London's Damian Lazarus disproves the aphorism that those who can't do, write. A former music journalist (whose favorite interview was with Gonzo from the Muppets), Lazarus has made his writing career merely a footnote to his recent years of DJing, producing, and running the Crosstown Rebels label of funky yet tough electro grooves. Expect the latest in upfront music from the U.K. capital mixed in with party classics on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Mighty at 10 p.m. Admission is $10-12; call 762-0151 or visit www.mighty119.com for more info. Tamara Palmer
Houston's Devin The Dude isn't an ordinary rapper. First of all, he can sing, with a sweet drawl devoid of vocal gymnastics and suggestive enough of laid-back hood life to have graced the hooks on records by both Dr. Dre and Scarface. Second, he maintains a sense of humor about himself and the high life that he lives (that is, he rivals Snoop for smoking abilities). Twist one up for a Dirty South favorite on Monday, Nov. 6, at Red Devil Lounge at 8 p.m. Admission is $15-18; call 921-1695 or visit www.reddevillounge.com for more info. T.P.