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December Rings In With A Night Of Ska Featuring New York’s The Slackers, by Holly Homan

Thursday December first brought the return of NY ska masters the Slackers. They played to a packed house at the Crocodile and their second song into the set they played my favorite, Watch This. Of all the times I’ve seen them this is the second time they’ve played my favorite song and the first . . . → Read More: December Rings In With A Night Of Ska Featuring New York’s The Slackers, by Holly Homan

Punk Rock Legends the Dwarves Ride Into Seattle Like A Wild Tornado, by Holly Homan

It’s been two days since I saw the Dwarves play at Seattle’s Highline bar and my body still feels as though it’s been through the washing machine on the spin cycle. I’m still getting my spine back in alignment and sticking body parts back together. I can still feel the bruise I got on . . . → Read More: Punk Rock Legends the Dwarves Ride Into Seattle Like A Wild Tornado, by Holly Homan

Seattle’s Funhouse Hosts Greece Punks Barb Wire Dolls Along With Some Seattle Talent, by Holly Homan

Tuesday night Seattle’s Funhouse hosted a punk band all the way from Crete called Barb Wire Dolls. I saw the Dolls about a year and a half ago opening for Dead Men Walking, a sort of super group featuring members of the Living End, the Alarm, and the Stray Cats. I was so blown . . . → Read More: Seattle’s Funhouse Hosts Greece Punks Barb Wire Dolls Along With Some Seattle Talent, by Holly Homan

Canadian Punk Pioneers D.O.A. Headline A Night of Punk Rock at El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Saturday night November 12, Seattle’s foremost punk club El Corazon hosted Canadian punk legends D.O.A. Talk about raw punk power! This trio came out churning power chords and smashing drums like they were still 20 years old. Drummer goes by the name Paddy Duddy and reminded me of Animal from the Muppets with . . . → Read More: Canadian Punk Pioneers D.O.A. Headline A Night of Punk Rock at El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Ska Funk Legends Fishbone Headline A Two-Hour Plus Show at the Crocodile, by Holly Homan

Thursday November 10 brought LA Ska/funk masters Fishbone back to Seattle. Their first concert here in more than two years. The show was a sell out and Seattle’s Crocodile Café was packed.

Fishbone is a very eclectic band as well as versatile Front man Angelo Moore played about three different types of saxophones and . . . → Read More: Ska Funk Legends Fishbone Headline A Two-Hour Plus Show at the Crocodile, by Holly Homan

NOFX Return to Seattle For Fun Night Of Sweaty, Wild Punk Rock, by Holly Homan

On the evening of November 3, the Showbox Sodo hosted the triumphant and long awaited Seattle return of California punks NOFX. Lead singer/front man Fat Mike came out sporting a mohawk along with a short kilt and a new Bush/Quayle t-shirt. The significance of the latter was a mystery since much of the band’s . . . → Read More: NOFX Return to Seattle For Fun Night Of Sweaty, Wild Punk Rock, by Holly Homan

El Corazon Hosts A Night Of Dance Macabre Starring the Nekromantix, by Holly Homan

The evening after Halloween brought dance macabre to El Corazon starring the Nekromantix.

Singer Kim Nekroman, with his coffin shaped bass, held said bass above his head, held it like a guitar or straddled it all without missing a lick. On several occasions he even licked it. And he had high pitched screams down . . . → Read More: El Corazon Hosts A Night Of Dance Macabre Starring the Nekromantix, by Holly Homan

The Interrupters Headline A Night Of Punk/Ska at Seattle’s El Corazon, by Holly Homan

On October 11 I ventured out to El Corazon to see LA’s the Interrupters headline their own show. And what a show it was. This ska/pop/punk quartet riles up the audience by standing on the monitors, or leaning into the crowd. This is particularly done by front woman/singer Aimee Interrupter. She constantly leaned into . . . → Read More: The Interrupters Headline A Night Of Punk/Ska at Seattle’s El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Seattle’s Highline Hosts Skatoberfest With Five Northwest Ska Acts, by Holly Homan

Last Saturday, Oct first, Seattle’s Highline Tavern hosted the Skatoberfest featuring five ska acts. The headliners this time was the Seattleites. This was my second time seeing them in a week, but they’ve already grown as a band. Added this time were some amazing vocalists with personality to boot. Their main singer (Joseph Quinone) . . . → Read More: Seattle’s Highline Hosts Skatoberfest With Five Northwest Ska Acts, by Holly Homan

The Georgetown Orbits & Newcomers The Seattleites Bring Their Fine Ska Sounds To Seattle’s Royal Room, by Holly Homan

Friday night Sept 2 brought another night of beautiful ska music at yet another Seattle club. This time it was Georgetown Orbits and Seattleites at The Royal Room in SE Seattle — a club I have never been to before. Of course if they keep booking ska bands I’m sure it won’t be the . . . → Read More: The Georgetown Orbits & Newcomers The Seattleites Bring Their Fine Ska Sounds To Seattle’s Royal Room, by Holly Homan

Another Fun Ska Night Goes Down At the Nectar Lounge Featuring Butt Dial, The Austerman File and Skablins, by Holly Homan

Wednesday night August 31 Seattle’s Nectar Lounge hosted another night of wonderful ska bands. This time the evening was headlined by Butt Dial, a band I’ve been meaning to check out.

