Todd Rundgren

In 1973, Todd Rundgren was the producer behind the meat-and-potatoes hard-rock gem that is Grand Funk Railroad's We're an American Band LP. But he was also the auteur behind his own A Wizard, A True Star, one of the decade's most ambitious and bewildering psychedelic masterpieces. Rundgren scored both gigs after 1972's mega-hit "Hello, It's Me" turned him from cult act to superstar, and over the next 10 years he tweaked the expectations of a hit-maker by keeping one foot in the pop charts and the other in the outer reaches of prog strangeness. Careening from the elaborate space-rock of Utopia to the earworm power-pop of "Bang on the Drum All Day" made him that rare rock star who could move units whether his songs were three-minute singles or 30-minute suites. In the ensuing years, he's let his engineering and tech-geek instincts continue to push his music forward, from CD-R cut-up/recombination experiments like the interactive version of 1993's No World Order to the just-released, EDM-informed State. 18+.
Mon., May 20, 7 p.m., 2013

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