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When Mississippi’s Fat Possum Records bills its artists’ music as “not your usual blues crap,” the label is not merely being provocative. Tonight’s roster offers guttural vocals and rough-hewn instrumental blasts that are a far cry from the Chicago-rooted blooze fare peddled in bars and beer commercials. Seventy-something guitarist T-Model Ford once spent time on a chain gang working off a murder rap—but now he cranks out droning, minimalistic boogie, accompanied only by his chanted tales and the simple pounding of his drummer, Spam. Ford’s sophomore effort, You Better Keep Still, includes gems such as “These Eyes,” on which Ford impersonates a female admirer and duets with himself. With retired diesel mechanic Robert Cage, whose chain-saw guitar lines and singsong melodies are also striking, at 9:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $8. (202) 667-7960. (Steve Kiviat)