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Rub a Dub

Bong-worthy ska-poppers get their riddim on.

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On the surface, San Diego’s Slightly Stoopid appears to be one of those obnoxious joke bands -- like the Barenaked Ladies. Just look at its name or the title of its latest album, Chronicitis. Truth is, the six-member group is a musically adroit crew that’s shared tours with groove pros like Ozomatli. While its mix of alt-ska riddims and dub-pop bounce occasionally recalls the white-boy throbs of 311, Slightly Stoopid gets its island fix a bit more organically. Sure, the fake Jamaican accents are a tad bothersome. But the rocksteady beats are usually tight, and guests like G. Love help make the band more than a one-note accessory to a bong-filled afternoon.
Sat., Oct. 6, 7 p.m., 2007

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