Disturbingly prolific songwriter R. Stevie Moore performs tonight at The Circle Bar. Since the early 1970s, Moore has cranked out countless cult albums, most topping more than 20 tracks, with lo-fi, Sunflower-y Beach Boys and pre-New Wave pop, power pop and other offbeat micro-tunes shoved into two- and three-minute instant earworm bursts.
Despite his dense catalog (most of which you can stream here) and four-decade career, the hermit-like Moore didn't tour until last year, though he gained some recent buzz with a collaborative double-album with student-successor and mutual weirdo Ariel Pink. Watch the trailer for an upcoming documentary, Phonography: The R. Stevie Moore Story, below.
Moore performs at 10 p.m. tonight at The Circle Bar (1032 St. Charles Ave.). Admission $7.
Also tonight: The Wu-Tang Clan's genius and elder statesman GZA, who performs his landmark 1995 album Liquid Swords at Tipitina's.
GZA, aka Gary Grice, released the seminal sophomore album after his group's 1993 debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). RZA's razor-sharp, minimal and haunting production and sampling selection, paired with GZA's verbal attack and cerebral lyricism, sealed Swords as one of hip-hop's all-time greatest entries.
He performs with Atlanta MC Killer Mike and indie rockers Bear Hands at Tipitina's (501 Napoleon Ave.) at 10 p.m. Tickets $25.