Butt Dial are wildly fun. They have a gimmick that includes wild costumes, rotating musicians (as in some musicians leaving the stage and . . . → Read More: Another Fun Ska Night Goes Down At the Nectar Lounge Featuring Butt Dial, The Austerman File and Skablins, by Holly Homan

A Cool August Night Brings Australia’s The Living End to Seattle’s Neumo’s Club, by Holly Homan

August 28 was a date I looked so forward to. The Living End, from Melbourne, Australia, were doing a US West Coast tour with a stop in Seattle. I have only seen The Living End at festivals. Once at End Fest on the Kitsap Peninsula in 2001 and at Warped Tour I think in . . . → Read More: A Cool August Night Brings Australia’s The Living End to Seattle’s Neumo’s Club, by Holly Homan

Wages Of Sin Headline Darrel’s Tavern On A Hot August Night, by Holly Homan

On a hot August 19 night Darrel’s Tavern just north of Seattle hosted a night of Seattle hillbilly, celtic and folk punk bands.

The headliner was Wages Of Sin. This Seattle quintet combined a bit of country, a bit of folk, a bit of punk and a heavy dose of Celtic and tossed it . . . → Read More: Wages Of Sin Headline Darrel’s Tavern On A Hot August Night, by Holly Homan

The Showbox Market Hosts the Return Of Ska Masters Streetlight Manifesto, by Holly Homan

Streetlight Manifesto in December 2011.

Last Saturday night was a long anticipated event, the return of NJ ska band Streetlight Manifesto.

SLM are a very tight band. They exude an energy on stage that is reflected in their music, but not in their physical actions. This is not a band that interacts much . . . → Read More: The Showbox Market Hosts the Return Of Ska Masters Streetlight Manifesto, by Holly Homan

The Legendary Dickies & the Queers Headline A Night Of Punk Rock At El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Friday night July 8 Seattle’s foremost punk club, El Corazon, hosted one of punk’s foremost bands, the Dickies. Hailing from So Cal, the Dickies have been around since 1977 and are essentially the clowns, the satire of punk rock while still being punk. The band integrates numerous props in their performance including an anatomically . . . → Read More: The Legendary Dickies & the Queers Headline A Night Of Punk Rock At El Corazon, by Holly Homan

After A Long Hiatus, LA’s Tiger Army Returns to the Stage at Seattle’s El Corazon, by Holly Homan

On Saturday June 25 the long awaited return of So Cal’s Tiger Army came to El Corazon. The last time Tiger Army played in Seattle I think it was 2008 or 2009. The band took some time off, but Seattle hadn’t forgotten them. The club was packed and there was already a good crowd . . . → Read More: After A Long Hiatus, LA’s Tiger Army Returns to the Stage at Seattle’s El Corazon, by Holly Homan

The Tallest View West Of The Mississippi, by Chuck Strom

The Columbia Sky Observatory in Seattle, WA offers the tallest view available to the public west of the Mississippi. It can be a little frustrating to negotiate the surrounding one-way streets to get there, but the panorama is well worth the effort and the $14 fee. The Columbia Observatory may not be as well-known . . . → Read More: The Tallest View West Of The Mississippi, by Chuck Strom

Moral Crux Headlines Rowdy Night Of Pure Punk Rock, by Holly Homan

Last Saturday I headed back to the Highline for a sweaty, rowdy night of pure punk rock. Headlining the event was Moral Crux, a band I’d seen once before and was totally blown away by. They blew me away again. Front man James Farris is the quintessential punk. Sporting short platinum spikes, tight leopard . . . → Read More: Moral Crux Headlines Rowdy Night Of Pure Punk Rock, by Holly Homan

Britain’s Subways Bring Power Pop and Charisma To Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, by Holly Homan

Wednesday night April 27, Seattle’s Tractor Tavern hosted England’s Subways. Bursting with power and dripping with charisma, the band is led by they very boyish looking Billy Lunn. Add his brother Josh Morgan who thrashes the drum kit like a wild animal and Charlotte Cooper on bass.

Charlotte was no slouch in the . . . → Read More: Britain’s Subways Bring Power Pop and Charisma To Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, by Holly Homan

Night One of How I Spent My Ska Fest Weekend, by Holly Homan

It Gets Worse

Friday night April 22 I headed to Seattle’s Highline Bar for the first night of the 2016 Seattle Ska Fest. I’d been looking forward to this show for a long time that even the head cold I’d come down with earlier that day wouldn’t keep me away. Due to having to . . . → Read More: Night One of How I Spent My Ska Fest Weekend, by Holly Homan