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
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
On a rainy Tuesday night, two days before Thanksgiving, I ventured to the intimate basement club Barboza Lounge on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Playing was British band Skinny Lister. This would be my third time seeing them but my first time seeing them at their own show. The last time I saw them was as . . . → Read More: A Rainy Tuesday Brings Skinny Lister to Seattle’s Barboza Lounge For A Wild Party, 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
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
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
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
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
On the evening of October 21 I experienced the sheer pleasure of seeing one of my long time favorites, Billy Bragg perform a two man show with pal Joe Henry. The venue was Seattle’s Neptune Theater.
These two men gave a stellar and congenial performance of mostly old American blues artists songs including a . . . → Read More: England’s Billy Bragg and Pal Joe Henry Bring Music and Political Talk to Seattle’s Neptune, 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
On October 5th I had the utmost pleasure of seeing Robyn Hitchcock play at an old converted church, now Fremont Abbey Arts Center. This was a very intimate show, almost like having him play in your living room. He played two sold out nights.
Robyn’s songs combine quirky, humorous lyrics with catchy melodies. This . . . → Read More: The Utmost Pleasure of Robyn Hitchcock, 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
Last Wednesday Sept 7, Seattle’s legendary Crocodile Cafe hosted a night of punk rock featuring Britain’s Subhumans.
Subhumans didn’t come on stage as much as they ignited it. Front man Dick Lucas flitted about the stage like a lit firecracker, standing in one place no longer than a second or two. He didn’t sing . . . → Read More: I Survived Another Night Of Wild Punk Bands Starring UK’s Subhumans, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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