New Orleans Ska Septet Joystick Headline Their First Seattle Show on Halloween Night at the Funhouse, by Holly Homan

On Halloween night I ventured to the Funhouse to see a new ska band I’d recently discovered called Joystick. This seven-piece hails from New Orleans and not only was this my first time seeing them, it was their first time in Seattle. Though they self-identify as a ska band, they seemed half ska and . . . → Read More: New Orleans Ska Septet Joystick Headline Their First Seattle Show on Halloween Night at the Funhouse, by Holly Homan

The Creepshow Return to Seattle for a Grungy, Saccharin & Rowdy Show, by Holly Homan

On the balmy Sunday night of October 22 I ventured to the Funhouse to see the Creepshow. This punk quartet hails from Montreal and combines sweat, grit and charm into one tight package. Singer and guitarist, Kenda oozes so much charm, I left feeling like I’d had a major sugar overdose, but I . . . → Read More: The Creepshow Return to Seattle for a Grungy, Saccharin & Rowdy Show, by Holly Homan

So. Cal’s Aquabats Bring Their Sci-Fi Kids’ Show and Punk/Ska Music Back to Seattle, by Holly Homan

October has been a prolific month for concerts but the one I’ve looked forward to t most happened Thursday October 19 at the Showbox where the Aquabats headlined. Promoting their brand new album High Five Soup, the Aquabats, led by Mc Bat Commander were pure entertainment. This show was also a family affair. Spearheaded . . . → Read More: So. Cal’s Aquabats Bring Their Sci-Fi Kids’ Show and Punk/Ska Music Back to Seattle, by Holly Homan

Former Go-Go’s Member Jane Wiedlin Fronts Elettrodomestico at the Sunset Tavern, by Holly Homan

On Wednesday night October 18, I braved stormy weather and headed to the Sunset Tavern in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Playing was a band called Elettrodomestico with Jane Wiedlin (formerly of the Go-Go’s) playing guitar and singing lead vocals. Playing with her were Joe Gore (P.J. Harvey & Tom Waits) on bass, Dawn Richardson . . . → Read More: Former Go-Go’s Member Jane Wiedlin Fronts Elettrodomestico at the Sunset Tavern, by Holly Homan

Splatterhouse Wreckords and Ruckus in the Records presents The Splatterhous: A Fun-Filled Night Featuring Many Acts including the Silver Shine, the Rocketz and Black Eyed Vermillion, by Holly Homan

Silver Shine

On Saturday night October 14 I once again ventured out to El Corazon, this time to see a series of bands in what was dubbed The Splatterhous. My main reason for attending was to see The Silver Shine, a great psychobilly trio from Budapest.

The event started at 5:00, but I . . . → Read More: Splatterhouse Wreckords and Ruckus in the Records presents The Splatterhous: A Fun-Filled Night Featuring Many Acts including the Silver Shine, the Rocketz and Black Eyed Vermillion, by Holly Homan

The Nekromantix Return to Seattle for a Night of All Things Macabre, by Holly Homan

Friday October 6 brought a return of psychobilly heroes the Nekromantix with a night of macabre themes.

Lead singer and upright bassman Kim Nekroman came on stage wearing all black with his signature bass shaped like a child’s coffin with the head stock shaped like a cross. But he didn’t just beat the bass . . . → Read More: The Nekromantix Return to Seattle for a Night of All Things Macabre, by Holly Homan

Agent Orange Blast Seattle’s El Corazon Into a Whole New Galaxy With Their Wild Punk Style, by Holly Homan

I couldn’t call myself a punk rocker if I didn’t go to see Agent Orange, so of course I made the trek to El Corazon on Sept 30 to do just that. I have never seen AO before, but as Bullwinkle J. Moose once said, there’s a first time for everything.

This So. Cal . . . → Read More: Agent Orange Blast Seattle’s El Corazon Into a Whole New Galaxy With Their Wild Punk Style, by Holly Homan

The Posies’ Ken Stringfellow Brings Tears of Silver to a Cozy Church In North Seattle, by Holly Homan

On a warm evening on Sept 28 I had the utmost privilege of seeing Ken Stringfellow (originally from the Posies) with friends, (Jesse Chandler of Midlake on keys/vox, Jonathan Donahue of Mercury Rev on guitar/vox, Grasshopper of Mercury Rev on guitar/harmonica/vox) perform in a church in Seattle’s Phinney neighborhood across the street from . . . → Read More: The Posies’ Ken Stringfellow Brings Tears of Silver to a Cozy Church In North Seattle, by Holly Homan

The Sunny Warm Weather Held Strong for the Punk In Drublic Fest Starring NOFX & Other Punk Bands, by Holly Homan

Bad Cop Bad Cop

Saturday Sept 16th kicked off the Punk In Drublic tour, the brain child of Fat Mike, front man of NOFX. This west coast tour was designed not only to showcase some great punk bands, but also multiple types of beer. This concert, held on the grounds of Tacoma’s Le May . . . → Read More: The Sunny Warm Weather Held Strong for the Punk In Drublic Fest Starring NOFX & Other Punk Bands, by Holly Homan

Goldfinger Front Man Sits Down for a Chat With EPB During Tacoma’s Punk In Drublic Show, by Holly Homan

Last Saturday the Punk In Drublic tour kicked off in Tacoma, WA and I had the esteemed privilege of sitting down for a chat with front man and founding member of Goldfinger, John Feldmann. I found him to be very congenial, intelligent and passionate (but he wouldn’t be the artist he is without passion). . . . → Read More: Goldfinger Front Man Sits Down for a Chat With EPB During Tacoma’s Punk In Drublic Show, by Holly Homan

