The Who

The death of drummer Keith Moon (1978) and bassist John Entwistle (2002), rock's most savage, most identifiable rhythm section, couldn't stop the Who. Neither could loss of hearing, interpersonal hiccups between survivors Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, arrests, or strained vocal cords. At 68 and 67 respectively, Daltrey and Townshend dusted themselves off and refused to die young, despite what an early hit, 1965's "My Generation," hoped. Instead, this pair took the band's most inspired and imaginative rock opera, 1973's Quadrophenia (which I prefer to Tommy, despite its filmic and Broadway runs), stripped away its chatty, bothersome narrative, and let Townshend's most brutal and poignant songs of youth's wrongs and longings breathe with defiant, if aged, effervescence.

- A.D. Amorosi

The Who play 8 p.m. Saturday, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. Tickets: $36.50-$126.50. They also play 8 p.m. Feb. 22, at Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Tickets: $39.50-$129.50. Information: 1-800-736-1420,

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

With only three previous solo albums - the most recent is 2011's excellent Here We Rest - it might seem a little early for Jason Isbell to be releasing a live set such as the current Live From Alabama. But before going solo, the 33-year-old Alabama guitarist spent six years as the third songwriting wheel to the Patterson Hood-Mike Cooley tandem in Southern rock standouts Drive By Truckers. So it turns out that Live From Alabama is stacked with sharply detailed Isbell-penned tunes that deftly navigate the rock-country divide - like "The Blue," from Isbell and the 400's 2009 solo album, or "Danko/Manuel," from the Truckers' 2004 The Dirty South. So you'd think he wouldn't need to include covers like Candi Staton's "Heart on a String" or Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane." Good thing he did, though: The former is a most effective vehicle for the horn section that pumps up the 400 Unit on the home-turf gig, and, while "Hurricane" may not quite measure up to Youngian standards, it still unleashes a mighty wind.

- Dan DeLuca

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit with Communist Daughter at the World Cafe Live at 8 p.m. Monday. Tickets: $15-$22. Phone: 215-222-1400.

Joey Sweeney   

 Joey Sweeney is throwing himself a birthday party, and you're invited. Sweeney has been a man about town in indie-rock circles since the early '90s, when he led the Barnabys, a young band of jangly, snarky Anglophiles. Several solo and group projects followed, including the more sophisticated, often melancholy The Trouble With Sweeney, before Sweeney stepped away from the stage and became the editor and publisher of local culture website Philebrity. But Saturday night, on his 40th birthday, he reunites his various bands as well as fronts the brash new rock-and-roll outfit Arctic Splash for a night dubbed Joey Sweeney, Your Life Is Calling: The Best of Joey Sweeney, 1992-2012. Expect Phillycentric songs like "Losers From Rodham Street" and "Hallahan Girls," and guest turns by friends including Brian McTear (Bitter Bitter Weeks), Quentin Stolzfus (Mazarin), Mike Brenner (Slo-Mo), and Laura Baird (The Baird Sisters).

   - Steve Klinge

Joey Sweeney with the Barnabys, The Trouble With Sweeney, Arctic Splash, and others, play 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. Tickets: $10. Information: 215-739-9684,