930 Club 30th Anniversary Show, Washington, DC (5-31-2010)-7957, originally uploaded by BetweenLoveandLike.
Power pop, when done wrong, can leave a sacchrine taste in one's mouth. But power pop when done right is a massive thing of beauty. Tommy Keene is one who does power pop oh-so-wonderfully-right, and has for many years now. If you're looking for hooks, Keene's music provides them by the armful.
A big ol' collection of Keen's songs is coming out on 6/13 titled Tommy Keene You Hear Me: A Retrospective 1983-2009 (Second Motion Records). The 2-disc set includes 41 previously-released tracks chosen from his first release, Strange Alliance, up to and including to his most recent, 2009's In the Late Bright. If you aren't super familiar with Keene's work, this would be a great place to start.
Give a Listen:
-Places That are Gone-Tommy Keene/ Buy Songs From the Film
-Save This Harmony-Tommy Keene/ Buy In the Late Bright
Keene is also doing a few dates in September, both headlining and as an opening act, including opening for Superchunk's show here in DC (!!!!).
Tommy Keene September 2010 Tour Dates
9/8: Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI
9/9: Schubas, Chicago, IL
9/16: Club Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA (*** Early Show/Doors at 6:00pm *** )
9/17: 9:30 Club, Washington, DC 9 (opening for Superchunk)
9/18: The Record Collector, Bordentown, NJ
9/22: Spaceland, Los Angeles, CA
9/24: Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco, CA