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In a musical genre that's getting more and more crowded with young acts, it's hard to have an original sound.

Yet both Florida's Less Than Jake and the San Diego act Buck-O-Nine have managed to stake out their own territory within the burgeoning U.S. ska-punk scene, which has already given us the Suicide Machines, Goldfinger and Reel Big Fish.The two bands headline separate all-ages concerts - with Buck-O-Nine performing on Wednesday, Dec. 4, and Less Than Jake making its Utah debut on Friday, Dec. 6 - both in the Club DV8 basement, 115 S. West Temple.

Buck-O-Nine's newest CD, "Barfly," inspired by the Mickey Rourke film of the same name, features fast-paced ska originals like "Calling in Sick" and "Water in My Head," alongside faithful covers of songs by Musical Youth and the Misfits.

Less Than Jake's major-label debut, "Losing Streak," however, features eight originals, ranging from the horn-heavy punk of "Jonny Quest Thinks We're Sellouts," the ska-punk fusion of "Automatic" and "(Tradition Seems to Stick to You Just Like) Krazy Glue," as close to real ska as the six-piece can get.

"We just don't try to sound like anybody else. It's already hard enough just to sound like ourselves," said Chris Hetfield, Less Than Jake's singer/guitarist, in a telephone interview.

Of course, that may have to do more with the fact that Less Than Jake's members come from varied backgrounds, which don't include either punk-rock or ska music.

"I was raised on TV, barbecues and rednecks. How much does that have to do with ska-punk?" Hetfield said.

Despite being on Capitol Records, "Losing Streak" has a very "do it yourself" ethic. At the band's insistence, the first 25,000 copies are being sold to stores for a discounted price - which should ensure that the group's loyal fan base can get it cheaply.

"(The fans) have really helped us out when we were starting out, so this is our effort to say thanks," Hetfield said.

Also making its Salt Lake debut during the Dec. 6 concert will be the Bruce Lee Band, which features Mike Park, the former lead vocalist and saxophone player from Skankin' Pickle, performing with members of Less Than Jake. Logan ska act Model Citizen will open that show at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the Buck-O-Nine show, which starts at 8 p.m., are $5 in advance from Graywhale CD Exchange in Salt Lake City, Modified Music and X-Mart, as well as Crandall Audio in Orem. Less Than Jake tickets are $6 in advance from Crandall Audio, as well as Salt City CDs, Raunch Records and the Heavy Metal Shop.