Gruff Rhys

Charismatic Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys has made a career out of keeping people guessing. Just when critics and fans alike think that they have him and his idiosyncratic sounds figured out, Rhys changes directions and challenges himself and his listeners anew. Whether it's releasing a solo album sung entirely in Welsh or directing a documentary of his search for his relatives in Patagonia, Rhys has faithfully followed his various muses wherever they take him. He just released his third solo record, Hotel Shampoo, another batch of whimsical pop that is at once enjoyable but, like most of Rhys's work, gets darker the deeper you dig. His solo show at the Triple Rock (with the Welsh band Y Niwl serving as his opener as well as his backing band) should both entertain and bemuse his longtime fans, as he's been doing his entire career. 18+. (Photo by Mark James)
Wed., June 8, 8 p.m., 2011

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