Violent Femmes Co-Founder To Perform Tonight at the Hi Ho Lounge

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Gordon Gano, co-founder of and songwriter for alt-rock monoliths the Violent Femmes returns to the scene he helped spawn with Under the Sun, which was released on Yep Roc Records on September 15. The band will hit the Hi Ho Lounge for a stripped-down set this Friday, November 20, 2009.

On Under the Sun, film-scoring brothers and Bogmen members Brendan and Billy Ryan join Gano for their first collaboration and Gordon’s first non-Femmes release as a front man. Gano’s influence on alternative music is immeasurable and his latest work is sure to remind the music world of the force and presence with which he originally stormed onto the scene in 1983, paving the way for the commercial explosion of alternative music a decade later. Gano’s signature emotionalism is present in full force on razor-edged ballads like the title track, “Under the Sun” and the gorgeously unfurling “Still Suddenly Here.” Tense propulsion underpin “Wave and Water” and “Man in the Sand.” Under the Sun marks the beginning of a promising partnership with the Ryans and the return of a musical heavyweight. It is his most cohesive collaboration yet.

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