R. STEVIE MOORE, TROPICAL OOZE, HEATWARMER, SPURM
Obviously, the notoriously prolific and doggedly artistic R. Stevie Moore is a must-see, especially given that his Seattle show is the penultimate date of the almost-sexagenarian's first-ever world tour. Brooklyn band Tropical Ooze—whose name evokes either an overpriced Rainforest Cafe cocktail or a chillwave porn—will back Moore. Vivacious local openers Spurm's players include Nathan Rodriguez (also of So Pitted), a wild-haired, dexterous dervish of a guitarist, and frontman Jordan Adams, who seems to possess the combined libidinal energy of Mick Jagger, Knuckles the Echidna, and Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Vera Project, 7:30 pm, $9 adv/$11 DOS.
Oh yeah, then there's, like, an entire music festival going down this weekend. It's good to see Underage favorites like Shabazz Palaces, Craft Spells, and Beat Connection on the Saturday roster, to say nothing of Broken Social Scene, Toro Y Moi, Tycho, the Sight Below, and VHS-era eulogizer/synth wizard Com Truise on Sunday. Monday has got some choice acts as well, like Dom, Truckasauras, Mash Hall, and motherfucking Hall & Oates. While you can read more about the fest in the pullout in this week's issue, let me add that if you've ever listened to Scott Aukerman's Comedy Bang Bang podcast, then you know any of his live tapings are not to be missed. Guest comic Paul F. Tompkins will likely indulge in one of his amazing celebrity impressions (fingers crossed for Ice-T or his take on Buddy "Cake Boss" Valastro as a lycanthropic medium). Seattle Center, 11 am–8 pm, $35 per day.