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Sactown Rundown – Aug. 12-18

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Consider this the weekend guide for anyone not heading out to San Francisco for Outside Lands.

For those of you who are descending on Golden Gate Park on Saturday and/or Sunday, these are the bands you simply cannot miss: Beats Antique, Langhorne Slim, Dawes, the Whigs, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and the Devil Makes Three.

Don’t think, just do it.

For everyone staying in town, it’s Second Saturday and the streets are sure to be packed. A couple of 2nd Sat music highlights include Radio Orangevale at the Bike Kitchen (7 p.m., 1915 I St.) and Ricky Berger at Sugar Plum Café (8 p.m., 2315 K St.). Both shows are $Free.99.

Here’s what else is on deck for the week. Cheers!

The Brodys at Concert in the Park – While due credit is owed to all the acts that graced the CIP stage throughout another killer season (of particular note were throw-downs by Mike Farrell and Golden Cadillacs), they’ve saved the best for last. As much a tradition on The Grid as Downtown James Brown, the Brodys’ annual hootenanny in Cesar Chavez Plaza is a staple of summertime fun. They’ve been clobbering amps for the better part of a decade with their playfully adolescent brand of diet punk and power pop, probably sacrificing their own well-being for the following three days of recovery after pouring blood and Budweiser-infused sweat on the stage with reckless abandon. It’s at times strange to hear high school-themed and frat party lyrics coming from a group of guys who are more at the “pretty nice little Saturday at Home Depot (and maybe Bed Bath & Beyond)” stage of their lives, but there’s no denying that it’s a party everyone wants to be a part of, tongue-in-cheek and beer-in-hand – and they’ll offer up an ‘80s medley that makes Tainted Love look like toddlers with Lincoln Logs. The Phantom Jets and This Luxury get into the act for the final Concert in the Park of the year (but don’t pour one out for summertime yet, there’s plenty more fun to be had). 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Cesar Chavez Plaza, 10th and J St. Free. All ages. www.downtownsac.org.

Warped Tour – Speaking of high school themed punk rock, it’s back; the event where there’s enough moshing to knock down the Great Wall of China and enough energy drinks are consumed to power Cleveland. If you’re planning to strap on the checkered Vans and get crazy with it, here’s three bands you don’t want to miss (and why is Everclear involved in this?):

    The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – The guy who looks like he should be selling hot dogs at the concession stands is one of the most unlikely figures you’ll find on this or any other Warped Tour; but it just might be the first punk rock washboard in history. Slinging spastic junkyard blues-tuned guitars, "The Rev" is joined by his wife Breezy on the wash and his brother Jamey on drums (and occasionally buckets) for a blood-rushing hoedown of frenetic rock and roll disguised as Tennessee front porch drinkin’ songs.

   Hey Monday – Considering they would fall alphabetically between Herbie Hancock and the Hold Steady on this reporter’s iPod, you’re not going to find them there, but something about this upstart band sets them apart from the waves of other pop-fused mall punk acts and gives them a genuine appeal. Lead singer Cassadee Pope has legitimate spunk and has the “it” quality of a dominant leading lady (we here at the Rundown would love to see her duel it out with Paramore’s Hayley Williams, for a variety of reasons).

    Chase Long Beach – A little weird, a little crazy, they’re from SoCal, and there’s a ton of folks in the band. Is there really much more of a formula for a can’t-miss ska outfit? Not so much.

12 p.m. Thursday. Sleep Train Amphitheater, 2677 Forty Mile Rd., Wheatland. $33. All ages. For full list of bands and schedule, visit www.vanswarpedtour.com.

Peppino D’Agostino – Being the purists that they prototypically are, classical guitar virtuosos such as D’Agostino very rarely sport a legitimate crossover ability, and that may well be due to a general unwillingness to dip their toes into the ponds of other genres. This Renaissance man of a performer dives in with his clothes on and splashes his finger-style wizardry with showers of blues, pop and mid-tempo rock, to satisfy both the yearnings for a stroll through a Sicilian countryside and everyone’s inner guitar shredder. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Harlow’s, 2708 J St. $15. 21+. www.harlows.com.

Fight From Above with the Generals – Some of the coolest shows are the ones where the bands don’t sound much alike, but this one is really a stretch. Sactown’s the Generals are like a peeled-back version of U2, getting at the root of their crafty rock hooks and wailing vocal croon with an inventive and wanderlust spirit. L.A.’s Fight From Above joins up with their bring-home-to-mom Golden State indie rock and cruising-the-pier electro-acoustic hooks, and Amberglance brings a little dose of dance-club vibe with an electronic pop digital circus. 9 p.m. Friday. Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St. $5. 21+. www.theoldironsides.com.

Mark Your Calendars: Dave Matthews Band – Tickets are still available for DMB’s return to the Sacramento area (for the first time in four years?!). Stay tuned to Sac Press the week of the show for the musings of an admitted Dave-head with 30+ shows under his belt – but I’m not going to be as nice to them as you might think. August 27. Sleep Train Amphitheater, 2677 Forty Mile Rd., Wheatland. $35-$70. www.livenation.com.


For a complete listing of Sacramento area music happenings, click here to check out Ann Freeman-Clement’s Concerts, Music Events and the Local Music Scene every Friday on Sac Press.

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