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The Toasters

With Johnny Red & the Skammunists and the Fear Nuttin Band. Thursday, February 14, at the Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights.

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"Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down," the Toasters' most popular song, is a sax-fueled ode to the working class. It's also the centerpiece of the Manhattan-based ska band's live sets. The Toasters recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. Robert "Bucket" Hingley — a British expat — is the group's only original member, but that hasn't stopped the group from filling clubs around the globe. Look at it this way: Without them, there'd be no No Doubt or any other U.S. group that combines Jamaican riffs, British cheekiness, and skank-worthy hooks.

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