ska Archive

PILFERS playing @GRAMERCYTHEATRE on 1/19/14 – WIN TIX with LIVE HIGH FIVE! @PilfersNYC #NYC #SKA

The always incredible, OG lineup of NYC Ska Legends PILFERS are back in the saddle and primed to rock New York City on January 19th at one of the best venues in the Big Apple, Gramercy Theatre! Metro Stylee, The Big Takeover, and Mark U round out the bill! As a long-time fan of the band, […]

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Interview with Yesod Williams from PEPPER @pepperlive; New s/t album available in store right NOW!

There is something about the groove of Jamaican-influenced music, and Kailua Kona, Hawaii reggae/rock trio Pepper are the perfect band for warm weather fun. Think ice-cold drinks, girls wearing next to nothing, BBQ’s, and a laid back good time.… Can you dig it? All of these seem to flourish with a good soundtrack, and Pepper […]

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Drummer Spotlight with Ryland Steen from @ReelBigFish @dwdrums @sabianvault #drummers

What’s the difference between a drummer and a savings bond? One will mature and make money. Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXIST.  Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ butts shaking, and ultimately determine whether or […]

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Drummer Spotlight with Jim Margle from Counterpunch/W.A.T.U. #punk #ska #drummers

What is the difference between a drummer and a savings bond? 
 One will mature and make money. Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXIST.  Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ butts shaking, and ultimately determine […]

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Drummer Spotlight with Derek Davis from Big D and The Kids Table; On @VansWarpedTour NOW!

Why do guitarists put drumsticks on the dash of their car?
 So they can park in the handicapped spot. Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY FUCKING DON’T EXIST.  Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ butts shaking, and […]

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Audio Interview with Big D and The Kids Table; “Stomp” and “Stroll” out TODAY! #BOSTON #SKA

Longtime Boston Ska favorites Big D and The Kids Table had a BIG day today, releasing 2 (yes 2!!!) brand new albums. You can go pick up Stomp, Stroll, or both, RIGHT HERE! And while you’re at it, check out our first audio interview on Live High Five. It’s one with the full band, with full […]

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Interview with Steve Jackson from The Pietasters; Playing #APPLESTOMP @irvingplaza THIS SATURDAY (6/1) #ska

It’s never a bad time to catch up with The Pietasters! The DC Ska legends, both for their tunes and hard partying ways, are one of very few groups that bring as much excitement to their crowds as they do inebriation, so you know you’ll have a blast when they take the stage. The morning […]

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Interview with Richard “Sammy” Brooks from The Scofflaws; Playing #APPLESTOMP this saturday! #ska

Huntington, NY 5-piece The Scofflaws were recently announced as an additional act on the first year of Apple Stomp, and what an excellent inclusion for this already incredible lineup! Blending Ska, Rocksteady, and RnB, The Scofflaws brings as much attitude to their performances as they do groove. Good shit!!!

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Drummer Spotlight with James Blanck (Pilfers); Playing #APPLESTOMP 5/31 @asbestosrecords @irvingplaza

What do you call a beautiful woman on a drummer’s arm? 
 A tattoo. Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXIST.  Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ butts shaking, and ultimately determine whether or not the band […]

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Interview with Vic Ruggiero from The Slackers! Playing Rochester, NY’s Bug Jar TONIGHT and @applestomp @theslackersband

New York City’s The Slackers are probably the most constantly hard working band representing NYC SKA at this time. Not that this is a new phenomenon or anything, but whenever I look up or turn my head, The Slackers are going on tour, releasing something, or otherwise in the news with side projects and this […]

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Interview with Marc Wasserman from Bigger Thomas; Playing #APPLESTOMP @irvingplaza @asbestosrecord

NY/NJ’s Bigger Thomas is one of many, many acts that will be taking the stage at Irving Plaza from May 31st through June 1st for the first installment of The Apple Stomp (that I personally hope becomes an annual event.) Representing my first interview with a 9-piece band (Slipknot wasn’t available,) Bigger Thomas are celebrating […]

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Interview with Jimmy Doyle from THE FAD; Playing #APPLESTOMP @IRVINGPLAZA @ASBESTOSRECORDS

Long Island NY’s The Fad was one of the most fun bands I ever saw in the mid-2000’s. With a lightning quick attack and a ridiculously high stage energy, 4-piece punk-ska band tore through sets in some of the stickiest, grossest rooms I have ever had the pleasure of entering. You know you had fun […]

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Interview with Dan Potthast from MU330; Playing #APPLESTOMP @irvingplaza @asbestosrecords

St. Louis, Missouri’s quintet MU330 is playing Apple Stomp on June 1st at Irving Plaza in New York City. AWESOME!!! Am I alone when I say I’ve never had the privilege of checking them out live before? Though primary songwriter and lyricist Dan Potthast has remained very active in the independent music scene, MU330’s absence […]

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Album Review: Streetlight Manifesto “The Hands That Thieve,” out 4/30 on @victoryrecords

