Nick Lowe has written some of our era's most poignant ("[What's So Funny 'Bout] Peace, Love, and Understanding"), ebullient ("Skin Deep," "Cruel to Be Kind"), and raunchy gems. Per the latter category, see the immortal 1979 LP Labour of Lust, which contains such beauties as "American Squirm." A sleekly contoured amalgam of country, rockabilly, pub rock, and power pop, Lowe's catalog abounds with instantly catchy tunes and slyly humorous lyrics, which he sings, paradoxically, like a London-bred cowboy. Recognize a master craftsman. (Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave, 467-5510. 8 pm, $30.50–$40.50, all ages.)

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