Jonathan Richman

When: Sat., Feb. 16, 9 p.m. 2013

He's been performing under his own name for most of his career, but Jonathan Richman perseveres with the burden of his influence as the frontman of The Modern Lovers. That cult-favorite, proto-punk outfit established Richman's singular songwriting perspective. He took an unaffected and observant approach to lyrics often described as "childlike" and set them to a steady, sparse backing reminiscent of The Velvet Underground, his idols. The Modern Lovers' songs have been covered by no lesser figures than David Bowie, Iggy Pop, John Cale and Siouxie & the Banshees. Richman's solo career has produced a varied and idiosyncratic catalog, ranging from country to Latin, cementing his reputation as a righteous experimenter. —Bryan C. Reed

Price: $12-15

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