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Deakin, with Prince Rama. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372. 7:30 p.m. $11. All ages. In December 2009, Deakin (born Josh Dibb) raised nearly $26,000

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Tonight: Deakin at the Vera Project, Shake the Shack at the Tractor, Fences at the Crocodile

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Deakin, with Prince Rama. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372. 7:30 p.m. $11. All ages. In December 2009, Deakin (born Josh Dibb) raised nearly $26,000 from fans to travel to Mali and perform at the world music blowout Festival au Désert--a forward-thinking move that matches his avant-garde musical approach. Best known as one quarter of psych-pop outfit Animal Collective, his traditionally spacey contributions have contrasted with the more electronic material they've released in recent years. On his own, the music becomes even more ambient, both chaotic and droning, stormy and sad. The high-minded experimentalism may be more an individual's artistic journey than easily accessible to lay listeners, but Animal Collective die-hards will continue see his creations as genius. NICK FELDMAN

Shake the Shack Rockabilly Ball. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 9 p.m. $18 adv./$20 DOS/$30 3-day pass. Though it's billed as a rockabilly festival, Shake the Shack doesn't take those parameters too seriously. They haven't strayed quite as far as Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, which Gogol Bordello is booked to play this year, but there's still plenty of wiggle room - this year Shake the Shack's kicking things off with an evening of surf rock (The Mercury Four, King of Hawaii). Friday night's show then features Johnny Cash sound-alike Vince Mira, but if you can only attend for one of the three nights, Saturday's show is where it's at. Former Seattle band Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers have been teamed up with the Donettes; both bands are fronted by women with powerfully, pleasurably twangy voices, and both bands specialize in kick-up-your-heels honky tonk music. With Frankie & The Pool Boys, Slacktone, Vince Mira with the Roy Kay Trio, Possum Hollow Boys, The Lucky Stars, Little Rachel, Jerry King & The Rivertown Ramblers, Nick Curran. SARA BRICKNER

Fences, with Richie Young, Campfire Ok. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416. 8 p.m. $21. How many times can one article include the word "fuckup"?

 
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