Rock & Pop

Freedy Johnston

When: Fri., May 14, 7:30 p.m. 2010

While some might think of Freedy Johnston as a one-hit wonder by way of his 1994 smash "Bad Reputation," the native Kansan hasn't stopped playing. Even though his last release was 2007's My Favorite Waste of Time, an all-covers project featuring material by Marshall Crenshaw, Matthew Sweet, NRBQ, and Matthew Sweet, Johnston returns with Rain On the City, his first new album of all-original fare in eight years. Currently residing in Nashville, Johnston used the singer-songwriter-friendly environs as inspiration for a stellar batch of songs ranging from the Buddy Holly-esque "It's Gonna Come Back to You" to "Lonely Penny," the atmospheric opening track featuring subtle ukulele accompaniment (either about a found coin or a forlorn gal). Currently taking time off from The Know-It-All Boyfriends, his ad-hoc side-project with Garbage's Butch Vig and Duke Erikson, Johnston will be bringing his brand of acoustic-flavored power-popto Cafe du Nord (2170 Market St., San Francisco) on Friday, May 14. 7:30 p.m., $15.

Dave Gil de Rubio

Price: $15

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