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For the better part of five decades, Jamaica’s Beres Hammond has captivated reggae fans with his pleading, syllable-stretching R&B delivery. The veteran crooner usually lends his soulful style to romantic tunes known in Jamaica as lovers rock, but he’s also testified about social justice on smooth tunes like “Truth Will Live On” and “Putting Up Resistance.” On his last release, the 2012 double album One Love, One Life, he devoted one disc to love songs and one to tales of struggle. In a Jamaican music world filled with flashy, motor-mouthed dancehall rappers and purist Rastafarians, Hammond presents a sleek alternative. Read more >>> Beres Hammond performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $39.50–$75. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com(Steve Kiviat)


Are you a fan of Veloce but sometimes leave with an indescribable emptiness that could be filled with beer? How about half-priced seasonal craft beer? Today through July 31, the restaurant is serving beers (11 a.m. to closing) from Ballast Point, 3 Stars, Boulevard, and many other brewers. Half-off happy hour for the beers plus $7 pizzas, including the July seasonal pizza, lasts from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Throughout the rest of the day, beers are priced between $6 and $8, and pizzas are full price. Check Veloce’s Facebook page to see which two beers will be featured on any given day. Veloce, 1828 L St. NW. (202) 290-1910. eatatveloce.com. (Olivia Adams)


After a brief hiatus, New York-based rock band Interpol returns to the stage and performs at Echostage tonight. 7 p.m. at 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $40.

Local pop group Elena y los Fulanos plays the Black Cat Backstage with Letitia VanSant and Andrea Pais. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10–$12.

Japanese hardcore band Sand plays at DC9 with Next Step Up and Supreme Commander. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $8.

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