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The New Folk movement is not so new anymore, but one of its original leaders, John Gorka, is still going strong. Gorka, who says he simply “can’t do commercial music,” released his eighth album, The Company You Keep, in March. His 14 new songs focus on divorce, busy households, becoming a man, and making mistakes. But Gorka, who used to tour 200 days a year, is settling down—and it shows. His new music is gentle and rolling, and his lyrics range from defeatist (“Guess I’d better get back up/Get up off the ground again/Guess I’m really not so tough/Up is farther than it’s ever been”) to silly (“While they fish out the fisheries/I wish on the wisheries”). The highlights of the album are Gorka’s duets with Ani DiFranco, Kathleen Johnson, and Mary Chapin Carpenter—but unfortunately, these ladies won’t be at tonight’s concert. Instead, Alice Peacock opens at 8 p.m. at Barns of Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $18. (703) 218-6500. (Hannah Lord)