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Across a close to 30-year career, Robyn Hitchcock has proven to be equally adept at rocking out and going strangely quiet, equally comfortable in a leading role or a cameo appearance. He's led the brilliant Soft Boys and the Egyptians, released over a dozen solo records (including an all-Dylan-covers double album), and starred in Jonathan Demme's Storefront Hitchcock. Lately, he's shown up on releases from Yep Roc mates the Minus 5 and the Sadies and returned to the big screen with a small part in Demme's remake of The Manchurian Candidate. And just out is his new solo album Spooked, a collaboration with old-soul roots artists Gillian Welch and David Rawlings and an effort that can stand with I Often Dream of Trains and Eye in the Hitchcock canon. The standard line on Robyn Hitchcock's music, and it's pretty accurate as far as standard lines go, depicts it as a combination of Syd Barrett, John Lennon and Roger McGuinn. (Call it the madcap chimes.) But an evening with Hitchcock (Monday, Nov. 1 at Cat's Cradle) is always far from standard issue. --Rick Cornell

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