Voodoo Glow Skulls Keep It All in the Family

Categories: Ska

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Voodoo Glow Skulls

They say that family is the strongest bond and, when it comes to 25-year-old ska-punk veterans Voodoo Glow Skulls, a band which contains three brothers, the proof is in the pudding.

"The plus side is that family can communicate like no one else can usually; the downside is that there is less of a filter with family communication," says guitarist Eddie Casillas, when asked about the family aspect of the band.

His claim to their survival "is that the three brothers are just that, brothers, and [they] still like playing live. [They] can easily get away from each other for several weeks then regroup."

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Whether You Have a Date, Ska Prom Will Go On

Categories: Ska

Courtesy of Be Like Max
Be Like Max

Skalloween, Ska Prom, Ska-turday, Skanksgiving. For at least the duration of its third wave, the upbeat-heavy, horn-driven sound of ska has enjoyed giving its own spin to holidays and special occasions. This Sunday, after a three-year hiatus, Ska Prom returns to Pub Rock Live in Scottsdale.

Headlined by rising Las Vegas ska-punk upstarts Be Like Max, the show is a co-production of local ska DJs Beat Betty and Full Stop, and online radio station KUKQ Phoenix. But what is Ska Prom, you ask?

In the words of Steven DeRosia, also known as DJ Full Stop, it's an opportunity for rudeboys, mods, skinheads, and punks to embrace their fashion to the fullest. Whether that includes your best vest, suit, boots and braces, or Fred Perry shirt is up to you.

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Mustard Plug's Dave Kirchgessner: "Ska Is Still Kicking"

Categories: Q&A, Ska

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Mustard Plug is scheduled to perform Thursday, April 3, at Crescent Ballroom.

Not many bands have attained popularity and commercial success outside the mainstream music industry box the way that Mustard Plug has done. While they can't claim to be most famous ska-punk band in existence, the septet have amassed a sizable cult following, as well as radio-friendly songs and music videos, like "You" and "Everything Girl."

After forming in 1991 and, a year later, releasing a full-length tape on Dashiki Clout, Skapocalypse Now!, Mustard Plug released the popular Evildoers Beware! in 1997 via punk label Hopeless Records. This was the beginning of their zenith, coinciding with the mid-'90s ska craze, which would continue for roughly five years until their breakup in 2002.

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The Toasters - Crescent Ballroom - 2/12/14

Categories: Last Night, Ska

Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
The Toasters perform at Crescent Ballroom on Wednesday.

The Toasters
Crescent Ballroom

It's often said that good things come to those who wait. So after a decade of waiting, I finally got a chance Wednesday night to once again catch one of the oldest ska bands in the United States in concert: The Toasters.

And despite having fewer members these days than during its heyday of the '80s and '90s, the band still puts on an impressive show.

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