Power-pop and new wave songwriter, guitarist and singer Tommy Keene passed away “unexpectedly, but peacefully, in his sleep” last night, November 23rd at the age of 59 according to a post on his website. No detailed cause of death has been given.
The Bethesda-born artist gained a cult following over his nearly 40-year career, during which he released 11 albums, four EPs, three compilations, and a live album. He released his first album Strange Alliance in 1982 and his most recent album Laugh in The Dark just two years ago in 2015. The title track to his EP Places That Are Gone became an alt-hit in 1984 and helped propel his fame.
He was revered by critics and musicians alike and released a collaborative album titled Blues and Boogie Shoes with Bob Pollard in 2006 under the name the Keene Brothers.