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As founder of the Skunks, and then an early member of the True Believers, guitarist/singer Jon Dee Graham helped found alt-country. After the True Believers broke up, Graham found himself playing with the likes of John Doe and Kelly Willis. And in 1997, the Man With the Lugubrious Mug—he gets my vote for the best face in rock—finally started releaseing albums under his own name. His latest, hooray for the moon, channels Steve Earle on a tequila relapse—maudlin one minute, menacing the next. “Laredo (Small Dark Something)” is all kick-drum and sinister stains in the trunk of a car. “Something Moves” aches with spiritual longing, as Graham repeats the words “I can’t see it but I know it’s there.” Toss in an evil-ass cover of Tom Waits’ “Way Down in the Hole” that would’ve sounded right at home on the From Dusk Till Dawn soundtrack and a rousing rendition of the Mexican standard “Volver” and you’ve got the makings of one hell of a live show. Graham performs at 8:30 p.m. at IOTA, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $10. (703) 522-8340. (Michael Little)