The Wailers, Jan. 6, Knitting Factory 

Reggae is a weighty term, heavy not only with the distinct sound of the music, but with the ideals that prompted this form of expression and the historical context in which it was created. It's also a term synonymous with the magic man and his band who helped give reggae a voice: Bob Marley and the Wailers. Currently in venues across the country, the legendary Wailers have been performing Exodus, their 1977 seminal release.

The album has been remastered and tracks added since its inception, but it's still as powerful and as germane as it was three decades ago. Songs like "One Love / People Get Ready" still speak loudly politically and ideologically, and although Marley himself is not there to sing it, it must be hard not to imagine him on stage voicing "One love, one heart / Let's get together and feel all right."

During the three decades the Wailers have been performing, they've faced a number of changes, not the least of which was Marley's death in 1981. As Americans—and the world—look to a new president and his message of hope, the messages on Exodus become all the more poignant.

—Amy Atkins

Tuesday, Jan. 6, with Tomorrow's Bad Seeds, 8 p.m., $22. The Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212,

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