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Kalnoky Manifesto (2008-2013): They broke him down

This is the third and final part of my Tomas Kalnoky/Streetllight Manifesto retrospective. Read part 1 here and part 2 here. After the release of Somewhere in the Between, Streetlight Manifesto’s incessant touring continued, as did their lofty promises. Within a year or two of the release of Somewhere in the Between, the Streetlight website announced a…

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Kalnoky Manifesto (2002-2007): With a golden heart comes a rebel fist

This is part 2 of my Tomas Kalnoky/Streetllight Manifesto retrospective. Read part 1 here. After BotAR broke up, Kalnoky got together a lineup that more resembled a traditional ska-punk band: trumpet, trombone, two saxes, guitar, bass, drums. This new band recorded an EP, signed a 5-album deal with Victory Records, and named themselves “Streetlight Manifesto.”…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #7 Streetlight Manifesto

  Streetlight Manifesto is quite possibly my favorite band of all time. And they’re probably be my favorite musical artist — band or solo — of the past twenty five years. They’re responsible for my favorite concert ever and three of my favorite albums ever. I love love love them. And so I decided to…

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The Top 100 Ska-Punk Songs: #60-51

This is part 5 of Will’s countdown of the top 100 ska-punk songs 60. Status – Rx Bandits The Rx Bandits started off as a mediocre ska band before becoming a much better alternative/hard rock band. Status, which is a song on their second album, is their strongest ska song, boasting a fantastic drum part,…

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The Top 100 Ska-Punk Songs: #70-61

This is part 4 of Will’s countdown of the top 100 ska-punk songs 70. Stuck in the Middle – The Supervillains I had the privilege of seeing The Supervillains live when I was a sophomore in high school. I immediately liked them, but I didn’t really dig through their discography until just last year, when…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #57 Reel Big Fish

Reel Big Fish is my favorite product of the “third wave of ska” from the mid-1990s. Their brand of ska-punk features melodic, flashy tunes paired with lyrics often described as “sarcastic” and “bitter.” Their music could easily have degenerated into braindead party jams, but lead songwriter and frontman Aaron Barrett keeps it funny, emotionally grounded,…

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The Top 100 Ska-Punk Songs: #80-71

(picture courtesy Starpool’s facebook page) This is part 3 of Will’s countdown of the top 100 ska-punk songs 80. All My Best Friends Are Metalheads – Less than Jake “This is a fair request, and I promise I will not judge any person only as a teenager.” This song preaches the simple and common message…