For the 11th installment of Little Big Show, a concert series that supports local art organizations (this time, Rain City Rock Camp for Girls), KEXP, Starbucks, and the Seattle Theatre Group have booked Alabama soul septet St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Paul Janeway, clad in a suit and bowtie, is an inconspicuous front man, but his church-choir experience is immediately apparent, especially when he’s singing lyrics like “The streets are paved with pain” from “Half the City,” the title track from the band’s debut full-length. Janeway and the very talented Broken Bones understand the highs and lows of soul, and can take listeners from jubilant to yearning at the drop of a hat. With Shaprece, Sean Rowe. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 682-1414, stgpresents.org/neptune. 8 p.m. SOLD OUT. All ages.
It’s Riff Raff’s world, we’re just living in it. Since debuting his carefully crafted persona—which includes cornrows, elaborately shaped facial hair, a grill, and numerous tattoos—on MTV’s From G’s to Gents, the rapper, born Horst Simco and also known as Jody Highroller, has cranked out pseudo-philosophical lyrics full of oddball references (he mentions Frankie Lymon, David Hasselhoff, and Allen Iverson in the same verse on “Lava Glaciers” on his debut full-length, Neon Icon) that make him seem both laughable and as if he knows something listeners don’t. It’s hard to tell what’s driving Riff Raff, the music or the fame, but it’s clear he’s not ready to leave the spotlight anytime soon. With Jarv Dee. The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxpresents.com. 8 p.m. $25 adv./$30 DOS. All ages.