Best Ska Band Los Angeles 2013 – L.A. Weekly

Story By Juan Gutierrez | L.A. Weekly


It’s nearly impossible to cover a city this sprawling — 470 square miles of awesomeness, 6,499 miles of streets and 3.7 million residents, all of them seemingly on the 405 every time we need to get to the Skirball Center.

And so for this year’s Best of L.A. issue, we brought in some gifted reinforcements — a crackerjack team capable of leaping over skyscrapers, tossing aside all those freeway-clogging cars, and flying from San Pedro to Santa Clarita with only a cape for propulsion. They picked the best hiking trail, the best spa, the best lobster roll, and even the best mausoleum for a photo op — 440 items in all, making this our biggest and best issue yet.

The craziest part? L.A. is so amazing, we still barely scratched the surface.

Best Ska Band Los Angeles 2013

Having launched in 1999 while they were still in high school, East Los Angeles ska band Viernes 13 (that’s Friday the 13th to you, gringo) gained popularity over the years playing backyard shows but never put out an official full-length album. That will change later this year, when the group’s as-yet-untitled debut drops. But in the meantime their star has risen, and they now can be seen at big-money venues like the Roxy and House of Blues, performing alongside better-known groups like The Slackers, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Manic Hispanics. Viernes 13 differ from most ska bands through their use of bilingual lyrics, their incorporation of punk and lead singer Juan Pulido’s signature look — long hair, tied back with a bandanna. One thing’s for sure: Viernes 13’s lively stage presence and rowdy mosh pits set the tone for a party.

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