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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Ska

The Reigning Monarchs: Call It Dad Ska

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Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 3:45 AM

Greg Behrendt and Michael Eisenstein are men in black sweaters
  • Greg Behrendt and Michael Eisenstein are men in black sweaters
Greg Behrendt started guitar lessons at 44; the He's Just Not That Into You author and comedian, now 50, cashed in on lessons with professional guitarist Michael Eisenstein, a birthday present from his wife.

For Behrendt, the road to middle-aged surf-rocker has been paved in good advice and failed experiments. At his lowest point, right around the time the movie version of his famous work hit theaters and his talk show Greg Behrendt's Wake Up Call fell off the air, Behrendt almost had a nervous breakdown onstage.

See also: Going to a Ska Show? Here's What to Wear

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Crowd Outside of Cage Platform - DAVID MONNICH
  • David Monnich
  • Crowd Outside of Cage Platform
Skacore Invasion

MadAve Grounds

7/20/2013

The seventh annual Los Angeles Skacore Invasion took place last Saturday in Silver Lake. The one day festival mainly featured Southern California bands, both amateur and veteran, but also played host to several prominent international acts, including Mexico's Sekta Core and Royal Club. The graffiti lined warehouse complex where it was held, called MadAve Grounds, accommodated about 1000 diehard ska fans.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

East Side Love

Going to a Ska Show? Here's What to Wear

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Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 3:45 AM

VIERNES 13
  • Viernes 13
So you want to go to a ska show. Or maybe you want to start a ska band. Good for you! Now the question is: What should you wear? Because, nothing will identify you as an impostor faster than a wack outfit.

The first thing to know: Since ska is derivative of many other musical genres, ska fashion is also a mishmash of styles. Ska arose in early '60s Jamaica, combining elements of jazz, rock, swing, and other snippets from U.S. radio. But it soon moved around the globe, and after a heyday in white America in the '90s it's now quite popular in Latino L.A.

Ska fashion, meanwhile, ranges from the classic two tone styles of the British skinhead scene to the dapper wears of L.A's backyard punk scene. Let's take a closer look.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Monday, June 3, 2013

Cruising

Dispatches From the Viernes 13 Booze Cruise

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Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 4:00 AM

The "Rand" Romance - JUAN JOSE GUTIERREZ-ROMERO
  • Juan Jose Gutierrez-Romero
  • The "Rand" Romance
Rock the Boat LA, featuring Viernes 13

Long Beach Harbor

May 31, 2013

Underground ska band Viernes 13 -- which means Friday the 13th, you gringo -- incorporate elements of punk and rockabilly. On Friday night, for a booze cruise called Rock the Boat LA, they performed on a boat called the Grand Romance that departed from Long Beach Harbor.

The ship had three floors, two dance floors, two bars, and, fittingly, a shit-ton of booze. There were also people smoking pot and a wild mosh pit. The night went something like this:

See also: Ska Still Rules in L.A.! Just Ask Viernes 13

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013

Ska

The Delirians Lead An East L.A. Rocksteady Renaissance

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Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 3:15 AM

The Delirians, established in 2007 - JAVIER CABRAL
  • Javier Cabral
  • The Delirians, established in 2007
East Los Angeles is enjoying a rocksteady renaissance, thanks largely to a group called The Delirians. They formed as teenagers and have made the traditional Jamaican music their own, blending the slower-than-ska-but-faster-than-reggae riffs with signature East L.A. sounds of soul, funk and R&B. The group has been widely accepted by rocksteady legends like Thee Jamaicans, Pat Kelly, and Derrick Morgan, they also opened for Toots and the Maytals and toured with The Skatalites.

How did a group of punk kids from the barrio pull all this off? They set high goals and played tons of small shows, says Angel "Honeydripper" Salgado, the bubbly frontman and rhythm guitarist.

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