Jonathan Richman’s first group, the Modern Lovers, distilled the early hipster scene at CBGB down to punk. But throughout his subsequent solo career, he’s favored acoustic instrumentation over sonic assault, and his songwriting has borrowed more from the Warholian urges of Lou Reed than the glam of the New York Dolls or candidness of the Ramones. He’s at Bowery Ballroom.
Third Eye Blind holds a very special place in the hearts of Millennials — the band’s luminous pop reinvigorated alt-rock for young people disheartened by their grungy elders’ unbridled negativity. They’re at Roseland tonight.
Ohio-based Wussy have an earthier take on the ensemble pop of Yo La Tengo and the New Pornographers, both of whom they outperform. At $8, their Cake Shop show is a steal.
The great blues guitarist Leo Kottke is a regular guest at Bluesfest and on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion; he performs at the City Winery.