While down in San Francisco last week I saw Tom Verlaine and his band (Fred Smith, Louie Appel, Jimmy Ripp) at Slim’s. Tom looked good if (as always) a bit gaunt, and his band was top-notch. I really enjoyed the show, which combined his cool approach with some real rock and roll heat at times – some nice interplay of guitars with Ripp, and a solid rhythm section. Only recognized one old song, not that it mattered much; it was about the playing.
Here’s a recent article with a good interview with Verlaine.