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Bedouin Soundclash

With Beat Union. Friday, February 22, at the Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights.

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Over the past decade or so, bands have looked to other bands for inspiration. Not in the usual we-play-the-same-music-as-you way; more like we-grabbed-our-name-from-one-of-your-songs. Radiohead's moniker comes from an old Talking Heads tune, Boys Don't Cry lifted its name from the Cure, and the Smiths sang that Pretty Girls Make Graves long before the same-name band borrowed the title. Bedouin Soundclash — a Canadian trio — cribbed its name from an obscure 1996 album by Badawi, a New Yorker born in Israel. But the artists have little in common, other than a shared affinity for dub and reggae. Badawi plays introspective, electronic-based music; Bedouin Soundclash prefers guitar-fueled party tunes. It brings the festivities to town this week.

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