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The Slackers, a seven-piece, ska-based band from New York City, spent the last 15 years perfecting a roots sound that places the group far above its competition in the world of contemporary reggae and ska.

The Slackers' dominance in the modern ska arena can be traced to an ability to infuse its sound with elements of Memphis soul, jazz harmony, pop smarts, an ever-present sense of swing and the aggression of a garage rock combo. Rather than rehash, refry, borrow or blatantly steal from the progenitors of ska, the group has honed a sound that is distinct.

That sound exploded into full fruition on the band's immensely satisfying 2003 release "Close My Eyes," a record that managed to be at once a party platter and a thoughtfully considered musical/lyrical response to this country's post- 9/1 1 tenor. That's some feat for a ska band.

The Slackers arrive in Buffalo this evening for a 7 p.m. show inside Club Infinity, 8166 Main St., Williamsville. Sharing the bill will be Flashlight Brown, the Operatives, the City Creeps and Mechatama. Tickets are available now for $10 through www.Tickets.com. They'll be $12 at the door tonight.Call 565-0110 with questions.

-- Jeff Miers

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