Jonathan Richman at Hi-Tone Tonight 

I can say this with some certainty: If there isn’t a place in your heart for Jonathan Richman, then there is clearly something wrong with your heart.

With nothing but a guitar and a set of cocktail drums, Richman will rock away your worry with pre-punk anthems like "Roadrunner," get you feeling all fuzzy with melancholy odes to "That Summer Feeling," and inspire an innocent longing to get "Closer" to the person you love the most.

The wonder and absolute delight Richman displays while running through his catalog of underground classics illustrates why he remains a beloved and vastly influential artist. His sweet, anti-commercial honesty, which in an awestruck way outshines even the likes of Bob Dylan, has, we assume, kept him from becoming a superstar.

Richman returns to the Hi-Tone Cafe Friday, October 3rd, with excellent new local folk-rock band The Warble opening. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $10. — CHRIS DAVIS

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