The founders of Soul Coughing and the Modern Lovers, respectively, Doughty and Richman bring their deep songbooks to the stage of downtown Mill Valley music venue.

Mike Doughty at the City Winery NYC 11-24-2012. Photo by Cnik70 licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Jonathan Richman of The Modern Lovers performing in Barcelona in 2009. Photo by alterna2, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
One of them created a band that was a 90s indie favorite and managed to cram improvisational jazz grooves, oddball samples, hip-hop, and noisy experimentalism into a sound he described as “deep slacker jazz.”
The other managed to squeeze being a progenitor in the UK punk rock scene and playing a vital role in the film There’s Something About Mary into the same career. 
Other than their deep songbooks and resumes, the respectively aforementioned Mike Doughty and Jonathan Richman have long shared little in common – until now. They’ll both take the stage at the storied Sweetwater Music Hall in the next week – Doughty on Sunday night and Richman next Tuesday.
Richman founded the Velvet Underground-influenced Modern Lovers, a band that in turn influenced the later punk, new wave and indie rock scenes in the 1970s and 80s. The original Modern Lovers included Talking Heads multi-instrumentalist (and longtime Mill Valley resident) Jerry Harrison. 
Doughty’s Soul Coughing was best known for its unique, oddly funky sound and his own often off-the-wall lyrics.
Get a taste of each below, and head to the Sweetwater site for more info and tickets.
And here’s a great Modern Lovers track: