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Sactown Rundown – Dec. 2-8

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Before we get into it this week, Sacramentans, allow me to entice you with a couple of treats for your ears.

First off, G. Love has offered up a free download of the title track from his forthcoming album, “Fixin’ to Die,” and it’s a beaut! Set for a February 22 release, the album was produced by Seth and Scott Avett, a.k.a. the Avett Brothers. Has there been a better combination since someone stuffed peanut butter into a chocolate bar? Hardly!

Hey, speaking of drinking, check out today’s Daytrotter session from Canada’s the Sheepdogs; specifically, “I Don’t Know.” It will turn your cubicle into a saloon.

If that doesn’t get your motor running for some live music, I’ll be happy to pay you five bucks and a lollipop for you soul – but that could be overpriced. Cheers!

Truth & Salvage Co. – To those who doubt the power of Facebook for anything more than the casual digital stalking of that girl you met at the bar but didn’t give you her number, two of your Sac Press writers, by virtue of a cheeky back-and-forth on travel logistics and soup, may have suckered Truth & Salvage Co. into adding a Saturday evening gig at Harlow’s, sandwiched between their Oakland and Reno dates (see the screen grab above). That’s probably egotistically delusional, but I like to think we had a hand in it (Aaron Davis likes this). This will be the third run-through of the year in Sactown for this lively outfit from North Carolina, but it will be their well-deserved first as a headliner, after greasing the wheels for the Avett Brothers back in April and Tea Leaf Green in September. Bands like these aren’t built to be kept outside of the velvet ropes and get stuck in the headliner role for long though; there’s way too much going on here. The Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson worked the boards for their debut, self-titled album (released in May), and this sextet of soul-charged Americana poster boys have been working the road virtually ever since. With a core of four songwriters (yep, four), they have the formula of a band that could sonically beat the crap out of each other until there’s nothing left but an empty bottle of Evan Williams, some bootlegs on archive.org and a “thanks for the memories,” but the sheer creative bliss appears to be in a collective groove that very few bands of this particular structure can pull off. Hold on to your emotional knickers while watching this video for “Pure Mountain Angel,” and let them take you on a tour through the roots of American music; and if you prefer, they might not bring you back. Local favorite songstress Kate Gaffney opens this early evening show. 7 p.m. Saturday. Harlow’s, 2708 J St. $10. 21+. www.harlows.com.

Check out Truth & Salvage Co. on Daytrotter.

Monophonics – Usually the best way to judge a band is by what they do to your hips when you’re on the floor watching them play, but you can also start by checking out the company they keep. San Francisco’s Monophonics dished up a new record, “Into the Infrasounds” back in September, and it features some guest slots from Karl Denson (of the Greyboy Allstars) and Mic Gillette (of Tower of Power). Someone reach into the funk bin, grab the rubber stamp that says “Arrived,” and punch them in the face with it, please. This down-home, horn scorching six-piece does it the throwback way, with heavy nods to their cross Bay inspiration from Tower of Power, as well as the nastier side of James Brown – the side that will rip your face off with funk if you turn your back. We’re just throwing it out there, but with Truth & Salvage starting at 7 p.m. at Harlow’s, and these guys just barely getting going a couple hours later and only 12 blocks away, both can be done. It just depends on if your cahones and your liver are made of the same material (read: steel). 9 p.m. Saturday. Torch Club, 904 15th St (at I St.). $8. 21+. www.torchclub.net.

The New Up – Hmm, perhaps this would best be played in the gutter outside of the stadium? It’s too dingy for the bright lights that normally shine on bands like the Killers, but at the same time, too shiny to be confined to a stick-to-the-floor rock club that smells of cheap beer and shame. The Bay Area outfit’s new album “Gold” is a dogpile of tracks from their three previous EPs, mastered by veteran Roger Lian (The White Stripes, Madonna, The Killers, Smashing Pumpkins, and The Strokes). The group’s femme fatale front woman ES Pitcher is a certified bad ass (the kind that would buy you a drink at the bar and then throw it on you if you cross her), with her four bandmates kickin' in appropriately primal, for-the-crotch rock and roll attitude. They’ve got the makings of a big time breakout, so keep yout eyes peeled. With the Bright Faces. 9 p.m. Thursday. Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St. $5. 21+. www.theoldironsides.com.

The Yule LogsHey, we all love alternatives to the standard Bing Crosby Christmas tunes, but this is just the most ridiculous thing you will ever see – and God bless them for doing it. Just in case you needed to know what would happen if Flight of the Conchords brought their gear to your thrift store basement Christmas party while licking candy canes covered in ecstasy, Chico’s Yule Logs are happy to show you. Reason states that they only play during the holidays (hey, you never know), but December or June, there’s no way to not get a kick out of this yuletide outfit that looks like Weezer dashing through the snow, punching themselves in the manparts, and laughing all the way (hah-hah-hah!). With Uni and her Ukelele. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Luigi’s Fun Garden, 1050 K St. (MARRS Buidling) Call for cover. www.myspace.com/luigislice.

Mark Your Calendars – An Evening with Jackie Greene – Don’t screw around and miss your chance to catch Jackie Greene playing acoustic on the “same stage” (they've moved a couple blocks) where he first said “hello, world – I’m going to take you over now.” Dec. 10. Marilyn’s on K, 908 K St. $20. www.marilynsonk.com.

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

Yule Logs photo by Jeff Shaner; Truth & Salvage Co. photo by Lindol French

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