Rock & Pop

Billy Bragg/Jon Langford

When: Mon., Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. 2017

Tooth & Nail, Bragg’s most recent album, might not have the sonic edge that his earlier records sported, but the razor-sharp power of his songwriting stands up through each tune (all of which were recorded live, by the way). The journeyman's attitude and wistful observational wit that one might pick up on the docile "January Song" or the breezy "Your Name on My Tongue" can be traced quite simply back to, say, "Greetings to the New Brunette" or "Wishing the Days Away." His blend of political critique and love song may tilt toward the latter these days, but the humanity is still full-on Bragg. And a quick note: Bragg wrote an unsettling little tune called “The Times They Are A-Changin’ Back” in the wake of the presidential inauguration. We need his stuff more than ever. (Eric Sandy)

Price: $45 ADV, $50 DOS

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