all the nights I spent skanking to the English Beat. It is a steady rocking number with a horn line that defies you to not get off your feet.

If Bruce Springsteen had a one night stand with the Specials this would be the result. An album that makes me reach for my whiskey while compulsively heading for the dance floor. It’s straightforward rock and roll with a two-tone soul.

5/5 Stars



DS Exclusive: Stream the Hempsteadys new album, “Séance! Séance!”

We’re excited to bring you the exclusive stream of ska/punk small army The Hempsteadys, newest album, “Séance! Séance!” The eleven-piece group has more people than I can fit in my apartment (at least without an awful lot of dismemberment, that, frankly, I don’t have the energy for) and hails from New London, Connecticut.

“Séance! Séance!” is the Hempsteadys’ sophomore album, and if you like big, loud, ska with touches of the Clash & Bouncing Souls tempered with reggae beats, you should definitely check out the stream below. The album will be released August 1st and can be purchased at bandcamp.

The Hempsteadys first album was 2015’s “El Amor de Los Muertos.”



DS Exclusive: Warped Tour Bids Adieu To Hartford For The Last Time (The Interrupters, This Wild Life, Falling In Reverse and more)

Yes, this is yet another Warped Tour story written by a white guy in his mid-thirties. Relax; I’ll spare you the twenty-five-hundred word rumination on the demise of the Warped Tour as it enters the home stretch of its twenty-fourth — and final — jaunt around North America. It’s not the same as it used to be and I’ve long been wildly out of touch with most of what’s popular there and, ultimately, none of that matters. Yours truly’s first excursion to Warped Tour took place a three-hour drive from my house at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, MA, in 1997; a show that featured Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Pennywise and Blink-182 and Suicide Machines and Limp Bizkit and a sunburn the likes of which I’m still recovering from. I’ve made a total of eight trips to various different renditions of the Kevin Lyman-helmed annual punk rock summer camp over the years, and there’s no denying that the sheer scale and the popular music trends of the day have morphed a few times. And you can certainly make the argument that the corporate sponsorship bleedover has long since become “too much,” though I’d also present the case that a touring festival of this magnitude wouldn’t have lasted nearly a quarter-century without it.

What hasn’t changed since those early days, however, are the consumers that compose the core that turns out year-after-year; Warped Tour remains a rallying place for the misfits and weirdos and the punks and the metal kids and the hardcore kids to immerse themselves in a total sensory overload of punishing heat and loud music and art and food and more. Warped Tour could run for a hundred more years (much to Lyman’s chagrin) and that part would remain constant.

The touring lineup for Warped’s final run left more than a little to be desired in “the comment sections” of the internet, but you’d never know it from the gigantic crowd that showed up last Sunday in Hartford. The amphitheater portion of the Meadows Music Theatre – er, Dodge Music Theatre or Comcast Theatre or Xfinity Theatre or whatever we’re calling it nowadays – was packed to the gills all day, taking in main stage split in two to accommodate the Journeys Left Foot and Right Foot stages. It was far and away the most crowded I’ve seen in the four Warped Tour’s I’ve ventured to Hartford for. Truthfully, I was primarily there for The Interrupters. Fresh off the release of their third – and best – album, Fight The Good Fight (Hellcat Records), the quartet (with Reel Big Fish’s Billy Kottage filling in on keys and horns) are, without question, the most “old school Warped Tour” band of the newer school generation. A couple years back, they drew a decent crowd on the indoor stage at the 2016 Warped Tour; this year they had a huge, vocal fanbase out in full force and even whipped up a circle pit or two. Maybe the kids are alright after all.

We took in a handful of other events at the daylong festival. 3OH!3 played the Journeys Left Foot Stage just before The Interrupters, though we missed the “photo pit” portion of their frantic thirty-minute set. Epitaph Records’ duo This Wild Life manned the Right Foot stage immediately thereafter, and were a refreshing uptempo acoustic emo change of pace. Falling In Reverse played directly after The Interrupters and…well…made yours truly feel even older than he felt last time he saw Ronnie Radke and crew at Warped a few years ago. Also…there was a pretty sketchy wrestling ring set up on the midway of the festival grounds with several three-way matches (including the one pictured above with a guy in what we think is a crawfish jumpsuit) providing a different sort of entertainment for those who didn’t mind baking in the sun and basking in the glow of the Fried Dough food truck.

For our full photo gallery featuring primarily Interrupters shots, head below!



The Bar Stool Preachers (ska-punk) release video for “Choose My Friends”

Brighton ska-punk outfit The Bar Stool Preachers have released a video for their new song “Choose My Friends”. The song comes off of the band’s upcoming album Grazie Governo and features the lovely rasp of  Aimee Interrupter of The Interrupters. The new album will be available August 3rd wherever you get your digital music.

You can check out the rad new video below.

This is the first new release from the Brighton ska-punks since 2016’s Blatant Propaganda. if you’re a fan of The Interrupters or The Toasters you will undoubtedly enjoy these guys.



The Bar Stool Preachers (ska-punk) release video for “Grazie Governo”

Brighton UK ska-punk band The Bar Stool Preachers have released the 2nd part of their Grazie Governovideo music video trilogy (see The Bar Stool Preachers release new video for Warchief..” from July 11).

Watch the video for the title track from their Grazie Governo LP below.

The LP is due out August 3rd.



Mephiskapheles announce US tour

Satan’s favorite ska punk band Mephiskapheles are embarking on a massive tour of the US that takes them through the end of the year. This tour sees them share the stage with Streetlight Manifesto on about half the dates.

Mephiskapheles last released their self-titled album in 2015.

Check out the tour dates below.



Kill Lincoln (Ska, DC) End Hiatus With a Load of Release News

DC ska punks Kill Lincoln are back in action after a brief hiatus. They’ve just announced pre-sales for the vinyl pressing of their 2015 EP, Good Riddance to Good Advice. The release will be combined with single “Second Cities” which has a collection of live tracks on the B Side. 

The band has also announced that the pressing will be on their newly formed label Bad Time Records which will focus exclusively on ska and punk releases. 

In addition to all of the above, Kill Lincoln will be on tour this August with the New Orleans ska punk outfit Joystick, hitting the East Coast and Midwest from August 10-18.  

You can pre-order “Good Riddance to Good Advice” now here and the tour dates are below.