Melbourne Ska Orchestra To Release One Free Track Each Week in 2018!

It’s a nutty, but truly inspired idea–the Melbourne Ska Orchestra intends to release one free song per week during 2018 as part of their “52 Selections/One Year of Ska” project (52 weeks in a year, right?).So far, they have released terrific covers of Prince Buster’s “Al Capone” and Justin Hinds and the Dominoes’ “Botheration.” All tracks are available through a host of services, including Google Play, iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube

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The Duff Guide to Ska NYC Winter 2018 Ska Calendar #1

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pmThe Original Wailers, Tribal Seeds, The ExpandersGramercy Theatre127 East 23rd StreetNew York, NY$20+ + + +Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 8:00 pmFull Watts Band with BoomshotC’mon Everybody325 Franklin Avenue Brooklyn, NY$10-$12/21++ + + +Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 8:00 pmBenefit for Action Against Fascism and Xenophobia (Charlottesville Legal Fund) w/The Ladrones, SkullCaster, Out of System Transfer, Uncle DjuzeppeThe Silent Barn603 Bushwick AvenueBrooklyn, NY$5-$20/All ages+ + + + Friday, February 9, 2018 @ 9:00 pmHR and Human Rights, Crazy Baldhead Dub ApparatusEl Cortez17 Ingraham StreetBrooklyn, NY $15/21++ + + + Saturday, January 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pmThe Pietasters and High School Football HeroesBrooklyn Bazaar150 Greenpoint AvenueBrooklyn, NY$17 in advance/$20 day of showAll ages+ + + +Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 8:00 pmThe Wailers, The Far EastBrooklyn Bowl61 Wythe AvenueBrooklyn, NY$20/21++ + + +Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 8:00 pmThe Skatalites, The AlchemysticsBrooklyn Bowl61 Wythe AvenueBrooklyn, NY$15/21++ + + +Friday, March 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm45 Adapters, Hub City Stompers, Legion 76, Guns Don’t Run, No Parole, Los PerrosKingsland269 Norman AvenueBrooklyn, NY$10/16++ + + +Friday, March 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pmCoolie Ranx Birthday Bash with Pilfers, Full Watts Band, Reggay Lords, Love Always, Typhoid RosieBrooklyn Bazaar150 Greenpoint AvenueBrooklyn, NY $20/All ages+ + + + Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pmHollie CookElsewhere (Hall)599 Johnson AvenueBrooklyn, NY$20 in advance/$22 day of show/16++ + + +Sunday, March 25, 2018 @ 8:00 pmThe English Beat w/Dave WakelingCity Winery155 Varick StreetNew York, NY$40-$60+ + + +Monday, March 26, 2018 @ 8:00 pmThe English Beat w/Dave WakelingCity Winery155 Varick StreetNew York, NY$40-$60+ + + +Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pmThe Annual 4:20 Reggae Fiesta on the River w/Dub is a Weapon, Crazy Baldhead Dub Apparatus, plus Specials Guests TBARocks Off Concert Cruise – Aboard the Harbor LightsBoards 23rd Street and the FDRManhattan, NY$29 in advance/$35 day of show21++ + + +

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The Duff Guide to Ska Year in Ska Reviews 2017, Part 4

Unrelated image of releases and posters from NYC area ska bands.(All reviews by Steve Shafer)Destroy Babylon Shapeshifters (CD/digital, MusicADD, 2017): A concept album of sorts, Destroy Babylon’s extraordinary Shapeshifters is a collection of angry and defiant post-punk, rock, and reggae protest songs aimed at the heart of Trumpism. Beginning with the question of “how much do you pay for protection” (from the police and criminals roaming the streets), the songs traverse a systemically racist, violent, authoritarian-leaning, war-crazy, unfettered capitalist dog-eat-dog American landscape, ending with the singer’s demise at the “business end of a knife

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