Across Arthurs iconoclastic 14-year career, hes delivered an eclectic mix of acoustic songwriter fare, arty pop and bar band rock, dipped lightly in psychedelica and coated in ache-ridden metaphor. Hes always charted his own path, frequently playing all the instruments on his albums while exploring rich ever-inventive arrangements and honing his hook-making skills. By his last solo release, 2006s Nuclear Daydreams, hed started his own label and stripped some of the floridness from the arrangements. Over the next two years, he assembled a band, and grew quite prolific (he credited getting sober), producing two generally rock-veined albums, and a quartet of EPs. Hes since returned to the acoustic mien and is preparing his sixth solo album. During his latest tour, Arthur (whos also a visual artist) has been creating a painting while performing one of the songs in his set, auctioning it off at the end with proceeds going to the Clinton/Bush Haiti Fund.
Tue., Feb. 9, 9 p.m., 2010