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Hitchcock tour stops in town; Critic's choice: Music

THE BALTIMORE SUN

As a songwriter, Robyn Hitchcock definitely has a way with words -- an unusual one at that. The author of such minor masterpieces as "The Man with the Lightbulb Head," "Eaten By Her Own Dinner," "Tropical Fish Mandala" and "The Cheese Alarm," Hitchcock is blessed with a quintessentially English sense of whimsy. He also has a classically English approach to music, having released more than a dozen album's worth of jangly, tuneful rock, both with his now-disbanded backing band, the Egyptians, and on his own.

Wednesday, Hitchcock, on tour behind his latest album, the sly, wistful "Jewels for Sophia," plays Fletcher's in Fells Point. Unlike on some of his recent tours, Hitchcock has a full band with him -- including former Egyptian Kimberly Rew -- and reports say the band's sound is sharp and energetic, guaranteed to delight old fans and new.

Fletcher's is at 701 S. Bond St. Admission is $15; doors open at 9 p.m. Call 410-481-7328 for tickets, 410-558-1889 for information.

Pub Date: 10/24/99

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