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It says in my rock-critic handbook that I should ask you about how being a father has influenced your own songwriting.
I have one song about a mean boyfriend, but it sounds like it's about being a dad. I just hate when people let parenthood take over their art. I really do. I don't want to hear them sing about it.
Does that mean you were traumatized by recording "Daddy What If?" with your father?
When I was a kid? God, no. The entire time I sang that, Shel Silverstein was tickling me. Roy Kasten 9 p.m., Thursday, May 25. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City. $10. 314-727-4444.THE DOWNLOAD
It's hard to mourn the now-disbanded Guided by Voices when its former frontman puts out a constant stream of new material. Robert Pollardwill release three new projects in May, including Psycho and the Birds, The Takeovers and Keene Brothers. You can score a song from each of the new LPs, along with a hefty amount of other free tracks, at his Web site. Or, if you're feeling sentimental, click over to gbv.com for an equally massive collection of rare and live MP3s. By the time you're done downloading, chances are Pollard will have recorded three more albums. Go to www.robertpollard.netfor the goods. Andy Vihstadt