R.I.P. Tommy Keene, pop singer-songwriter

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As confirmed with a publish on his official web site and reported by Selection, power-pop singer-songwriter Tommy Keene has died. The publish gave no explanation for dying, merely saying that he died “unexpectedly, however peacefully, in his sleep.” Keene was 59.

By means of a profession that spanned almost 40 years, Keene developed a devoted cult following and launched 11 full-length albums and quite a few EPs and different compilations, working with influential producers like T-Bone Burnett and Don Dixon. He additionally collaborated with different comparable artists within the indie group, together with Matthew Candy, the Goo Goo Dolls, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, The Replacements’ Paul Westerberg, and Robert Pollard—with the 2 of them releasing an EP collectively as The Keene Brothers.

Born in Illinois in 1958, Keene was raised in Maryland and started his music profession within the ‘70s by enjoying with Washington D.C.-area bands just like the Razz. He launched his solo profession within the ‘80s, with the title monitor from his 1984 EP Locations That Are Gone happening to change into certainly one of his largest hits, each critically and commercially. After a foray into the key labels for 1986's profitable Songs From The Movie and the darker flip of 1989's Primarily based On Joyful Instances, Keene took a break from recording after which returned to the indie world for a number of albums within the ‘90s and early 2000s.

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Brooklyn Vegan compiled some memorials for Keene from his mates and collaborators:

Keene is survived by his accomplice, Michael Lundsgaard.

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