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Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins on drums

  • Tue Nov 7 2017 - 7:00 pm • CSPS Hall
  • $16 advance | $19 door

Jonathan Richman has been writing songs, making records and performing live for most of his life. He began playing guitar at the age of 15, and in the early 1970s formed the Modern Lovers, whose raw, minimalist sound and emotionally forthright songs helped to lay the groundwork for punk rock. By the time the group’s landmark debut album (including the hit single “Road Runner”) was released in 1976, Jonathan had already moved on to a quieter sound and a more lyrical focus. Since then, he’s continued to record and tour prolifically, first with a series of Modern Lovers lineups, later on his own, and eventually as a duo with drummer Tommy Larkins. Today he’s revered by his artist peers, while through tireless touring, he’s built a remarkably loyal international audience. His fans remain fiercely devoted, including those he acquired in the 1990s, through his frequent guest spots on TV’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien, his prominent appearance in the smash film comedy There’s Something About Mary, and the inclusion of those Modern Lovers classics, “Ice Cream Man” and “I’m A Little Airplane,” on Sesame Street. His deceptively straightforward songs embody the timeless qualities of humanity, optimism, emotional insight and a boundless sense of humor, untainted by cynicism or transient notions of hipness.

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