Although Stew (né Mark Stewart) and Heidi Rodewald are the only permanent members of TNP, they opted to release the next album, Guest Host, under the Stew franchise. Whereas TNP is often regarded as a pageant of manic merrymaking, the songs on the solo outings are more like unguarded conversations between strangers on a train. Stew's latest, The Naked Dutch Painter...and Other Songs, dovetails panoramic portraits of obscure objects of desire with bittersweet pop songs and is among this year's most satisfying records.
After a dream stint opening for a rejuvenated Arthur Lee and Love, Stew and Heidi bring their cerebral cabaret back to the vibrant environs of the Way Out Club. Drop in for an evening of salubrious adult entertainment.
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