Frank Black, who was known as Black Francis when he was the lead singer/songwriter with the Pixies, will bring his solo acoustic show to Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St., at 10 p.m. Friday, May 3.
Since the release of his self-titled 1993 solo debut album, Black has ventured into sounds ranging from hard-rocking to laid-back to high concept to sexually charged.
Tickets are $18. For more information, call 423-267-4644 or visit www.rhythm-brews.com.
Quotes attributed to Frank Black, aka Black Francis:
• "But the truth is that critics are by definition critical. That's their job."
• "As soon as I got into music, I tried to be a working, real artist who gets paid for what he does, who doesn't have a day job."
• "I certainly have gotten caught up in the music business at various times in my life, mostly because you want to get along with whatever record company you're dealing with. I don't want to be flaky. I don't want to be some temperamental, hard-to-work-with musician."
• "I don't make records that way, where I'm trying to please the marketplace or anything. Not because I have anything against that, it's just never been a part of my aesthetic, even when I was with the Pixies."
• "I have always been a singer, a writer and a musician, not as a prodigy or as in a trade handed to me by my parents, but because of an inner voice or maybe a command from beyond reality as it is usually defined."
• "I'm always looking to rock out. But it isn't really about rocking out versus being mellow, in terms of your personal satisfaction. In the end, you just want to be good. When you look at something that's really good, it might be Iggy Pop or it might be Leonard Cohen. Whatever it is, you want it to be really good."
• "I'm an untrained musician. Untrained musicians don't really have any music theory. They don't have a lot of rules. We break the rules, but it's mostly because we don't know what the rules are. It's easy for us to go to certain places, so I'm not surprised that a lot of people were amused by my songwriting style."
• " ... I want to be more famous so people are examining my work couplet by couplet, you know what I mean? That's the level where I want to go."
• "My most cryptic, strange songs might be my most personal, but that isn't how people are going to receive them, because they don't know the code."