June 29, 1986 |
Summer's here, the concert scene is bursting with big-name rock acts, a slew of superstar albums are about to hit the stores - it's time for . . . Jonathan Richman? Yes, and what a blessed relief the wryly understated music of Richman can be in this time of frantic rock-music activity. Richman's new album - the oh-so-aptly titled It's Time for Jonathan Richman (Upside Records) - coincides with the re-release of all of Richman's previous albums, a noble effort overseen by the Los Angeles independent label Rhino Records.
June 28, 2001 |
ROCK AND SOUL dance party Making Time is now monthly at Transit (10 p.m. tomorrow, 6th and Spring Garden streets, 215-925-8878, www.soundway.com, $8). The main, all-ages floor is Brit-pop and indie dance from Sorted; in the basement, The Turnaround has the funk. The second floor, domain of Rock and Roll Overdose, adds new wave and electro-pop as Automatic Analog. German electronic duo Oval is at the Rotunda (7 p.m. tomorrow, 4012 Walnut St., 215-629-2626, www.r5productions.com, $8)
October 4, 2000 |
In 1995, when England's Elastica broke out all over stateside radio with "Connection" - sounding like Romeo Void shouting along to Wire on the headphones - the group was a kicky new wave oasis in the joyless desert of grunge. The fallout from overnight stardom - drugs, internal dissent, abortive recording sessions, and the very public break-up of Elastica leader Justine Frischmann and Blur frontman Damon Albarn - conspired to delay the arrival of a followup album for five years. That album, The Menace, sounds like, well, an oasis of kicky new wave in a joyless desert of rap-metal.
October 12, 1986 |
The local group BaBa Lou has released an album, BaBa Lou at Bob's (El K'Bong ) that is steeped in the finest rock-and-roll a cappella tradition, from Dion and the Belmonts to Jonathan Richman. The fellows in BaBa Lou like to present themselves as good-time frat boys, but their music's great strength is that its pervasive sense of humor isn't collegiate. Instead, the group uses its mostly acoustic instrumentation and clear, conversational voices to sing about the usual stuff (girls, cars and rock-and-roll itself)
March 19, 2004 |
Trouble Everyday, which can hold its own opening for the Buzzcocks - or probably any New York hipster band - has a debut album, "Days vs. Nights," and limited editions designed by Heads of State are available at tonight's record release bash at the Khyber with the Deadly and Low Budgets (9, 56 S. 2nd St., $6, 215-238-5888, www.thekhyber.com). Trouble Everyday is also playing a benefit for Radio Volta at the Rotunda with Adam12, Betsy Spivak, Dev79, Kiss Kiss Kill and Suzy Q (7 to 11 p.m. Sunday, 4014 Walnut St., 215-573-3234, $5, all ages, www.radiovolta.
April 5, 1996 |
The charm of Jonathan Richman is that he makes basic rock and roll that reveals more with what's not said than with what is. For example, last year's album, You Must Ask the Heart (Rounder), took inspiration from Walter Johnson, a Hall of Fame pitcher from the early 1900s, when baseball was about people, not salaries ("Was there bitterness in Walter Johnson?/Well, it was never detected" is the song's poignant, understated refrain). Richman lets his playful, adventurous songs speak for themselves without blustery attitude or weighty metaphors.
October 14, 2008 |
Few musicians take as much unfettered glee in the sheer act of performance as Jonathan Richman. At the First Unitarian Church on Sunday night, Richman frequently stepped away from the microphone and put down his guitar to dance. As his body twisted and bucked (the crowd was particularly fond of his sweeping high kicks), his eyes were wide and distant, as if he'd been swept away by his own songs. Richman, 57, is best known for the albums he made with Boston's Modern Lovers, particularly their self-titled 1976 debut, which married brute garage rock to Richman's naive romanticism.