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Friday, Sept. 13: Richard Album and the Lifestyles


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Richard Album (along with his band, the Lifestyles) is a master of power pop, straight down to the sort of vulnerable songwriting that once defined the genre. Similar to those artists, his album covers feature faux-heartthrob poses. On the cover of Sophomore he poses as a college man circa 1955, which he cribbed from Nick Lowe and Greg Kihn, who both cribbed from Frankie Avalon and other clean-cut heart throbs.

As a musician, Richard Album tends to find the middle ground between the too-brief punk blowout and the power pop treatise. Album's voice cracks, more often than not, revealing the sort of love-starved boy that Costello, Jackson and Lowe always represented.

Read Rev. Adam McKinney's full feature on Richard Album in the Music and Culture section.

RICHARD ALBUM AND THE LIFESTYLES, w/ Palace Buddies and Stephen Steinbrink, 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13, Northern, 414 ½ Legion Way, Olympia,

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