Mon., Jan. 7, Reel Big Fish
Ace of Spades, 6 p.m., $20
Reel Big Fish hit the mainstream with its 1996 single “Sell Out.” But the ska-punk band from Huntington Beach, Calif., has never been able to top that song's success. The group has released six albums since then, signed and dropped from a major label, gone through several lineup changes (to the extent that frontman Aaron Barrett is the only original member), and toured extensively on the Warped Tour. All the while, the group has kept an underground following while exploring cover songs and acoustic ska. Lyrically, the group combines sun-drenched optimism with dark comedy and irony. 1417 R Street, www.reel-big-fish.com.