In his densely packed song “Hope For Dinner, singer-songwriter Brian Dickens hits a nerve with lines such as, “My father worked all day for 40 whole years, now he counts his retirement as his greatest fear.” On this and on his recent song, “Guess Who Wins,” Dickens digs into a fear of an uncertain future that permeates the culture, and somehow manages to find a modicum of hope. It’s great work from an extremely interesting artist.

What: Brian Dickens and Lovina
When: 8 p.m. Sept. 13
Where: Strong Style Coffee, 13 Cushing St., Fitchburg
How much: Free