Over the course of ten albums, Lucero’s sound has morphed quite a bit. From the scrappy country-punk anthems on early albums like Tennessee and That Much Further West, to the more honkey-tonk tunes on 1372 Overton Park and Women & Work, the Memphis, Tenn. outfit has managed to become more commercially appealing without losing touch with its roots. That much is evident on its excellent new record, All a Man Should Do, which finds the band harkening back to its early sound with ten stripped-down tunes about life, love, and one’s own mortality. Singer/guitarist Ben Nichols’ deeply personal songs find him at a place of remorseful reflection and contemplation. Nichols’ lyrics in “The Man I Was” and “I Woke Up In New Orleans” may come off as quite a bummer, but backed by the rest of the band, they’re bonafide whiskey-tinged sing-a-longs. Lucero performs at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930. 930.com.