Having suggested, on 2004's "Won't Be Home," that the unquenchable longing souring so many relationships goes back to a person's exit from the womb, Old 97's singer Rhett Miller keeps working the same theme of separation and distance regardless, across a bright career spanning indies and majors, solo and band albums, Dallas alt-country and what now sounds like U.K. garage pop (on last year's The Grand Theatre Volume One). Does it help that he sounds not much older than Justin Bieber? Opening are Those Darlins, who have Kirsty MacColl's attitude and the Soviettes' attack, which makes them sound like the girl group Patsy Cline never joined, plus raunch. 18+.
Sun., Feb. 20, 7 p.m., 2011