And then Jonathan Richman broke up that band and formed a new one, a quieter version of the Modern Lovers, with charming songs about marchin' Martians and abominable snowmen in the marketplace. Eventually that band broke up, too, and Jonathan became more and more whimsical, extolling the delights of cruddy little chewing gum wrappers and Vincent Van Gogh, who loved color and let it show.
Nowadays Jonathan is quieter still, inspiring awe-filled reverence among his fans, who sit hushed in front of stages, seeking the meaning of his love for Latin music and his desire to dance. He's come so far from the Velvet Underground inspiration as to have created its anti-matter. This is the sound of virtual silence, and the sound of love for whatever crosses Jonathan's path.
Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10; call 314-727-4444 for more information.