Tommy Keene Dead at 59

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Tommy Keene as he poses outside Schuba's Tavern in Chicago on Sept. 15, 2011.

Tommy Keene has died at the age of 59. He “passed unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep” last night, according to a post on his official website.

The Bethesda, Maryland-born power-pop and new wave songwriter released twelve albums over the course of his career, a run which started with his 1984 debut EP Places That Are Gone and extended to his most recent album, 2015’s Laugh In The Dark.

He gathered a cult following in that time and admiration from his fellow musicians. Keene shared the stage with Paul Westerberg and Bob Pollard, and in 2006 he released a collaborative album with Pollard under the name the Keene Brothers. Most recently, he opened for Matthew Sweet on a tour that wrapped up this past September. In 2010, Keene’s career was memorialized in the compilation Tommy Keene You Hear Me: A Retrospective 1983-2009.

This article originally appeared in Stereogum.


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