Spoken Nerd w/The Gnar Wave Rangers, Private Lives & Seth Moore
When: Fri., April 24, 9:30 p.m.
If there is one thing I’ve learned in my tenure at this fine paper, it is this: Spoken Nerd is a nexus of weird. He is a magnet for off-kilter, off-color, odd-vant-garde artists and musicians, and I couldn’t possibly love him any more for it. Take, for instance, Chicago’s Gnar Wave Rangers, whose bizarre non sequitur party anthem “Gucci Water Balloons” has been lodged in my wigdome for days on end. It is such a weird song, and it would not have drifted into my cloistered little life it weren’t for the big homie Spoken Nerd. Maybe it’s because his music itself inhabits such a strange place — somewhere between twee indie, art folk and backpack rap — that Nerd is able to cultivate such an out-there but adorable vibe. Nerd is joined by outsider folkie Seth Moore and the mysterious garage outfit Private Lives. SEAN L. MALONEY