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If dancehall singers scored points for positivity, Jamaica's Luciano would be well ahead of the game. Since 1993, when he scored a No. 1 single with "Shake It Up Tonight," the vocalist has shunned the guns-and-girls thuggishness that can dampen the works by even genre greats such as Sizzla, promoting in no uncertain terms a devotion to God and human spirituality. The prolific Luciano's latest release Jah Words (Sanctuary) continues the successful pattern he's always followed. Critics of Luciano claim his cutting edge is a dull blade and cite the tenor's consistency as his greatest strength and drawback. Fans of Luciano know what to expect with Jah Words; released in April, it bounces with good vibes, lush, romantic tunes such as "Angel Heart" and anthemic numbers such as "Cry for Justice." Sonically, he weaves synthesizers and familiar, programmed grooves through most of the tracks. One bonus is a surprisingly strong rendition of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." Tickets $20.

9 p.m. Sunday, June 26
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 529-BLUE;

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