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Devin the Dude, with Neema, Props, Gnotes. Nectar, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020. 9 p.m. $20. If there's one thing the Houston-based Dude can be

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Tonight: Devin the Dude, The Crying Shame, Vince Mira + The Dusty 45s, Mt St Helens Vietnam Band, Thee Sgt Major III

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Devin the Dude, with Neema, Props, Gnotes. Nectar, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020. 9 p.m. $20. If there's one thing the Houston-based Dude can be counted on to do and do well, it's good-natured stoner raps that somehow manage to sound molasses-soaked and nimble at the same time. The Rap-A-Lot emcee's sixth full-length release, April's Suite 420, is more of the same--but the way he goes about delivering it is what's special and worth sticking around for. Over his favored G-funk beats, Devin talks weed and women from a refreshingly everyman and excitingly layered point of view that contrasts sharply with the big-money braggadocio of the multi-platinum-selling set. He might not have grown up much since his debut dropped in 1998, but The Dude knows he has a good thing going. NICK FELDMAN

The Crying Shame, with Ben Gilmer & the Sidearms. Conor Byrne, 5140 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-3640. 9 p.m. $7. For a while there, I was really wondering what was going on with the Crying Shame. The band put out a couple of noir pop country releases, then disappeared into the ether. Turns out Arlan, the band's frontman, recently had wrist surgery; this will be one of the band's first post-op shows. It must've been tough to write songs with a bum wrist, but there is at least one new track up on the band's MySpace, "She Ain't the Havin' Kind," about (what else?) lost love. It's a sparse, minimal number, trembling with bass and the righteous indignation of a scorned lover. In an era when sweet, angelic voices and harmonies seem to be all the rage in Seattle's folk scene, Arlan's bass drawl makes for a refreshing change. SARA BRICKNER

Vince Mira and The Dusty 45's. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333. 8 p.m. $25. All ages. For most of his short career, Vince Mira has been famous for his spot-on imitation of Johnny Cash. He gained national attention at 15 years old--then known as "Juanny Cash"--for busking Cash's songs, sometimes in Spanish, in Pike Place Market. Three years later, Mira still has that same steady, baritone voice, but now, it's on material that he writes himself. True, songs like "Cold Hearted Woman" from 2008's Cash Cabin Sessions could easily be mistaken for a Johnny Cash original, but that's just Mira's style. He writes country music like Hank Williams (another musician he's known to cover): uncomplicated but rich in melody and sorrow. He'll be well matched by the Dusty 45s' polished rockabilly sound. PAIGE RICHMOND

Mt St Helens Vietnam Band, with The Head and The Heart, Yuni In Taxco. Mural Amphitheater, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., 684-7200. 6 p.m. Free. All ages. 15-year-old. Violins. Non-Mexicans. Hosted by Rocket Queen Hannah Levin!

Thee Sgt. Major III, with The Fucking Eagles, The Femurs. Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S. 9 p.m. $10. It's a Bloch Party!

 
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