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He’s technically going by Black Francis again these days, but you’ve also known him as Frank Black or even Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV. By any name, he’ll always-and-forever be the absolute hottest chubby, bald man you’ve ever seen. He rocked your face off a few weeks back at the Orpheum with a little band called The Pixies, displaying the vital, vigorous, passionate delivery that’s made him a legend and inspiration to many. Now he wants to take you to the opera. Nov. 16, on his web store and, Francis will release The Golem Rock Album — an hour-long rock opera culled from a score he did for the 1920 German silent film The Golem: How He Came Into The World. A DVD with the complete score accompanies the new release. The film, directed by Paul Wegener and shot by cinematographer Karl Freund (Metropolis), although considered groundbreaking, sat silent until 2008 when the San Francisco International Film Festival asked Francis to score the film and perform it there. In other Black Francis rock opera news, Houston’s Catastrophic Theatre will open Bluefinger: The Fall and Rise of Herman Brood Nov. 12, co-produced by University of Houston’s School of Theatre & Dance, “featuring songs and concepts by Black Francis and Herman Brood.” The rock opera was inspired by Francis’ first concept album, 2007’s Bluefinger, which details the life and death of Herman Brood, a Dutch artist/rocker/junkie who in 2001 at age 54, jumped from the Amsterdam Hilton roof to his death. Incidentally, Bluefinger marked the return to the moniker Black Francis. Ah, we’ve come full circle!   Deer Tick will arrive in Lincoln Oct. 28, for a show at Bourbon Theatre, but the band won’t come in “The Flagship” — the tour bus used on its 2009 tour. The 2001 GMC Savana school bus nicknamed for ’09’s Born On Flag Day was auctioned on eBay for $2,000, a “generous portion” of which will go to benefit Pakistan’s flood victims via Oxfam America. Arena Sports Bar and Grill, which hosts live music each Friday and Saturday night, is removing the cover charge for its shows. The venue will host Hi-Fi Hangover Oct. 8-9 and Lemon Fresh Day Oct. 15-16. Arena is four blocks north of Maple St. on N. 90th St. Backbeat takes you behind the scenes of the local music scene. Send tips, comments and questions to

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