Granola-crunching hippies love him. World-music enthusiasts can’t get enough. And even the most naysaying rock geek is transfixed after seeing Xavier Rudd’s bizarre music machine. Calling the Australian native a “multi-instrumentalist” is quite an understatement; Rudd can play all of those instruments at once, limbs flailing in every direction; gongs and chimes sound, his didgeridoo bellows, harmonica whines and the man even finds time to sing. The perpetually barefoot musician—he claims to not even own a pair of shoes—is also in possession of a pretty impressive collection of world drums. He’s come up with an arrangement, basically a cacoon built from his instruments, to allow him to play all at once. You don’t have to be a hippie to appreciate the staggering dexterity and fluid musicianship on display at a Rudd show. Rudd, who bears a startling resemblance to Kurt Cobain, comes to Chicago in support of his newest album, “White Moth.” (K. Tighe)
Xavier Rudd plays January 22 at the Vic Theatre, 3145 North Sheffield, (773)472-0366, at 8pm. $19.