Monday, May 20
Black Moth Super Rainbow The latest from the deliberately mysterious Pittsburgh psych-pop collective is last October’s beguiling <em>Cobra Juicy</em>. With The Hood Internet, Oscillator Bug. Neumos. 8 p.m. $15.
Tuesday, May 21
Fabolous Since his apex in the early-to-mid aughts, highlighted by standout single “Breathe,” NYC rapper Fabolous has fallen off his game, releasing a sequence of bloated albums on which the guest MCs often outshone him. It remains to be seen if the release of June’s <em>Loso’s Way 2: Rise to Power</em> will mark a return to form. With Pusha T. Showbox at the Market. 7 p.m. $29.50 adv./$35 DOS. All ages.
Wednesday, May 22
Flying Lotus Steven Ellison works at the intersection of hip-hop, electronica, and jazz, and his futuristic beats demonstrate both scientific precision and organic expressiveness. With Thundercat, Teebs. Showbox SoDo. $26.50 adv./$28 DOS. All ages.
Thursday, May 23
Truckasauras The boundary-pushing local electronic collective headlines the first installment of Tough Cuts, a monthly show at the Sunset curated by Seattle Weekly’s own Todd Hamm. With Stres, DJAO, Miniature Airlines. Sunset Tavern. 8 p.m. $8.
Friday, May 24
Rain Fest Memorial Day weekend means music festival season has begun in the Northwest, and this three-day celebration of “aggressive music,” appropriately housed in the dark confines of Neumos instead of outdoors, is a lesser-known part of that tradition. Headliners this year include Bouncing Souls and Comeback Kid. Various artists. 6 p.m. $30 single day/$75 three-day pass. All ages. Through Sunday, May 26.
Saturday, May 25
Avi Buffalo Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg’s scrappy guitar-pop project has been on tour with Akron/Family and is currently at work on a follow-up to its much-hyped 2010 self-titled debut. Barboza. 7 p.m. $10 adv.
Sunday, May 26
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars Many musicians work to support humanitarian causes, but few have been directly subjected to the oppression they hope to stamp out. That isn’t the case with this reggae/Afrobeat group, who were literal refugees (from Sierra Leone to Guinea) and are now champions of improving their home country. With Snug Harbor. Tractor Tavern. 9 p.m. $17 adv./$20 DOS.