Rabid eccentric Robyn Hitchcock is obsessed—at least in his songwriting—with the standard litany of sex, food, death, tarantulas (those four combined for the title of a recent EP), eyeballs, frogs, eggs, and various sea creatures. He also boasts an enduring appreciation for the halcyon days of psychedelia, which, with a healthy dose of prime British pop rock, was at the core of his first band, the Soft Boys. Nigh on three decades after the Boys softened into the ether, Hitchcock, still lavishly surrealistic and a certified iconoclast, is busier than ever, spewing solo records at a steady pace and engaging in the odd side project, like his last, Venus 3, featuring R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and former Young Fresh Fellow Scott McCaughey. Hitchcock's current solo tour coincides with the release of a retrospective box set, I Wanna Go Backwards (Yep Roc), which includes three of his early solo albums (Black Snake Diamond Role, I Often Dream of Trains, Eye) plus two discs of rarities collectively dubbed While Thatcher Mauled Britain. Expect him to play stuff from throughout his career. Sean Nelson, a singer-songwriter who has been a member of Harvey Danger and the Long Winters, will open and occasionally sings with Hitchcock.
Sun., Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m., 2007