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West Coast trans cowpoke Rae Spoon may be the missing link between BC's burgeoning roots scene and the fiercely intelligent folk-punk critiques of early (pre-Maceo Parker funked-up collabos) Ani DiFranco. The production and arrangements on Throw Some Dirt On Me are fairly low-budget - just Spoon's stripped-down banjo and guitar picking, gut-bucket bass and periodic hoedown hollering from his pals. The mix can be wobbly, with the elements occasionally sounding like they were recorded in separate rooms, but he's got a lovely, clear choirboy alto that works well with the bare-bones vibe. Plus it's great to see someone acknowledge the working-class roots of country with subtly pointed lyrics that nod to class analysis - if you can swallow country tunes about the condo association. Rae Spoon saunters into Rancho Relaxo tonight (Thursday, November 11).