Indie rock is the vaguest of all genres, sort of the "none of the above" of rock and roll. There are no hard and fast rules. In rare cases, the result sounds an awful lot like ska. Here are the six indie rock songs that sound most like ska songs. Let us know your favorites in the comments. Oi.
Pics, pics, pics, pics: They make the Internet run. Here are some our favorite photos from the month of January, published within the pages, deadtree and digital, of the RFT.
Reel Big Fish played the Pageant last night, delighting fans with pick-it-ups, upstrokes and all manner of ska-punk fury. The show was well-attended and fans were eager to skank the night away with the '90s most radio-ready third wave ska band. Our own Todd Owyoung was there with camera in hand to c ... More >>
This week, Reel Big Fish, The Pilfers, and Mu330's Dan Potthast play The Pageant. 'Tis a rarity among ska bills, in that each artist progressed through its career but never fully moved away from its birth genre. Others' careers have been less successful, both artistically and commercially. Here are ... More >>
Reel Big Fish is coming to the Pageant on Tuesday, January 15, and we have a pair of tickets right here at RFT Music headquarters just waiting for you. The band will be joined on stage by the Pilfers and Dan Potthast of hometown ska heroes MU330. See also: - The Six Best Cover Songs By Ska Bands - ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, October 23. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Less Than Jake The Firebird Sept. 19, 2012 Remember when ska enjoyed that revival in the '90s? And remember when Less Than Jake said, "This ska thing is great, but it could use some pop punk, too?" And remember when it combined those things to such great effect that critics said, "This shit will ne ... More >>
About ten years after its decline, third wave ska still seems like an oddity in the history of rock and roll. One principal tenant of the genre was the cover song. It was sometimes a formulaic practice, but it continues to be a way for the ska community (yes, such thing exists and its bonds are stro ... More >>
7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Image viaLocal third-wave ska legend Mu330 is getting more attention than usual. First, there is the upcoming reunion show with its original 1994 Press-era lineup. Now, the band's singer Dan Potthast has revealed a new group, Dan P and The Bricks. The ten-piece outfit also features four me ... More >>
Ska pioneer and mainstay the Toasters is coming to the Firebird on February 13. Tickets are $12 to $14 and on sale now. The Toasters hasn't released any new material since 2007's One More Bullet, but the third-wave ska band has a back catalogue nine albums deep. This show will be almost exa ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Friday, February 18. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Less Than Jake's upcoming February 11 show at Pop's has inspired A to Z to reminisce over the lost art of the ska/punk cover. The beauty is in its simplicity: It's the same song you know and love, just played faster and louder and splattered with horn lines. Less Than Jake has mastered the co ... More >>
Annie ZaleskiDave Wakeling of the English Beat at the VooDoo Lounge, July 2008For the third year in a row, Dave Wakeling brought his reconstituted English Beat line-up to St. Louis for a summer ska dance party. But unlike the shows in 2008 (with the Alarm and the Fixx) and 2009 (co-headlining ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, May 22. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Ska legends The English Beat are returning to St. Louis to play an intimate show at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room on Saturday, May 22. Tickets are $25 and are on sale tomorrow at 5 p.m. The band played in town last summer with Reel Big Fish.
MC Bat Commander's ill-fitting uniform barely contained his pot belly as he announced, "It's been seven years since we've played here, but we've been working out the entire time." Later in the set, he pulled three children from the front row on stage and chucked them one Ryan WasobaA tattoo spotted ... More >>
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Steve Ewing's album, Zodiac. He had this to say: Like duct tape or Bisquick, the covers album can have many uses. They can serve as a tribute to musical heroes, a calling card of stylistic influences or a fun, lightweight celebration of treasured s ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 2. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
7 p.m. Sunday, November 8. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer chatted with Dave Wakeling of the English Beat. The band will be co-headlining the Pageant tonight with Reel Big Fish. We'll have photos tomorrow. In the meantime, read Schaeffer's feature and enjoy some interview outtakes -- along with some video I shot at ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, November 28. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
8 p.m. Thursday, July 17. VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino, 777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights
7 p.m. Monday, July 7. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue
7 p.m. Saturday, February 23. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
7 p.m. Friday, November 30. 2 Cents Plain, 1114 Olive Street.
White Rabbits chases the indie-rock carrot.
8 p.m. Monday, August 20. Creepy Crawl, 3524 Washington Boulevard
B-Sides peeks in on a rehearsal for Riders on the Storm and finds out that the (English) Beat goes on for vocalist Dave Wakeling.
2:30 p.m. Friday, December 29. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).
4 p.m. Saturday, August 19. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).
Tuesday, February 7; the Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)
Saturday, August 13; Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)
Friday, August 12; Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois)
Tuesday, August 9; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
Tuesday, April 26; Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois)
Saturday, January 15 (early show); Creepy Crawl
Saturday, January 8; Creepy Crawl
Friday, September 17; Creepy Crawl
Wednesday, July 14; Rocket Bar / Wednesday, July 14; Creepy Crawl.
Saturday, February 7; Creepy Crawl
Saturday, December 14; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room
Sunday, June 11; Mississippi Nights