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Marshall Crenshaw‘s freakishly imposing debut suggested pop-god potential, but on his subsequent albums he seemed only a minor deity. His recent local appearances have been as a solo acoustic act, but maybe it’s just as well: The singer/songwriter seems a whole lot more comfortable as a down-to-earth troubadour. And he’s still got those songs. Peter Stuart opens tonight at 8 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3901 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $15. (703) 549-5919. (Dave McKenna)