Sunday, Feb. 20
All punks should age as well as Jon Langford. The prolific 53-year-old Welshman-turned-Chicagoan set the bar pretty high in the late ’70s with the Mekons, the caustic and occasionally countrified (and still quite active) art-punk outfit that he co-founded, and Langford later delivered some equally-great material with numerous concurrent side projects including the boozy Waco Brothers and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts. But his solo output of late has been some of his best material yet: Both 2006’s Gold Brick and his recently released Old Devils—an alternately rollicking and contemplative Americana/rock LP recorded with backing band Skull Orchard—find Langford transitioning from shouting to singing without losing his gritty edge, and musing on mortality and regret without abandoning his trademark sharp-tongued sociopolitical barbs. M.A.G.
7pm. $5-$10. With Eddie Spaghetti, Whitey Morgan and the 78’s + Lydia Loveless. North Star, 27th and Poplar sts. 215.787.0488. northstarbar.com
Monday, Feb. 21
Dogs on the Yard
One of the reasons URBN (the Philly-based parent company of Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Free People) cited for moving the HQ from 18th and Walnut to their current (gorgeously decorated, enormous) digs at the Navy Yard was their pet policy—while the Rittenhouse space was nice and much easier to get to, they wanted to let its 650 staffers make every day Bring Your Dog to Work Day. Anyone who’s been to the Navy Yard space during work hours can tell you that the place is now practically swarming with well-behaved, well-coiffed dogs, and tonight the Sharp With Art Group opens a show of portraits of the staff’s canine companions. The show’s open to the public, but the Navy Yard sometimes isn’t; RSVP with your first and last name by noon Saturday to firstname.lastname@example.org so that you’ll be able to get in. -E.G.
6pm. Free. Building 543, 5000 S. Broad St. 215.454.5500. dogsontheyard.eventbrite.com
Tuesday, Feb. 22
Jackson’s deep sultry croon has lost some resonance over the years, but the First Lady of Rockabilly hasn’t forsaken any of her spunk. She was sexy enough to court the King when she joined Presley on tour as a teen in the ’50s and still possesses a special spark. There’s inimitable fierceness to Jackson’s music as evident in her Eddie Cochran cover “Nervous Breakdown” (off the new Jack White-produced album, The Party Ain’t Over) and classics “Fujiyama Mama” and “Let’s Have a Party.” A musical trailblazer, Jackson’s arguably the original riot grrrl, having left an indelible mark on country and rockabilly with her indomitable swagger, proving chromosomes have no impact on one’s ability to rock out. -Chris Parker
8pm. $27-$55. With Delco Nightingale. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
Calendar: Aug. 26-Sept. 2