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Unlike their Beantown brethren the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, who often include a satanic dash of metal to flavor their tunes, Skavoovie and the Epitones spice their rock-steady soup with swing and jazz. During the first ska revival in early-’80s England, bands like the English Beat and Specials played good-time music that was also political. But Skavoovie, like many artists in the genre’s current incarnation, pretty much play party music. The 5-year-old 10-piece’s second album, Ripe, is a juicy slice of skankworthy ska. Put on that skinny tie and motor on out to the ‘burbs early tonight, because the first 50 patrons get a free Club ’67 cassette, a compilation of old-school ska (that, incidentally, you can find in 99-cent cutout bins across the nation). With the Checkered Cabs at 9 p.m. at Phantasmagoria, 11319 Elkin St., Wheaton. $9. (301) 949-8886. (Christopher Porter)