New Jersey’s Railroad Earth describes itself as “an amplified string band with drums,” but that doesn’t do justice to how seamlessly it blends styles, meshing bluegrass with Celtic, classical, country, and a whole lot more. With The Deadly Gentlemen. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 682-1414, stgpresents.org/neptune. 8 p.m. $26 adv./$28 DOS. DL
Fisherman’s Village Music Fest Announcement Party, Neumos. Read our preview of the event here .
RA Scion & Vox Mod RA Scion’s The Sickle & the Sword was one of our favorite releases last year, which made it even more of a bummer when word got out that Rodney Hazard, the man behind the album’s production, was suing the local rapper on an alleged breach of contract. Not to be deterred, RA flipped Hazard the bird and remixed the album with a new collaborator—Seattle’s acid-loving electro-wizard Vox Mod. The result, Sharper Tool; Bigger Weapon, sets RA’s metaphysical musings to Vox Mod’s astral sci-fi soundscapes, making for some of the most high-minded hip-hop you’ll hear out of Seattle this year. Some chakras will likely get realigned at tonight’s release show. With Gran Rapids, Imprints, Marcus Medeiros. Neumos. 8 p.m. $10. All Ages. KELTON SEARS