"We have band crush!" raves Murphy, who's expecting to battle Win and Will Butler over a steaming croquet set. "Win is very competitive there's no i in team, but there is one in 'Win'!"
Not to mention a declarative "Win." But what does the a in "James" stand for? "Aaayiii!"
Sun/23Mon/24 and Sept. 2627, 8 p.m., $65
1805 Geary, SF
With the Arcade Fire
Fri/21, 6 p.m., $26$46
1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View
For more of the interview with James Murphy, go to the Noise blog at www.sfbg.com/blogs/music.
PARTY WITH ME, PETA
The mind-morphing NYC psych songstress partners with Tom Carter and Christian Kiefer in Oakland and Giant Skyflower Band, Glenn Donaldson's "bummer psych" outing, in San Francisco. Wed/19, 9 p.m., sliding scale. 21 Grand, 416 25th St., Oakl. www.21grand.org. Thurs/20, 9:30 p.m., $7. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk, SF. www.hemlocktavern.com
After editing the film Favela on Blast, Wesley Pentz touches down in Jessie Alley with collaborator Switch. Sat/22, 10 p.m., $20 advance. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie, SF. www.mezzaninesf.com
The fusion guitar maestro offers a taste of the SFJAZZ fall season. Sat/22, 8 p.m., $25$80. Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California, SF. www.sfjazz.org
OAKLEY HALL AND MIST AND MAST
The Dead live! Brooklyn's bucolic sing-alongers strum along with Oakland's indie chantey rockers Mist and Mast. Sat/22, 10 p.m., $10$12. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., SF. www.bottomofthehill.com
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