When: Thu., April 30, 9 p.m. 2009
As the guitarist sidekick to singer/guitarist Tom Verlaine in the definitive New York proto-alternative band Television, Richard Lloyd was a co-conspirator on one of rock's most magical albums, the band's 1977 debut Marquee Moon. The album turned garage rock into aural poetry, Lloyd's and Verlaine's chiming, searching, interlocking guitars pushing Verlaine's memorably plain-spoken yet mystical songs heavenward.
Nobody tops Marquee Moon, but Lloyd has carved a pretty solid career as an alt-rock elderstatesman in the intervening years — working with Verlaine on some pretty good follow-up records, releasing the occasional well-received solo album, and becoming an ace sideman, mostly notably helping with the ascent of onetime alt hitmaker Matthew Sweet. Lloyd's new music, as heard on 2007's The Radiant Monkey, is heavier, more straightforwardly rockin' than his classic Television material, and he's certainly not the singer/writer Verlaine is, but it's still bracing guitar rock.