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TUESDAY

Now that the boy-band era has joined Pokémon and Britney’s virginity in the pop-culture attic, let us celebrate the deep-voiced, guitar-wielding wonder that is the man band. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings fit the bill as tightly as Michael Phelps’ gold-medal Speedos. To sum up the personas of this Canadian trio: If it’s 2 a.m., sad-eyed troubadour Stephen Fearing is probably penning lost-love poetry, Coen brothers collaborator and legendary bluesman Colin Linden is likely to be practicing his slide licks, and former Junkhouse frontman Tom Wilson—well, chances are that he’s up to something illegal, something that will prove to be fodder for a future song. Actually, I was once with them at 2 a.m., at a showcase unjustly hidden in the basement of the Nashville convention center, and what they were doing was playing a knockout set for a small but devoted crowd. Nudie-inspired fancy suits? Yup. Fancy-ass dance steps? Hell, no. Top of the charts? Not yet. Top of your heart? The odds are good. Panty-tossing is optional at 8:30 p.m. at Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $12. (703) 522-8340. (Pamela Murray Winters)