Australia’s The Living End Crash Land at Seattle’s Crocodile Club w/ Two Great Punk Openers, by Holly Homan

It’s Tuesday night in Seattle and two great punk bands are playing at two different locations. Should I hang with the Irish and go see Stiff Little Fingers for their 40th anniversary tour or should I go to the Crocodile to see Australia’s The Living End. Decisions, decisions. Of all the 365 nights in . . . → Read More: Australia’s The Living End Crash Land at Seattle’s Crocodile Club w/ Two Great Punk Openers, by Holly Homan

Punk In Drublic, A Major Punk Fest Comes to Tacoma’s LeMay Car Museum & Other West Coast Dates, by Holly Homan

On September 16th a major punk event is coming to Tacoma, WA. At the Le May Car Museum from noon to 10 p.m. major punk bands like NOFX, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, Goldfinger, Bad Cop Bad Cop all on one bill for one glorious afternoon/evening. This is part of a west coast . . . → Read More: Punk In Drublic, A Major Punk Fest Comes to Tacoma’s LeMay Car Museum & Other West Coast Dates, by Holly Homan

After Waiting 35 Years, I Finally Get to See Two-Tone Legends the Selecter but Trek to Portland to Do It, by Holly Homan

Thirty-five years ago I discovered ska music – in particular, Two-Tone ska music. The Selecter was one of those Two-Tone bands who were my first real introduction to ska music. As far as I know they never played Seattle – not since I’ve known of them. Really, they’ve barely set foot on US . . . → Read More: After Waiting 35 Years, I Finally Get to See Two-Tone Legends the Selecter but Trek to Portland to Do It, by Holly Homan

Seafair Weekend Ends with at El Corazon for a Night of Punk Rock Featuring the Bombpops, by Holly Homan

After spending the fifth and sixth of August watching the Blue Angels fly, I ended the weekend with yet another trip to El Corazon. This time it was to see a group called the Bombpops. This quartet from Ocean City, CA, has two very charming young women fronting the band. They shared lead vocals . . . → Read More: Seafair Weekend Ends with at El Corazon for a Night of Punk Rock Featuring the Bombpops, by Holly Homan

A Steamy Hot Night at Seattle’s El Corazon Brings Hard Core Starring He Is Legend, By Holly Homan

On the night of August third I ventured out to one of my favorite haunts, El Corazon. This time it was a hard core punk show with He Is Legend headlining.

He Is Legend is a five-piece from Wilmington, NC with lots of hair. They are fronted by the very energetic and dynamic . . . → Read More: A Steamy Hot Night at Seattle’s El Corazon Brings Hard Core Starring He Is Legend, By Holly Homan

Yogoman Burning Band With Winston Jarrett Fill Seattle’s Pono Ranch Lounge with Succulent Reggae, Ska Sounds, By Holly Homan

It was a warm Saturday night when I ventured out to a place I’d never been before called Pono Ranch. Nestled under the Ballard Bridge on the north side of Seattle’s Ship Canal (a canal that separates north and south Seattle). This time I was taking in some more ska/reggae put forth by Seattle’s . . . → Read More: Yogoman Burning Band With Winston Jarrett Fill Seattle’s Pono Ranch Lounge with Succulent Reggae, Ska Sounds, By Holly Homan

Tiger Army Return to Seattle Co-Headlining with Indiana’s Murder By Death at Seattle’s Showbox, By Holly Homan

After about a decade in hiatus mode LA’s Tiger Army is back at it with a new album and new tour. I had the utmost pleasure of seeing them at Seattle’s Showbox on July 2, this time co-headlining with Murder By Death. I arrived just after Tiger Army came on stage and just before . . . → Read More: Tiger Army Return to Seattle Co-Headlining with Indiana’s Murder By Death at Seattle’s Showbox, By Holly Homan

So Cal Ska Masters Mad Caddies Pack the Nectar Lounge, by Holly Homan

Sunday June 18th was not only Father’s Day but also the day the Mad Caddies played in Seattle. This time they returned to the Nectar Lounge in the one Seattle neighborhood that’s kept its counter culture charm, Fremont.

Front man Chuck Robertson came out sporting his usual scruffy look (unshaven, unkempt) and his usual . . . → Read More: So Cal Ska Masters Mad Caddies Pack the Nectar Lounge, by Holly Homan

Big D & the Kid’s Table Headline A Fun Night Of SKA Music at Seattle’s El Corazon, By Holly Homan

On Sunday night June 11 I had the extreme pleasure of seeing Boston’s ska band, Big D & the Kid’s Table do a show at Seattle’s El Corazon. This time they were commemorating the tenth anniversary of the release of their iconic album Strictly Rude, which they performed in its entirety (among other . . . → Read More: Big D & the Kid’s Table Headline A Fun Night Of SKA Music at Seattle’s El Corazon, By Holly Homan

Punk Rock Cover Band Brings Their Fun & Zany Show to the Showbox Market, by Holly Homan

Thursday May 4 I had the esteemed privilege of seeing punk rock cover band Me First & the Gimme Gimmes. Me First, for those of you unfamiliar with them, are a punk band who turn non-punk songs into punk songs. “Songs like Leavin’ On A Jet Plane,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” etc.

Jay Bentley . . . → Read More: Punk Rock Cover Band Brings Their Fun & Zany Show to the Showbox Market, by Holly Homan