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Skanks For The Memories: A Look At The Arizona's Ska Scene Past and Present

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 in Arizona (which, as I mentioned in my screed, equals - if not outright exceeds - the number of bands that were in existence during ska's big heyday of 1995 to 1998).

I'm not shy in admitting that the Lizard King's feature serves as a love letter of sorts to Arizona's ska scene and its history, as does this blog. As a compliment to the story, here some glimpses both audio and visual at some of the ska groups (both past and present) that have called Arizona home.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.