Local Wire

Ska is Dead Tour

The rumors about ska's demise have been greatly exaggerated. Rude Boys have kept reinventing it again and again, and ska's last incarnation, "the third wave," saw its horns and tempo mixed with punk's sound and drive, as exemplified by bands like the Voodoo Glow Skulls and MU330. Purists often deride the latest wave, but alt-kids in high school and college tend to latch onto it, usually forming a band or two before abandoning it for something more serious. But not the Voodoo Glow Skulls, whose seven members have been fusing relentless ska-punk with Hispanic influences for more than 16 years. Fronted by the outrageous Frank Casillas, who occasionally wears Mexican wrestling masks onstage, the Glow Skulls prove that -- just like Jason -- ska will never die.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.