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Paul Weller Comes to Town: Three Nights with the Modfather

July 25th, 2013

As one of the leading figures of the Mod revival, Paul Weller has been influencing English music for decades, first as frontman of the Jam, one of the most popular of the late-’70s/ early-’80s British punk and New Wave bands, and then as the leader of the R&B- and soul-tinged Style Council. Weller went solo back in 1992 with the release of an acclaimed self-titled LP. And the Modfather has remained active, touring and recording music, ever since. His most recent release, his 11th solo album, Sonik Kicks (stream it below), which the BBC says, “fizzes and spits from its first track,” came out last year. And the ever-busy Englishman (above, performing “Dragonfly” at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival for Festivo TV) has crossed the pond to play three New York City shows, tonight at the world famous Apollo Theater, tomorrow at Webster Hall and on Saturday at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which is sold out. We suggest you spend some time with him. (Singer-songwriter Matthew Ryan—who’s been glowingly compared to Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, and Leonard Cohen—opens each show.)