Streetlight Manifesto is dropping a new record… For real this time. It isn’t like the group ever had plans of not releasing their 5th album, The Hands That Thieve, but am I wrong when I say it seemed like the damn thing would never come out? 5 years? Yeesh! Anywho, after much anxiety and anticipation, […]

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Interview with Justin Lloyd from MRS. SKANNOTTO; New album “All These Evolutions” out now! @mrsskannotto #ska

Long-running Rochester, NY Ska band Mrs. Skannotto have recently taken a serious leap into the world of full-time musicianship. Though a staple of the 518 scene for almost a decade and a half, only now has the group decided to pursue their craft on a more serious level. And if you want to talk about […]

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Drummer Spotlight with Mike Costa from Bomb The Music Industry and Arrogant Sons of Bitches

What is the difference between a drummer and a savings bond? One will mature and make money. Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T FUCKING EXIST (with exception for The Beatles.)  Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ […]

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Interview with Mike Sarason from THE PINSTRIPES; On tour with THE SLACKERS right now!

Cincinnati, Ohio’s The Pinstripes are nearing their 10 year mark as a band, proving to non-believers and those who “Liked Ska in High School” that the genre is still alive and kicking! It’s party music… Don’t you like to party? With a hefty blend of soulful melodies, groovy rhythms, and the obligatory horn stabs and […]

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Interview with Joshua Waters Rudge from THE SKINTS (@theskints); Someone bring them to America already!!!

The Skints need to come to America, like yesterday. Representing East London Reggae, this UK quartet’s brilliant mix of ska, dub, reggae, hip hop, and punk is possibly the best thing I’ve heard come out of the current wave of the underground in a long time, and we needed it. If you need even an […]

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Interview with Rob “Bucket” Hingley from The Toasters; Show Review by Liz below

Long Live Ska, the highly entertaining/influential/bastardized forefather to reggae music. Don’t dig Ska? Lemme guess… You were probably a fan back in high school, when you were trying to fit in by trying to not fit in, and lost your enthusiasm for the music as soon as you went to college, where you discovered Sub-Pop […]

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Interview with Stephen Jackson from The Pietasters

Washington D.C.’s The Pietasters are one of the longest running Ska bands on the market today. Formed in 1990, the soul slinging, hard partying band represents the finest of youthful energy combined with adult situations. Anyone who has seen the group can tell you that their performances are lighthearted, beer saturated dance-a-thons that feature bouncy […]

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Less Than Jake and Fear Nuttin Band in Hartford, Ct. 8/19/12

  The lovely and talented Pam Janutolo, along with ska record pressing maniac Matt Flood from Asbestos Records, made a trip to Hartford last weekend to catch a 4-way throw down at Comcast Center featuring Fear Nuttin Band, Less Than Jake, Pepper, and Sublime with Rome. While we couldn’t get full access to all the […]

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Reel Big Fish “Candy Coated Fury” Album Review

It’s the middle of summer and it seems that Reel Big Fish has come out with the perfect album for the season. Candy Coated Fury, RBF’s latest edition to their discography of fun-loving, sarcastic hits, is packed full of all the things that make us love them.  From their killer horn licks, snarky break-up songs, and […]

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Pilfers Interview with Coolie Ranx

I gotta say… It’ll be a cold day in Hell when I stop thinking about the insanity and amusement of my many experiences watching The Pilfers perform. Formed when members Coolie Ranx, Vinnie Nobile, James Blanck, Anna Milet-Meyer, and Nick Bacon left their spots in The Toasters, Bim Skala Bim, Skinnerbox, and The Erratics (respectively), […]

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Edna’s Goldfish Interview with Brian Diaz

Let it be well known that a band doesn’t have to be around very long to have a tremendous impact on their genre. From 1997-2000, Edna’s Goldfish set the Long Island Ska scene on fire with their infectiously poppy, ridiculously energetic live performances. Touring with many of the heavyweights of the genre, the group exploded […]

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Reel Big Fish Interview with Johnny Christmas and Derek Gibbs

The 3rd Wave of Ska Music came and went in a mighty rush. Due in large part to MTV and the formation of Warped Tour in 1995, Ska was thrust into a spotlight it had never before seen, and hasn’t seen since. It always intrigues me when I hear people say that they “used to […]

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Suburban Legends Interview with Brian and Vince

Everybody get ready to move around… A lot! Hailing from Huntington Beach, California, Suburban Legends play some of the poppiest Ska-Rock stuff around. Also incredibly hardworking, the group may very well hold the record for most shows played in a single year. Need a number? Almost 1000 in 2002! In a double dose of 3rd […]

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The Aggrolites Interview with Roger Rivas

L.A. based The Aggrolites are hitting the Saranac Brewery opening for Slightly Stoopid in the coming months, and Ska/Reggae fans be damned if they miss it! A rare treat for Upstate NY, The Aggrolites plays a style of music they have dubbed “Dirty Reggae,” and the name fits like a glove.

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