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Memphis rockabilly vocalist Sonny Burgess may not be as untamed as he was four decades ago, but as he has demonstrated in recent years with the Sun Rhythm Section, this one-time wild man remains a captivating performer. Like many rockers rooted in the sounds of the late 1950s, Burgess enjoys crooning honky-tonk as much as getting real gone. On his forthcoming self-titled disc, Burgess emphasizes the former on twangy cuts by the likes of Radney Foster and Dave Alvin while still growling out a few slap-bass-and-piano-supported thrillers. Younger opener Rosie Flores is also enamored of both twang and raucous hillbilly sounds, as the titles of 1995’s Rockabilly Filly and the new, expanded reissue of her 1987 debut, retitled A Honky Tonk Reprise, make evident. At 8:30 p.m. at Twist & Shout, 4800 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $8. (301) 652-3383. (Steve Kiviat)