16

S U N D A Y

Trading the characteristic striped shirt of the crusading folkie for the more respectable coat and tie of the industrial spy, The Foremen carry on the proud Tom Lehrer tradition of putting topical politics in its proper place. On its new album, What’s Left?, the clever quartet asks the musical question, “Is that a hidden agenda in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?” and gallop straight-faced through such pointed ditties as “My School Prayer,” “What Did You Do on Election Day?,” and “Privateers of the Public Airwaves.” Their humor is deft enough to draw this endorsement from a befuddled Ollie North: “Friends, this is a very weird group.” He’s Right, they’re right, and all that’s Left is to laugh. At 8 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3901 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $15. (703) 549-5919. (Dave Nuttycombe)