Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3, Dag Juhlin | Logan Square Auditorium | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3, Dag Juhlin Recommended All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: 2009

Robyn Hitchcock has been following a thread of trippy pop that connects him to the likes of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Syd Barrett since he first recorded with the Soft Boys more than 30 years ago. In that time he’s made some great records, a couple duds, and plenty more that fall somewhere in between. Most of his output since the Soft Boys’ 2002 reunion album, Nextdoorland (Matador), has sounded like he’s coasting, but with the new Goodbye Oslo (Yep Roc), his second record with the Venus 3 (bassist Scott McCaughey, guitarist Peter Buck, and drummer Bill Rieflin), he’s hit a late-career peak that reminds me why I liked the guy in the first place. He plays the flights of fanciful imagery in his lyrics for more than laughs, making some sharp points about being in love and moving on, and when he gets mysterious (like he does on the title tune) it’s moving, not just befuddling. Best of all, the songs—borne along by gorgeous guitar interplay between Hitchcock and Buck, punctuated by Terry Edwards’s horns, and enshrouded by lovely vocal harmonies—are absolutely unforgettable. Dag Juhlin opens. —Bill Meyer

Price: $20

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