There's a place in France, etc.


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


keyboard collaborator

Tom Siler


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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