The story behind No Doubt's sixth album, Push and Shove is oddly familiar. The band put out a record a few years ago, toured, and then fell off the radar for a bit. It took No Doubt seven years to follow up Tragic Kingdom with Return of Saturn. The album wasn't quite as good as its predecessor, but ... More >>
Curious what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.
Everyone knows "Tequila," the 1958 hit by the California combo The Champs, even if they don't know the name of the band that recorded it. The song was originally cut as a toss-away b-side for rockabilly artist Dave Burgess' single "Train to Nowhere." But it was "Tequila," written by songwri ... More >>
The members of bygone local ska band Kongo Shock.The featured story in this week's music section detailed the growing success of local ska band 2 Tone Lizard Kings. While my piece mainly focused on 2TLK, the six-year-old ensemble is only one of seven different ska acts that are actively performing i ... More >>
By Jonathan McNamara Someone ought to get in touch with the marketing department at Ska Brewing. Yes, that’s right. I used the word “ska” as in punk with a horn section, “Mirror in the Bathroom,” Reel Big Fish, etc. The marketing dilemma this brewery suffers begins with incorporating S ... More >>
Rocksteady with the Rude Boys in Tempe
Doing the waves
Big ska country
Brokeback Mountain? Not nominated
Youth is rough, it really is
Trunk Space goes Fourth with dance frenzy
But come on out anyway. . .
Love songs for a better world
Ska revivalists hit P-town
Cedric IM Brooks & The Light of Saba (Honest Jon's/Astralwerks)
Brigadistak Sound System (Piranha)
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs take back the past with La Marcha del Golazo Solitario
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me / The Clash Tribute: Burning London / Jon Dee Graham
Three specialty shows are sneaking underground music on the Valley's moribund airwaves
Zig Zag Black guitarist learns how to play with pain
Can the Valley's most spectacular blues guitarist forge his own style?
Arizona's ska kings trace roots of reggae
Dave's Big Deluxe--watch out for the special sauce
Thirty years after ska was born in Jamaica, its prospects in the U.S. have never looked better, thanks in part to Toasters founder Rob "Bucket" Hingley
IF YOU RIDE AN ITALIAN SCOOTER, SKA DANCE AND WEAR SKINNY TIES, YOU'RE A HEPCAT. JUST ASK BOB DARNELL.