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In the 80s Keene scored a contract with Geffen Records and got a short-lived promotional push that ultimately failed. Though he went through a recording drought in the first half of the 90s, he never gave up his love for power pop, and in recent years he's been on a tear—he's putting out records at a solid pace, touring regularly, and writing some of his catchiest tunes. So while nothing on Behind the Parade is going to start a revolution, its pleasures are abundant and the craftsmanship of Keene's writing ought to stand the test of time; the new album is as good as anything he's done in the past 15 years. Below you can check out the opening track with its unexpected trumpet part.
Keene headlines Schubas tonight, playing with frequent collaborator Sally Crewe—a UK expat who lives in Austin and makes music just as hooky as his. Also performing is Doug Gillard (Guided by Voices, Death of Samantha), who's been collaborating with Crewe.
Tommy Keene, "Deep Six Saturday"
Dan Tepfer Trio, Five Pedals Deep (Sunnyside)
Steve Lacy, November (Intakt)
Les Mangalepa, Endurance (RetroAfric)
Samy Izy, Tsara Madagasikara (Network)
Angles, Epileptical West: Live in Coimbra (Clean Feed)