by Leilani Polk
Depending on your age and musical inclinations, there’s a rather good chance you don’t know much — if anything — about British cult hero Robyn Hitchcock. He came up around the same time as contemporaries like Gang of Four, Joy Division and Echo & the Bunnymen, and played in three different bands over his nearly 40-year career (The Soft Boys, the Egyptians, and V3 with R.E.M.’s Peter Buck), in addition to issuing 10 albums of solo material. His charming, eccentric, cerebral yet heartfelt pedigree is influenced in part by the late Syd Barrett, his sound a blend of folk, jangle pop and psychedelia marked by Beatle-esque melodies.
Hitchcock’s 2013 latest Love from London earned high marks in Rolling Stone; vet critic David Fricke lauded it as “an album Syd Barrett might have made if he’d stayed cogent and seen the end of days … 10 songs of chiming folk-rock grace and slippery black humor.” 8 p.m., Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg, $28.