Jonathan Richman+Vic Chesnutt

It's been a year since Richman, New York's favorite nursery-rhyme punk, dropped the sorely underrated Because Her Beauty Is Raw And Wild. The lovelorn maestro, whose Modern Lovers cemented punk rock with "Roadrunner" and voiced Ben Stiller's affections in There's Something About Mary, is known for his Pauly Shore-like good looks and simple, flawless love songs. (Even "Couples Must Fight" illustrates the obvious.) A slacker protège who would influence everyone from the Violent Femmes to Adam Green, Richman understands that beneath punk's fickle boredom is a beating heart. With Athens icon Vic Chesnutt.
Tue., June 16, 8 p.m., 2009

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