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Abraham Levitan 

When: Tue., July 23, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $5
Abraham Levitan’s musical imagination seems to draw on faculties that ordinary humans do not possess. As half of the team behind Shame That Tune—the monthly comedy “game show” that focuses on playfully exploiting three contestants who retell tales of humiliation—he flexes his chops as an archetypal piano man with a shit-eating grin, taking just a few minutes to write sharp comedic songs based on those stories as well as that month’s predetermined hokey theme (“Tribute to Ireland,” “Tribute to the Red States”). And before popular locals Baby Teeth split up last summer, Levitan dealt sass like a winking Vegas blackjack dealer as the band’s front man, creating suave, theatrical pop with a heavy coat of 80s and his tongue in cheek. Based on that resumé alone it was pretty safe to expect the far-out-there at this monthlong Tuesday residency—a couple weeks back, for example, he performed a full night of improvised operettas. Tonight Levitan will cover in its entirety the motivational business album by former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason, Hardly Workin’. Really. In case you’re unfamiliar, it’s cheesy and overwrought and apparently directed at the misguided youth of business professionals or something. And I know for a fact that Levitan wishes he’d made it first. —Kevin Warwick

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