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Interviewing Marshall Crenshaw: 1980s pop hitmaker, playing Levitt Pavilion, says age has made new music edgier

Interviewing Marshall Crenshaw: 1980s pop hitmaker, playing Levitt Pavilion, says age has made new music edgier

Singer Marshall Crenshaw had his commercial peak in the 1980s with upbeat, pop songs such as “Someday Someway,” “Whenever You’re on My Mind” and “Cynical Girl.” These days, Crenshaw’s songs still brim with his pop sensibilities, but their subject matter has been decidedly darker. He’s just concluded a series of six EPs, his first collection of new songs since 2009 and only his second in 15 years. But the maturity in Crenshaw’s writing didn’t start with the new EPs. His last full disc, 2009’s critically acclaimed “Jaggedland,” covered some of the same territory. But Crenshaw likely always will be...

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