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SATURDAY

Ladies and gentlemen of the alt-weekly readership: It’s time we redeemed the epithet “shitkicker.” Shitkickers, I say, provide a useful service in clearing the paths for the dainty toes of weekend rebels. Take David Allan Coe. He’s had a lot of crap flung at him: He spent many years behind bars, lived in a hearse and a cave, and defiantly wore earrings and biker colors in Nashville in 1967. The centerfold of the booklet accompanying his latest CD, Coe: Live at Billy Bob’s Texas, shows someone facedown in rodeo dirt; it’s probably not Coe, but you know damn well he could take it and come up smiling. You may not want to forgive the Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy for draping himself in the Stars and Bars, or for writing “Take This Job and Shove It,” but you gotta bow down to the power of songs like “Wreckless.” And if you wanna dump on him for any of the rest, this outlaw twanger will be happy to define “shitkicker” for you when he plays with Super Swank at 7 p.m. at the State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. $21. (703) 237-0300. (Pamela Murray Winters)