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Richard Thompson is a master of sardonic humor and classy rock ‘n’ roll balladry. Those qualities are found in abundance on Mock Tudor (Capitol), an informal concept album filled with glimpses of London—Thompson’s native city— and its citizens. “Cooksferry Queen,” a bluesy rockabilly number, tells of a sleazy nightclub owner completely transformed by his hippie girlfriend. “Sights and Sounds of London Town,” set to a modified folk-dance beat, paints telling portraits of the sorts of people who inhabit London’s underside. And anyone who’s missed the last bus after a party will empathize with the poor hero of “Walking the Long Miles Home.” Not only is Thompson a clever and perceptive wordsmith, he’s also a tasty electric and acoustic guitarist whose style combines English finesse with rockin’ energy. Catch Thompson’s multileveled artistry tonight or tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $29.50 (703)- 549-7500. (Ken Roseman)