Pick: Jonathan Richman

Saturday, March 2nd
Jonathan Richman
The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St.
9 p.m., $15, onepercentproductions.com

It's rare to be graced with a musical legend on a local stage, so it's even more of a treat that Jonathan Richman now seems to make regular appearances on the Waiting Room's stage. Richman founded the Modern Lovers in 1970, taking on the Velvet Underground's template for stripped-down, literate rock music and infusing it with a sweeter outlook and a rock-solid pop sensibility. After the Modern Lovers scattered apart with members helping start both the Talking Heads and the Cars, Richman honed in on a solo career. Many of his records since have taken on an acoustic bent, with elements of spoken-word poetry mixing with his simple, direct pop songs. While considered to be an influence on punk rock, Richman's sound is more apparent on the advent of indie pop.

posted at 09:51 am
on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

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