The Duff Guide to Ska NYC Summer/Fall 2017 Ska Calendar #48

Photo by Janette BeckmanFriday, June 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pmThe Specials, The Far EastBrooklyn Steel319 Frost StreetBrooklyn, NY$50/16++ + + +Saturday, June 10, 2017 @ 9:00 pm (2 sets!)Larry McDonald’s 80th Birthday Party w/Dave Hillyard and the Rocksteady 7, plus DJ One Hundred DecibelsHank’s Saloon46 Third AvenueBrooklyn, NY$8+ + + +Saturday, June 10, 2017 @ 9:00 pmAlla Spina, Beat Brigade,

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The Duff Guide to Ska NYC Summer 2017 Ska Calendar #47

The great Laurel Aitken!Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pmJ. Navarro and The Traitors, Fuck It I Quit, Public SerpentsCape House2 Knickerbocker AvenueBrooklyn, NY$12/21++ + + +Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 8:00 pmSister Nancy and Friends, Rice and Peas, Queen MajestyBrooklyn Bowl61 Wythe AvenueBrooklyn, NY$15/21++ + + +Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pmMonty Neysmith Montgomery of Symarip, Consumata, The BishopsCape House2 Knickerbocker AvenueBrooklyn, NY$15/21++

….and sooooooooo much more!——>

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Duff Guide to Ska Fast Takes: Hollie Cook’s "Superstar," Pama International’s "Man Next Door" b/w "Austerity Skank," and Neville Staple’s "Return of Judge Roughneck"

(Reviews by Steve Shafer) Hollie Cook “Superstar” b/w “Superdub” (free Record Store Day 7″/digital download, Merge Records, 2017): The physical release of this single was a last minute addition to the 2017 Record Store Day line-up and was said to given out for free at select indie shops in celebration of Cook’s joining the Merge Records line-up in the USA (did anyone receive one?). The choice of cover here–The Carpenters’ AM pop staple “Superstar”–is definitely inspired, continues to fulfill Cook’s mission to create “tropical pop,” and is well matched to her wonderfully pure voice. And while this is no slight to producer/drummer Ben Mckone (who does a very fine job here), I have to admit to kind of missing the Prince Fatty touch

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