There's a place in France, etc.

class=img_thumbleft> King of France singer Steve Salett can be seen in promo spots for MTV's The Real World: Austin playing much the same role as Jonathan Richman did in There's Something About Mary --he has the same utter empathy bordering on goofiness. He also has Frank Black 's range, but an octave lower and without the screams, and makes jumpy indie-jazz-country-rock with his old Deformo keyboard collaborator Tom Siler (of Tulip Sweet and Her Trail of Tears ) and drummer Michael Azerrad (the noted American punk historian). Tonight's homecoming of sorts at the Quest Ascot Room , opening for Robbers on High Street , celebrates the Echo Records release of The King of France , which you should own (and which I should review!). Buy the old one first if you don't believe me. With headliners Robbers on High Street and openers the Mercy Kiss. All ages. $10. 6:30 p.m. The Quest Ascot Room, 110 Fifth St. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.3383. (P.S. Jonathan Richman is coming soon , too.)

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