Pilfers, Mephiskapheles, Hub City Stompers, Rude Boy George

Pilfers

Ska-punks the Pilfers emerged from the remnants of a series of noted New York City bands -- frontman Coolie Ranx served with the Toasters, trombonist Vinny Nobile tenured with Bim Skala Bim, guitarist Nick Bacon was a member of the Erratics, and bassist Anna Milat-Meyer and drummer James Blanck previously teamed in Skinnerbox. Formed in 1997 following Ranx's exit from the Toasters, the Pilfers built a loyal fanbase on the strength of a seemingly endless tour schedule including stints opening for the likes of Bad Brains, the Specials, Madness and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, selling over 10,000 copies of their self-released eponymous 1998 debut at live shows and on the internet. Signing to Mojo Records, the Pilfers released Chawalaleng in 1999. -All Music

Mephiskapheles

Mephiskapheles are back in red and black for 2013. The band who invented the devilish, whimsical MTV- and radio-friendly genre of Satanic Ska, then defied critics by exploring even greater possibilities for their darkly original ska fusion, have reunited, with a new tour and new album in the works.

Formed in the East Village of New York City in early 1991 by a group of artists, ad-agency employees, and jazz musicians, Mephiskapheles played their first show on Long Island, and from day one began attracting a diverse, dedicated fan base.

Flash-forward to today; and with Satanic Ska being, without a doubt, the genre of music most relevant to our current times. Mephiskapheles are picking up where they left off, with a reissue program with Jump Up Records, a focused performance schedule, and a new Mephiskapheles album slated for 2014.

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