Live Music Roundup: Tuesday, July 21

Bedouin Soundclash, Root Beer (aka Pigeon John) at Chop Suey, 8 p.m., $15, all ages

Bedouin Soundclash "Have ska will travel" could be a working motto for a lot of bands these days, but not Bedouin Soundclash. Sure, the Canadian dub-ska trio has managed to land slots on tours with Warped, Ben Harper and, most recently, No Doubt. But, unlike so many latter-day ska groups, Bedouin Soundclash puts its music where its mouth is -- which is to say the band lays down thick ska grooves and textures that are as fresh as they are convincing. The band -- which for the most part consists of guitar, bass, and drums and often features special guests including seasoned reggae singer Vernon Buckley of the Maytones -- executes with the formidable and precision of veterans in just about every department. Grooves, tones, songs, etc. all come together to cast a kind of musical spell over the given venue where the band sets up shop for the night. And they make it look easy. And genuine. SABY REYES-KULKARNI

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