Video: Umbrella Bed “Mystery Skanker / Narcissus”

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[youtube]72gZI9WnZQQ[/youtube] Long-running two-tone ska band Umbrella Bed brought the dancefloor to its knees last Monday at The Belmore in Minneapolis.  Opening for The Skatalites, the band brought their horn-driven antics in full force, shown here playing their signature tunes “Mystery Skanker” and instrumental “Narcissus.”  Keep checking the our shows calendar to see where they are […]

Video: The Skatalites “Freedom Sound”

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[youtube]Mvr0sh2kBFI[/youtube] On Monday night, brand new downtown Minneapolis venue The Belmore opened its doors for its very first music concert.  The concert featured Jamaica’s original creators of ska music, The Skatalites as well as local ska acts Umbrella Bed and The Prizefighters.  The place was packed, which was especially surprising for a Monday night at […]

Video: The Dropsteppers “Why Did I Refuse”

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[youtube]nS2sOlHeP8k[/youtube] MNSKA band The Dropsteppers are currently on tour through East Coast and Canada, ultimately playing at the Montreal Ska Festival.  The video has the band performing their song “Why Did I Refuse” from their debut album Get Up In It! on Megalith Records at a show in Minneapolis prior to the tour. You can […]

Video: The Beatdown “Leave Me”

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[youtube]ZD1bad8zqYg[/youtube] Canadian ska/reggae band The Beatdown have a brand-new full-length album coming out soon called Walkin’ Proud.  Here is a music video for the song “Leave Me” from that album.  The video features lots of rad stuff, like farm work, goats, and tractor racing. You can check out the video on YouTube HERE

Show Announcement: Rocksteady Breakfast and Drunk History TONIGHT at Wild Tymes

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[youtube]bbhzoeglUnE[/youtube] There is a FREE ska show at Wild Tymes in St. Paul tonight, featuring two great ska-punk bands!  First up are local favorites Rocksteady Breakfast, who will be bringing their insane energy and uptempo ska tunes to the St. Paul crowd.  Ending the night is a new band called Drunk History which is made up […]

Video: Mighty Mighty Bosstones “Graffiti Worth Reading (Live at First Ave)”

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[youtube]VTXlBcXxsK4[/youtube] Earlier this month, skacore veterans The Mighty Mighty Bosstones returned to First Avenue for their first show on that stage in over a decade.  Here’s some footage from the show, featuring the band performing “Graffiti Worth Reading” off their 2009 album Pin Points and Gin Joints.  Big thanks to our own Patrick Larson for […]