R. Stevie Moore

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I used to work with a guy who loved Ariel Pink. He’s not my thing, but I admire the lad’s creative, psychedelic hobo vision. Little did I know that Pink was just a grand mimic of lo-fi wizard R. Stevie Moore, only polished into a hippified California sheen.

The son of renowned Nashville A-Team bassist Bob Moore and the grandfather of DIY weirdness, Moore, in his earliest days, may have been a creative genius without even knowing—or trying. Take a look at his discography: Dude’s put out hundreds of songs, LPs and compilations—some with a proper label (not lots) but so many others on tapes and CD-Rs. In fact, he had a little tape club (RSM Cassette Club) for a while, until he turned it into a CD-R club (CDRSMCLUB). Though he tends to focus on lo-fi punky indie rock, defining his oeuvre is admittedly difficult; Moore plays just about every instrument and specializes in every genre. Clearly, he has zero fucks to give about money, mainstream success, radio hits or recognition. The man just makes music: He’s compelled to; and sometimes, it’s brilliant.

For a good while there, the 61-year-old Nashville native called New Jersey—Montclair, mostly—home; he was an on-air personality for WFMU and made appearances on a tripped-out TV show called Uncle Floyd. Moore makes videos with crap technology, but they still manage to be great. He’s a true original. And we love him for it. / BILL CHENEVERT

9pm. $12. With Jimmy Whispers + Gunk. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com

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WHEN
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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9pm $12

WHERE
1201 N. Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 01/22/2014. .

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