Plentiful ska imitators' heavy handed brass and over-salted simplification have left a bitter taste in many mouths. Frustrating for fans, yes, but not as annoying as haughty disregard for a style that's given us three waves of musicians like Desmond Dekker, Operation Ivy and No Doubt.

Plentiful ska imitators' heavy handed brass and over-salted simplification have left a bitter taste in many mouths. Frustrating for fans, yes, but not as annoying as haughty disregard for a style that's given us three waves of musicians like Desmond Dekker, Operation Ivy and No Doubt.

Ain't nothing wrong with another well-done ska song.

As we wait for ska to enter new territory, don't miss these top-notch third wavers. Reel Big Fish's live show, now with Goldfinger's Matt Appleton on sax, is a fast fun ride, and Streetlight Manifesto's serving of infectious ska punk will give you enough energy to skank all night. New Riot and Rodeo Ruby Love open.