Former Modern Lovers bandleader Jonathan Richman makes his annual pit stop at the 40 Watt Club on Thursday with longtime drummer and collaborator Tommy Larkins in tow. Though Richman’s recent recorded output is limited to a pair of 7-inch singles released earlier this year, his storied live show consists mainly of hand-picked gems from his massive back catalog, like crowd favorites “I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar” and “Let Her Go Into the Darkness.” The songwriter’s former band is credited with helping spark punk rock in the ‘70s, but his lyrical, literate output stands apart for its melodic frankness and near-total lack of cynicism.
8 p.m. $12. 40watt.com
JONATHAN RICHMAN The former Modern Lovers frontman known for his playful, evocative lyricism returns to town with his longtime drummer Tommy Larkins. See Calendar Pick on p. 20.