Fall in love with modern rock ’n’ roll: Jonathan Richman to play Shank Hall Nov. 14
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Since his days fronting The Modern Lovers, Jonathan Richman has maintained a wide-eyed innocence, whether addressing the explicit rejection of his peers’ recreational activities on “I’m Straight” or just volleying the goofy naïveté of a song like “Springtime In New York,” which sounds exactly like its title. Richman is deeply understated, a bona fide genius working on something akin to children’s songs, and his kid-like charm suits the music, which has a loose-limbed shuffle and frequently delves into genre exercises. His latest album, 2010’s O Moon, Queen Of Night On Earth, couches twilight details reminiscent of the Lovers’ immortal “Roadrunner” in skeletal acoustic arrangements.
On Thursday, November 14, Richman and drummer Tommy Larkins—Richman’s cohort in There’s Something About Mary—will make a rare Milwaukee appearance at Shank Hall. General admission tickets are $15; falling in love with modern rock ’n’ roll and/or Massachusetts is free.