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Voodoo Glow Skulls 

When: Sat., March 8, 9 p.m. 2008
Price: $12

Ska's not cool and punk's dead, but Voodoo Glow Skulls have hardly changed a bit. The Hispanic-themed ska-punk band formed twenty years ago in Riverside, broke out on Epitaph with Firme in 1995, and has kept up a steady schedule ever since. Though they never had a hit, the Skulls developed a unique style that comes from hardcore punk rather than novelty pop, swing, or pop-punk. Mariachi-inspired horns, thick rhythms for skankin' and moshin', and singer Frank Casillas' growled, borderline angry rap-speak -- often in Spanish -- make the Skulls one of the most remarkable bands from the era. Their latest, Southern California Street Music, lacks the mojo of their better days but at least stays true. They play Saturday, March 8 at the Uptown (1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland), with support from San Francisco's La Plebe, who also blend punk, ska, and Spanish, and fellow Riverside act Knockout. 9 p.m., $12. UptownNightclub.com


— Nate Seltenrich

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