Third-wave ska has forever defined the mid-nineties, bashing listeners over the head from the comfort of a Top 40 sweep, but the sound is still alive and well and, as it turns out, living in New Jersey. When Streetlight Manifesto released “Everything Goes Numb,” its debut in 2003, fans of the ska underground were dumbstruck. The lineup read like a veritable who’s who of underground third-wavers. All bounce and brass, the sound revived an energy perverted by many a mainstream ska act. Now touring in support of 2007′s “Somewhere In The Between,” its third album from Victory, the band hits Chicago on the course of a massive tour. With “Between,” the group satiated impatient fans—who’ve waited four long years to hear something new—by kicking their horn-propelled sound into high gear, adding backup vocals and generally rocking out. Pittsburgh’s oddball dance duo Grand Buffet joins them with tracks from the recently released “King Vision.” <I>(K. Tighe)
Streetlight Manifesto plays January 10 at Metro, 3730 North Clark, (773)549-0203, at 7pm. $15.
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