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Some 45 years after their first appearance on a San Francisco stage, The Residents remain a band that practically defines the term “cult,” and their freak-show, cartoon-surrealist approach continues to attract a healthy fan base (as evidenced by some sold-out shows at Tokyo’s Blue Note back in March).

It was only a matter of time before someone gave The Residents their own rock doc, but director Don Hardy Jr.’s “Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents” faced an unusual problem: How do you dig into the history of a “band” that has remained defiantly anonymous throughout its career?

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