Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus Three, Peter Buck

When: Mon., June 3, 9 p.m. 2013


Bedroom albums are all the rage among Brooklyn teenagers with synths and tape recorders, but the genre takes on an entirely different meaning when a 59-year-old Londoner undertakes it. That was Robyn Hitchcock's self-imposed constraint for his latest album, Love from London, released on March 5, just before his 60th birthday. Hitchcock spends a lot of time in the Northwest these days with the Venus Three (Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, and Bill Rieflin), but the album sounds entirely British—lilting psych-pop and charming melodies suffused with warmth. It's altogether more robust than 2010's austere Propellor Time. The Venus Three are also the band on Peter Buck's solo debut (released only on limited-edition vinyl). Sharing the same core band and released in November, it provides a dark and dirty contrast to Love from London—if you can get your hands on it. REBECCA WILSON

Price: $22-23

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