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Todd Snider

Portland native Todd Snider recently was called 'one of the finest songwriters and best-kept secrets in the world' by Paste magazine and made 2006's year-end best-of lists at Rolling Stone, No Depression and Blender.

But perhaps the best endorsement this witty, wry and keenly observational songwriter has received comes from living legend Kris Kristofferson, who simply and succinctly called him 'a true songwriter.' As usual, Kristofferson is right.

On his latest, 'The Devil You Know,' the gifted artist manages to get to the personal effects of politics in a frank, often humorous and always unique way.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-233-1994, $20, all ages

ROCK

Big Head Todd and the Monsters

Major labels may be whining that the Internet is killing business, but don't tell that to Big Head Todd and the Monsters.

The long-running Colorado trio always has worked overtime at being fan-friendly, going so far as to arrange cruises and getaways with their supporters.

These days, the band is using the Internet to provide an ongoing slew of new material, which is available on its Web site and iTunes.

Of course, the best way to experience the band hasn't changed at all - go see them live.

9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., 503-225-0047, $25

INDIE ROCK

Malajube

They may sing in French, but the second the members of Montreal quintet Malajube launch into their gloriously eclectic tunes, all language barriers are obliterated. It's good fun listening on your stereo, but should be an absolute blast live.

9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, Dante's, 1 S.W. Third Ave., 503-226-6630, $5