Jonathan Richman

To really talk about Jonathan Richman would require much more than a paragraph or two.

I assume, though, that the cliff notes would mention his founding the pioneer punk-folk group The Modern Lovers in 1970, and how he hung out with Velvet Underground and the Talking Heads.

It would also probably detail how his music has been covered by the Sex Pistols and David Bowie, and influenced an endless list of big-name bands that have succeeded him.

There also would be the years when Richman went into relative seclusion in Maine during the late '70s, following the disbandment of The Modern Lovers, playing only in local bars.

Ultimately, the singer and songwriter launched an official solo career (having dropped "The Modern Lovers" from his title) in the late '80s, emerging with a folksy country sound with hints of Spanish inspiration.

Richman's latest recording, "O Moon, Queen of Night on Earth," was released in 2010, and the musician continues to produce for others and perform a handful of shows throughout the years.

Jonathan Richman, featuring drummer Tommy Larkins, will perform Sunday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at Doors open at 8:30 p.m. with the show starting at 9:30 p.m.

Go to or call 571-4343 for more information.


Los Angeles-based quintet Grizfolk's story sounds pretty unsurprising on the surface: five dudes in tight pants, buttoned-up dress shirts or V-necks, pointed shiny kicks with beards playing indie music.

It's something of the standard nowadays to associate "indie" with "hipster" and imagine a group of smart kids with big egos and even bigger self-perceived depth playing ironically bad music amid the rubble of coffee cups and cigarette butts. But there's something to Grizfolk that excuses some of the pretension indie music typically dusts up.

Perhaps it's the story of how they came into existence: Three musicians from Sweden deciding to pack up and leave it all behind to start anew in Venice Beach, a place they had only ever heard of. The three become five, the music catches and a big record label steps in to snag the fresh faces.

Or maybe the indie curse was lifted because of the music. It has depth, but it's not indulgently complex. The synth-pop makes sense and isn't overdone, probably not unrelated to the Swedish origins. And the music maintains a soul with catchy melodies and prominent bass and drums collaborations.

Whatever it is, it seems to be working. Grizfolk's new EP, "From the Spark," was just released on Virgin Records and the band is on tour with ZZ Ward (see Pages 18-19 for more on Ward).

Grizfolk will perform at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., Thursday with ZZ Ward and The O' My's. Tickets are $18-$100 and are available at the Music Farm box office, the door or online at Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show slated to start at 7:30 p.m.

Go to or call 577-6989 for more information.

Frances Cone

New to the indie-pop scene, members of the trio Frances Cone met last year and began collaborating on material each already had as well as writing new music together.

Vocalist and keyboardist Christina Cole's sweet Southern-tinged soprano is complemented with all-around excellent musicianship to help carve out a small corner for the band among the indie crowd in Brooklyn.

But don't just take my word for it; the group made the "Best of" list of several publications, including Daytrotter and Vanity Fair.

Frances Cone will perform Friday at the Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Road. Tickets are $5 at the door with the show set to start at 10 p.m.

Call 571-0775 for more information.