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Tommy Keene

Tommy Keene

When: Wed., July 2, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $13
Tommy Keene’s absolute devotion to the pleasures and intricacies of power pop has been great for his music but lousy for his career and his popularity. Since emerging in the mid-80s he’s demonstrated a willful disregard for changing tastes and trends, steadfastly sticking with confectionary melodies wedded to crisp guitars and driving rhythms—and that’s made him a cult artist with a small but rabid following. On last year’s Excitement at Your Feet (Second Motion), his tenth album and the first devoted entirely to covers, his choices are all so-called deep cuts by classic-rock staples (the Who, the Rolling Stones, Roxy Music) and gems from fellow fringe legends such as the Flamin’ Groovies (their jacked-up version of Randy Newman’s “Have You Seen My Baby?”) and Mink Deville (“Let Me Dream if I Want To”). To his credit, Keene makes all 11 tracks—including the early Bee Gees ballad “I Laugh in Your Face” and Television’s “Guiding Light”—sound like songs of his own. —Peter Margasak
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