This Groundhog Day get out from Phil’s shadow - see Bobby Long at Cafe Du Nord 

OK, the way we see it, you have two San Francisco choices today.

You can sit around at home, moping over the inherent gravity of Groundhog Day. Did Phil see his shadow? And what, exactly, does that mean for this already disastrous winter?

Or you can head on down to Cafe Du Nord and catch one of the coolest new artists of the year, Britain’s Bobby Long, as he mounts a sweeping two-month assault on these shores, backing his folksy, just-issued ATO outing “A Winter Tale.”

Catch him now at this intimate venue — the guy is going to be huge.

Sure, Long is pals with “Twilight” star Rob Pattinson, and he’s even had one of his tracks covered by the It-boy actor. But he’s no shallow scenester. The Wessex-bred lad just has one of those grainy, weathered voices that radiates lived-to-tell experience, which he first committed to tape via his bedroom-tracked 2009 debut “Dirty Pond Songs,” which he sold out of his trunk on an ensuing 160-date introductory world tour. Now he’s making it official with the sophomore “Winter,” which was produced by the Grammy-winning Liam Watson at his historic all-analog London studio.

So who will you believe this Feb. 2? The groundhog or our great blog? It should be a no-brainer.

However, if you do miss the show, you can catch Long on Thursday on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

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