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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones announce support for annual Hometown Throwdown event

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have announced the supporting acts for their annual three night Hometown Throwdown event, at the House of Blues in Boston. Joining The Bosstones this year will be: The Aggrolites, Stray Bullets (December 28th), Bedouin Soundclash, Reggae Workers of the World (December 29th) and Color Killer (December 30th).

You can grab tickets for Hometown Throwdown here.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones released the album While We’re At It earlier this year, before embarking on a brief North American tour. Check out the video for the song “Mad Dash”, off the previously mentioned While We’re At It below



Something To Do (Ska) release video for “That Good Life”

Milwaukee ska-punks Something To Do have released a video for “That Good Life”, a track from their Design For Living album, which came out back in June.

You can have a watch below.



Hub City Stompers (ska-punk) release video for “Phantom”

New Jersey ska-punks Hub City Stompers have premiered a video with our pals at BlankTV for their song “Phantom”.  It’s a classic Hub City Stompers song where the good Reverend T Sinister laments the loss of friends to the prison system and the grave.

Check out the new video below.

Hub City Stompers recently released Haters Dozen earlier this year.



[spunge] release new single “Get Out”

UK ska punks [spunge] have released another new single, ‘Get Out’, which follows on from October’s release of “Liar“, through the bands own label, Dent’All Records. The singles are the band’s first new material since the 2014 LP Hold On.

Have a listen on Spotify – and check out the band’s upcoming tour dates below.



Beat The Smart Kids (ska-punk) stream new EP “Set Sail”

The Chicago based ska-punks of Beat The Smart Kids released their EP “Set Sail”. While we legally cannot endorse the beating of children, we do endorse this Less Than Jake-esque release which you can stream below.

The band doesn’t list any tour dates as of yet but check their Facebook page if you want to check them out!



The Brass Action releases split EP with Indications

Vancouver ska-punks The Brass Action are streaming their new split EP with fellow Vancouver band Indications.

The split is called Tall Boys, and you can give it a listen below.

Tall Boys was released on November 1st.



Grave Danger (“Goth Ska”, CA) Stream Debut EP “Let ‘Er Rip!”

Just in time for Halloween the spooky ska ensemble that is Grave Danger have released their debut EP. The effort is titled Let ‘Er Rip! and is a delightfully devilish take on a genre that’s usually synonymous with the cheerier things in life. Hilariously, the band refers to themselves as 666th wave ska and their lyrical content is perfect for the time of year being as it largely focuses on “skeletons, ghosts, and stuff”.

You can check out Let ‘Er Rip! below.



The Interrupters (ska) full acoustic performance

The Interrupters recently performed an impressive acoustic set (including a cover of ‘Be My Baby’) for ALT 98.7 FM.

Check out the entire show below.

The Interrupters released their third studio album “Fight the Good Fight” on June 29th via Hellcat Records.



The Sensations (ska) stream new album “Just Let Me Turn You Up’, announce tour dates

Japanese ska band The Sensations have released released their new album, “Just Let Me Turn you Up”, which you can stream below. The album is their Paper + Plastick debut.

Later this week, The Sensations will be appearing in the US with the Michigan punks of Mustard Plug. Dates and locations can also be found below.

“Just Let Me turn You Up” is a followup to 2017’s “Dig Your Own Grave” EP, released via I Hate Smoke Records.



Album Review: Millie Manders and the Shutup – “Shutup – EP”

One of my favorite things about punk, as a genre, is when chaos is expressed through mixing different genres and creating a sound that is unique. Millie Manders and the Shutup’s new release Shutup – EP gives us a glimpse of this magic.

The album opens with a soulful raspy solo vocal but quickly explodes into a cacophony of horns which is then subsequently mixed with an aggressive lyrical delivery that is equal parts UK grime and the punk-ska stylings of Sonic Boom 6. “The Right to Life”, a song about animal rights, showcases Millie’s vocal chops. From the opening jazzy solo, to the fast as lightning rap, to the growl through clenched teeth, this track blends a lot of influences and Millie is more than capable of delivering with style.

The second song “Brave” continues to explore the boundaries between grime and punk with some fantastic instrumentation. I cannot decide which part I like most, the bass and drum lines, the slick guitar work or the jazzy horns during the breakdown. It truly is allowing Millie Manders and the Shutup to “break the walls, burn down the doors, and recreate our (their) world” in a unique way.

