BY ANY OTHER NAME—Dev Hynes (AKA Lightspeed Champion) is the logical heir to Elvis Costello. His brand of songwriting crosses genres, but is suffused with a '50s doo-wop flair and brutally honest lyrics. Onstage, he is funny, scattered, and maybe not altogether sane. Call it indie-folk or folk-pop or whatever; his music is above all, beautiful. PAC w/Flowers Forever, the Explorers Club; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $11-12
But despite my puppet bigotry, Lightspeed Champion loads his video for "Galaxy Of The Lost" with various colorful muppet-looking things that cause mischief and most likely consume the tiny kitten which appeared in the beginning of the clip.
No one is safe from the menace of puppetry.