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
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
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
Attention all you fans of punk pop, have you heard of the Subways? They’re an English punk pop trio and they’re coming to the Northwest this next week.
Think New Found Glory meets the Runaways. They have a brand video out called Dirty Muddy Paws. Check it out here.
They’re playing Seattle . . . → Read More: English (Underground?) Punk-Pop Trio, The Subways to Rock the Northwest, by Holly Homan
Tuesday night February 9 marked the annual return of ska masters The Toasters. They embarked immediately on long time favorites, “I’m Running Right Through the World” and “Pirate Radio,” but it was when they played “Weekend In LA” that the dance floor really lit up. I didn’t see a still body on that dance . . . → Read More: Seattle’s Funhouse Hosts New York’s The Toasters for a Fun Night Of Ska, by Holly Homan
It’s January the first and it’s my first concert of the year. After being out until well past midnight seeing the fireworks shoot off the Space Needle, I was exhausted all the next day and wouldn’t have made the effort for any lesser band. But the Crocodile Cafe, in the heart of Seattle’s Belltown, . . . → Read More: Seattle Rings In The New Year With Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven At The Crocodile Cafe, by Holly Homan
My skalloween weekend began Friday night, Halloween Eve at Seattle’s Highline Bar on Capitol Hill. Headlining was Seattle’s own ska legends the Diablotones.
After a fun-filled performance by the Skablins, the Diablotones hit the stage for a mix of funky, raunchy rock and roll ska. Singer/bassist Timmy Profit sang with a throaty . . . → Read More: How I Spent My Skalloween Weekend, by Holly Homan
It’s Friday night a week before Halloween and the happening place is Darrell’s Tavern in Shoreline just north of Seattle. Playing were two of Seattle’s finest ska bands, Natalie Wouldn’t and the Georgetown Orbits.
Natalie Wouldn’t played second and opened with a ska version of the Spider Man theme. The tiny . . . → Read More: Darrell’s Tavern Hosts a Night Of Ska Starring Natalie Wouldn’t & Georgetown Orbits, by Holly Homan
On Saturday, after Bernie Sanders was so rudely prevented from speaking to a crowd gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Social Security, I headed to the campus of the University of Washington to their indoor sports arena, Hec Edmondson Pavilion. The 12000 seat complex was filled with no empty seat to . . . → Read More: Senator Bernie Sanders Finally Gets To Have His Say In Seattle To A Crowd of 15000, by Holly Homan
Saturday afternoon on August 8 I headed to downtown Seattle for a rally for social security. The guest speaker of note was to be democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
The event was held in the Westlake Plaza, the traditional gathering place for political rallies and gatherings in Seattle. A half an hour before . . . → Read More: Labor Sponsored Social Security Rally Is Rudely Interrupted As Bernie Sanders Is About to Speak, by Holly Homan