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The hardest working man on the fringe of show business, leftist cow-punker Jon Langford plays with the Mekons, the Waco Brothers, Ship and Pilot, the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, and probably a half-dozen other bands. But the Welsh-bred Chicagoan is also a painter, cartoonist, and folk historian—avocations that come together in his new book, Nashville Radio. Langford’s volume combines etchings, lyrics, autobiographical musings, and something he calls “song-paintings”—all in homage to such trad-country influences as Bob Wills and Hank Williams—as well as an informal critique (rueful, no doubt) of his adopted country. Plus, because Langford apparently doesn’t have enough outlets for his songs, the book also includes a CD with 18 previously unreleased tracks. Langford will read from his book, sign copies, sing a few tunes, and—if time permits—execute a couple of quick sketches that undermine the hegemony of global capital at 3 p.m. at Vertigo Books, 7346 Baltimore Ave., College Park. Free. (301) 779-9300. (Mark Jenkins)