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Music review

Richman alternately funny, poignant at Low Beat

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Singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman, who will probably never outlive his Modern Lovers fame, played a personal, partly hilarious and partly intellectual show Monday night at the region’s newest music venue The Low Beat, which opened last month.

Richman’s entire presence is a put-on, his songs generally steeped in humor with underlining lessons. When least guarded, however, he delivers unexpected poignancy.

And occasionally he’s the one caught off guard, or at least pretends to be, as ...

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