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Jonathan Richman

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Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman 

When: Fri., Feb. 25, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: $13-15

Founder of The Modern Lovers, forebear of punk, troubadour of There's Something About Mary, Jonathan Richman sings simple, stream-of-consciousness story-songs while strumming an acoustic guitar. His voice transforms from a Lou Reed-style speaking of lyrics to a croon rooted in early rock 'n' roll. Song topics vary from Pablo Picasso to vampires to Boston to cell phones. While not scared of the silly, Richman avoids becoming a novelty act through a sense of genuine, almost childlike wonder and an occasional nostalgic melancholy. Can you really pass up the chance to see Richman perform "I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar?" —Andrew Ritchey

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