Daniel Martin Moore and Ben Sollee, with Sam Squared. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416. 8 p.m. $12. Kentucky singer-writers Moore and Sollee are touring in support of their collaboration, Dear Companion. The record addresses the issue of the Mountaintop Removal method of coal mining in Appalachia - read my interview with Moore for more about MTR, the non-profit Appalachian Voices that will receive a portion of Dear Companion's profits, and how Moore first signed to Sub Pop Records.
Tobacco, with The Hood Internet, Dead Noise. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8000. 8 p.m. $10. Sheathed in a crackling vocoder, Tobacco is the musical persona of Black Moth Super Rainbow leader Tom Fec. As if that electro-psych troupe wasn't trippy enough, Tobacco adds the snap of underground rap to his solo work. 2008's Fucked Up Friends featured Aesop Rock as a guest, while his second release, May's Maniac Meat, has Beck rapping on two tracks. Otherwise, Maniac Meat represents an evolution of the subtlest kind, with Tobacco's fondness for mossy synths, bleary effects, and evocative song titles very much intact. There's even a pop pulse to the opening "Constellation Dirtbike Head," despite a creepy refrain of "Don't eat the berries around you." The songs are weird and brief, like flickers of communication from another galaxy. DOUG WALLEN