Fall Arts Best Bet: Leonard Cohen

His early sound was rooted in folk, eventually encompassed pop, cabaret and world music, and more recently incorporated electro embellishments and a sort of Western troubadour feel. Over 2,000 renditions of Cohen’s songs have been recorded for a reason, people. Don’t miss this show. Mon., Oct. 19, St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa.

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In his speech for Leonard Cohen’s induction into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, Lou Reed said Cohen belongs among the “highest and most influential echelon of songwriters.”

No question, Cohen is one damn talented man; though he’s been doing his thing since the mid-1960s, he found new popularity in the last 15 years beginning when three of his songs from The Future — “Waiting for the Miracle,” “The Future” and “Anthem” — appeared on the soundtrack for Oliver Stone’s 1994 film, Natural Born Killers. A whole new cult audience fell in love with his husky, mournful baritone and evocative lyrics.

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