Modern World


After nearly 40 years of performing lovably idiosyncratic alt-folk music, Jonathan Richman remains as iconoclastic as ever. Although the lanky baritone put out 20 to 30 critically acclaimed LPs since the mid-’70s—including his work with the celebrated proto-punk group the Modern Lovers—and even appeared with his longtime drummer Tommy Larkins as the Greek chorus in There’s Something About Mary, he conducts his career on his own terms. As he enters his 60s, Richman tours endlessly, making quasi-annual NYC appearances at intimate venues (like this one). Most impressive, though, is the fact he hasn’t lost an ounce of spunk, as he’s proven in the recent past, with summer gigs where he turned off the A.C. and raised his acoustic to play earnest guitar solos on tongue-in-cheek tunes like “I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar.” Maybe the title of his 1996 album, Surrender to Jonathan, wasn’t so much a command as an inevitability.

Tue., Feb. 19, 9 p.m.; Wed., Feb. 20, 9 p.m., 2013