Clarence Greenwood is everywhere and nowhere. Turn on the television or go to the movie theater, and you're certain to hear his driving choruses or melodic refrains leit motifing all kinds of popular culture (seeEntourage
,Teton Gravity Research
, Acura commercials, and others). Greenwood, who records under the nameCitizen Cope
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, also represents a chameleonic musical everyman--he plays guitar, the keys, sings, and DJs (his initial foot in the door). Which is why, even with a burgeoning fan base, he still flies under the category-craving radars of many.
It's this sense of intimate celebrity, this beyond-the-tipping-point-yet-still-undiscovered vibe, that keeps audiences from bemoaning Citizen Cope's habitually late starts and sometimes intoxicated performances. But his current stripped-down acoustic tour (staged with a complete mock living room) has received twitterpating reviews acknowledging how well his live sound holds up to his records, striking a careful balance between romantic and political, soulful and sparse, emotive and detached.
Citizen Cope. Sunday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 24. Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale. Show starts at 8 p.m. both nights. Tickets cost $29.99 for one day; a two-show pass is $49.99. All ages. 954-564-1074; www.cultureroom.net
-- Devan Schwartz