Music » Critics' Picks

Mike Keneally

7 p.m. Saturday, September 8. The Gramophone, 4243 Manchester Avenue.

by

comment

Say the word "Zappa" in polite company and watch people either foam at the mouth about their favorite Mothers of Invention album or mumble about the man's perceived inscrutability. But few will deny the instrumental dexterity that Zappa espoused and demanded of his players, and Mike Keneally, his former "stunt guitarist" (so called for his superhuman ability), has made his name as a go-to sideman for the likes of Steve Vai and Metalocalypse's cartoon band Dethklok. But his latest solo record shows little of the psych-rock excursions that made him an underground legend — Wing Beat Fantastic was written with XTC's Andy Partridge, and that bittersweet melodic rock that made Partridge's name is now broadcast through Keneally's own formidable chops.

Just the Two of Us: Keneally will be performing songs from the new album with Rick Musallam, a fellow Zappa devotee who has recorded with the Roots, Gwen Stefani and more.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.