Billy Bragg, Kim Churchill

When: Tue., April 2, 8 p.m. 2013

When he's not busy lending his support to various left-leaning political standoffs, Billy Bragg is one of the world's steadier producers of folk and protest music. His muse never far from his sleeves, Bragg's collaborations with Wilco for the Mermaid Avenue series featured a reimagining of the Woody Guthrie cache of unreleased lyrics set to new music, and became one of his more notable contributions to the folk canon, despite his own prolific tendencies. Still, his new album, Tooth and Nail, is his first release of all new material since 2007's Mr. Love and Justice, and is a bit of a resigned listen, if only for its relative lack of Bragg's subtle lyrical snarls. As you might expect by now, Tooth also includes a Woody Guthrie cover, but don't let his tributes to old folksters lull you into thinking Bragg's had it. See this show for proof. RYAN J. PRADO

Price: $25-28

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