“Lollipops” follows this with a more straightforward punk rock jam that has infectious guitar work pushed by a driving drum line and punctuated by a very busy horn section. In a song about the refugee crisis, they display both a high degree of empathy and rage.

The last of this four song trip is “One That Got Away” and it is a more traditional ska-core ripper. Featuring the classic back and forth between metal guitar riffs and loud blaring horns, it’s a song that would be at home on a Devils Night Out era Bosstones playlist. This song showcases Millie’s outstanding rockstar voice.

My concern with this album is that there is magic in the first two songs and they seem to move away from that as the album progresses. There is a unique sound that stands out among the plethora of ska/ska punk releases this year. Even “Lollipops” seems to be a natural derivative of this formula if you want to mix up the ingredients. Then comes “One That Got Away” which from a technical standpoint is a great ska-core song as it is catchy, poppy, and has a memorable chorus that will have you singing along. But so will a lot of other albums that have been released this year. The reason you will return to this album more often is found in the earlier songs.

Shutup – EP gets 4 stars from me, mainly because of the sample size. 3 out of the 4 songs are beautifully mashed chaos that demand attention. The fourth, while still being super solid ska-core, degrades the energy of the album. I know the math does not quite add up, but the album is so excellent otherwise, I rounded up on the stars.

4/5 Stars



Hub City Stompers Reverend T. Sinister talks about his life in the Hardcore/Ska/Skinhead scene

I recently had the opportunity to share some words with The Reverend T. Sinister of New Jersey’s premiere Ska-Punk band Hub City Stompers and below is what he had to say about his life and coming up in the New Jersey and New York Hardcore/Ska/Skinhead Scene.



Reel Big Fish announce new album “Life Sucks… Let’s Dance!”, premiere new single “You Can’t Have All Of Me”

Reel Big Fish are back with the surprise release of a new single titled, “You Can’t Have All Of Me,” and have announced plans to release ‘Life Sucks…Let’s Dance!,’ their first LP of brand new material in 6 years, on December 21 via Rock Ridge Music.

The single, a high energy skank-athom that is sure to please both longtime fans and new converts, is one of 14 new tracks that makes up the upcoming album. Check out the music for it below.



DS Exclusive: The Contenders (ska, rocksteady) premiere new song, “Double or Nothing”

It’s a good day for ska fans! Time to shine up your dancing shoes, pick your head up, and give tomorrow another whirl… (Today!) with this fresh new Jamaican beat about mulligans coming at you from Athens, Greece.

The Contenders are a soulful rocksteady band, originally conceived four years ago by two friends in Vathis Square, as a side-project. Since that time, their evolution has evinced itself in each new addition of colorful instrumentalists to the roster, providing eclectic melodies down to the jazzy roots. They’ve been picking up a bit of steam since 2017, when the current band line-up cemented itself into form, playing shows, and working with Vincent Fiorello (Less Than Jake) to release the new EP, “Jes Grew” on Paper + Plastick Records, out October 26 on flexi-disc. Order that phonosheet here.

The band came up blending legacies, the likes of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding with the sounds of the rudies. Decidedly coming into their own around 2017, with the current swinging seven-man line-up complementing each song with sexy trombone solos and saxophone arrangements. The Contenders have received a bit of industry love, of late- not to mention the love of the crowds for their intimate and lively performance- and we’ve got the exclusive first-take of their newest single “Double or Nothing” below… right in time for all the ghoulies and Frankenstein-folk to start skanking and mashing down your neighborhood street. I mean… I do it every Tuesday. Enjoy!



Something To Do (Ska) Release new video for “Good Night For Bad Decisions”

Milwaukee ska-punks Something To Do have released a video for their song “Good Night For Bad Decisions”. The video features some live footage and a tour of the local watering hole. The song itself, as most ska songs tend to do, simply put is pretty kick ass.

Give the new video a gander below.

The latest release for Something To Do is Design For Living, which was released in June of this year. If you’re a fan of The B Sharps or Mustard Plug you will most definitely be in to these guys.



[spunge] release new single “Liar”

UK ska-punks mainstays [spunge] are to release a new single, “Liar”, on Friday 19th October via their own label, Dent’all Records. The single is the band’s first new material since the 2014 LP Hold On. No advance stream is available, but it will be out on all digital platforms then. 

They also play a selection of dates in December – current dates below.