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Sounds of the City: Jonathan Richman



Here’s another career that’s had more than its share of twists and turns. Depending on when you came upon him, you may know Jonathan Richman as a gloomy architect of punk rock, an almost absurdly cheerful/childlike balladeer, or That Guy with the Guitar in the Tree in There’s Something About Mary. Then there’s the country-western album, the Spanish-language CDs, and sundry other variations on his lifelong theme: using simple language, unexpected images, and spare melodies to evoke deceptively complex emotions. In some sense the definitive cult act of the last thirty years, Richman travels light and plays by his own rules. It’s been a while since he’s hit Buffalo, so expect an eager crowd.
 

Jonathan Richman
8 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, at Mohawk Place
(800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com)

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