Robyn Hitchcock has forged a long career writing intriguing melodic ditties about frogs, squid, eyeballs, trains, eggs, insects, death, sex, and, of course, uncorrected personality traits. Once a member of the influential, jangly psychedelic Soft Boys, Hitchcock has attracted a cult following by mingling absurdities with profundities on ringing pop-rock rooted in the British Invasion and a voice reminiscent of John Lennon's. Hitchcock followed up his ecstatically received 2010 album Propellor Time (which included guests Peter Buck, Johnny Marr, Nick Lowe, and John Paul Jones) with Tromsø, Kaptein, a new collection of tunes issued only on a Norwegian label. Responding via email to a complaint about Tromsø's scarcity, Hitchcock said, "I only play a couple of songs off TK, you could find clips on YouTube, along with all other knowledge since the Romans burned the library at Alexandria. Bloody Romans! My show now stretches from 1980 up to my forthcoming record, Love from London, and for the encores I play a few old songs from my record collection. As it's MPLS I'll eschew Dylan, of course!"
Fri., Oct. 12, 8 p.m., 2012