Known to most of the world as “that hairy dude who dated Natalie Portman for a couple of months,” psych-folk artist Devendra Banhart has also built up a solid career outside of dating young starlets, and has become an ace at blending a plethora of genres with his oddball fingerpicking fun. Banhart’s latest record (and major-label debut), “What Will We Be,” is more of the same: 1960s pop, piano-lounge jazz, 1970s glam and happy-go-lucky reggae all make appearances, interspersed within his studio-charged folk. Unhinged focus has never been Banhart’s strong suit, but on “What Will We Be,” the total lack of a coherent theme from track to track keeps Banhart sporadically interesting in between moments of tranquil but mostly soporific folk, where he seems to have some weird, futile drive to create the sequel to The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” track “Sun King.” Those sleep-inducing moments aside, Banhart’s a quirky, playful persona with a basketful of ideas, certainly worthy of a spin or two. (Andy Seifert)
November 16 at Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield, (773)472-0449. 7:30pm. $27.50.