Power-pop royalty to hold court at Cafe Du Nord

Another couple of names you might overlook on a nightclub marquee — Mike Viola and Adam Schlesinger, two genuine power-pop royalty who will actually be performing together this Thursday at San Francisco’s Cafe Du Nord.

Viola initially made his mark with the underrated Candy Butchers, before moving into film soundtracks like Tom Hanks’s “That Thing You Do” and “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.” After playful experiments with his equally-poppy pal Bleu (The Major Labels and the E.L.O.-modeled L.E.O.), he’s launched his own label, Good Morning Monkey Records, which is releasing his new duets album with Kelly Jones, “Melon.”

Schlesinger is even busier.

In addition to maintaining his brilliant Fountains Of Wayne combo, he’s also formed a hooky supergroup, Tinted Windows, with James Iha, Taylor Hanson and Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos.

Thanks to his soundtrack work in films and musicals, he’s been nominated for an Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe. And he’s even dabbled in TV music, for “Crank Yankers,” “Sesame Street” and kiddie shows like “T.U.F.F. Puppy.”

We could say more about this duo’s stunning roster of accomplishments, but why? Go see them on the same stage to get the rest of the story. Contact www.ticketweb.com.

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