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The Dame's lineup is getting stronger

If anyone had any doubts about The Dame getting back on its feet as a leading local music venue — and just about everyone during the past six months has had a few — we suggest a scan of the club's increasingly plump concert lineup for the rest of the spring.

During the past two weeks, the club has greatly beefed up it calendar with some serious surprises and several killer late additions. A few of those head our way as early as next weekend.

We'll fill you in on all of the updates in a moment. But first, let's review the exemplary local sounds that The Dame, 367 East Main Street, has planned for this weekend.

On Friday, the club again hosts one of the most reliable grooves Lexington has to offer: the always fun Latin chill of Big Maracas (8 p.m., $7). Bring your best ventilated dancing shoes out for this one. It's always a late night when the Maracas get rolling.

On Saturday, Idaho, Alaska, which despite the name is made up entirely of local lads, presents soundscapes that fall somewhere between post- grunge and psychedelia on a bill that includes Nashville's Kill the City and Lexington's Latin Heat. (8 p.m., $5.)

Now, let's quickly round up all of the newly announced shows that The Dame has on tap to celebrate spring in all of its rocking glory.

April 18: Raul Malo: The local solo debut of the Roy Orbison-esque Malo will be the singer's first Lexington performance, as far as we can tell, since his former band, The Mavericks, played the long-defunct Breeding's in the early '90s. (8 p.m., $15.)

April 19: The English Beat: Only Dave Wakeling remains from the original Beat lineup that produced such glorious early-'80s post-punk pop hits as Save It for Later and I'll Confess. That will do quite nicely, thank you. (8 p.m., $15.)

April 23: Shooter Jennings: Jennings last played The Dame a year ago, when the fate of its West Main location was sealed. When we spoke to him at the time, Jennings had lots to say about The Dame's demolition. Too bad it's mostly unprintable. (8 p.m., $15 in advance, $17 at the door.)

May 5: Hoobastank: Go figure. The California band that hit big with the 2004 radio single The Reason playing The Dame? Just shows you that the club has something for just about everyone this spring. (8 p.m., $20.)

May 28: Todd Snider: A Snider show around these parts isn't news. But this will be the first time the renegade Nashville song stylist will be in town after walking out on a WoodSongs taping last winter. (8 p.m., $15.)

June 6: The Dynamites: Straight out of Nashville comes this ultra old-school soul and funk troupe. Leading the charge will be singer Charles Walker, whose roots go back to Music City's fertile but largely unheralded R&B scene of the late '50s. (8 p.m., $7.)

June 16: X: Finally, we have the return of Los Angeles' most acclaimed punk troupe. The years might have settled the temperaments of Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom and D.J. Bonebrake. But when X played the old Dame five years ago, the band stuck to music from its first four albums and rocked the house something fierce. (8 p.m., $20.)