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Tommy Keene in Studio on World Cafe 4/30/09

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Tommy Keene: A Power-Pop Master Returns

Tommy Keene: A Power-Pop Master Returns

Tommy Keene in Studio on World Cafe 4/30/09

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Set List

"Late Bright"

"Secret Life of Stories"

"Nighttime"

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From his beginnings as a child pianist through his decades as pop-rock singer-songwriter, Tommy Keene has written some of the best work of the 1980s post-punk era. Despite his lack of commercial success, Keene's power-pop was marked by romantically bittersweet melodies and swift arrangements. Balancing his roles as a solo artist and a hired gun for acts like Robert Pollard and Paul Westerberg, Keene is known for his thunderous guitar work and master of pop hooks.

His first studio album since 2002, In the Late Bright, embodies Keene's impeccable pop sensibilities. With swirling guitars and touches of keyboard, Keene's post-punk and folk-pop compositions demonstrate a career's worth of strengths. In a session with World Cafe host David Dye, Keene reveals the music that inspired his sound.

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Album
In the Late Bright
Artist
Tommy Keene
Label
Second Motion
Released
2009

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