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Sactown Rundown – Dec. 9-15

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Truth & Salvage Co. plus Monophonics at two different venues in one night equals the most unproductive Sunday in history. There’s your Sactown Rundown math lesson for the week.

It was a heck of a Saturday evening, with Truth & Salvage Co. throwing down an Americana rock wallop of a set last weekend at Harlow’s. It seems like these six guys from North Carolina have officially earmarked Sacramento as a “must stop” when they head out West on tour, so if you haven’t caught them yet, we’ll be sure to let you know next time they come through.

And yes, they did indeed dedicate a song to Sac Press’ Lindol French. Wow.

Soulive – There’s no denying that an album full of instrumental jazz Beatles covers is about as original as the plot of Avatar; and there’s always the danger that, no matter what you try to do with it, it’s going to come off like the soundtrack to your daily elevator ride. Enter Soulive, who have carried the torch of instrumental acid jazz into the '00s virtually unaided (they did have some help from Medeski, Martin & Wood) and have proven themselves capable of plucking some hip shakes out of even the stingiest of naysayers who usually write off similar acts as niche bands for music geeks and blue hairs. The funk-fried trio is cruising through town in support of the aptly-titled “Rubber Soulive,” which find these three mad geniuses trying their hand at some of the heavier, jam-friendly Fab Four tunes (“While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”), but also finding their softer side (“Something,” “In My Life”). Expect to hear some of these vein-tingling covers, and plenty of their frenetically crafted originals – the kind that have lured out guest vocalists ranging from Dave Matthews to Talib Kweli. All is right in the universe again since they’ve gone back to their original format as the trio of brothers Alan and Neal Evans, and guitar freak Eric Krasno, after ditching their ill-fated attempt at adding a full-time vocalist in 2007 (if I wanted to hear someone chirping into a microphone just to hear the sound of their own voice, I’d just watch FOX News). 9 p.m. Tuesday. Harlow’s, 2708 J St. $20. 21+. www.harlows.com.

Tony Bataska (Full Band Show) – It’s go time! Singer/songwriter Tony Bataska is no stranger to the Sacramento scene, playing regular solo gigs at the Fox & Goose and at the Boxing Donkey in Roseville – but he’s got a lot more up his sleeve than a lone acoustic guitar and some sonic elbow grease. His new album “This Time Around” was designed to be played with a full band, and that’s just what he’s got going on when bassist Dusty Miller and drummer Bart van der Zeeuw (formerly of K’s Choice) join Bataska on stage at one of his favorite haunts out in the Dirty 5-30 (a.k.a. Davis). Full band shows have been a long time coming for Bataska – this should be fun. 10 p.m. Thursday. G St Pub, 228 G St., Davis. No cover. www.myspace.com/gstpub.

Voodoo Glow Skulls – Just one more band that adds to this universal and indelible truth about music: Ska will never die. It will go through its ups and downs (from Buck-O-Nine to Less Than Jake to Slightly Stoopid), but it will absolutely never go away – and who would want it to. The cats from this Inland Empire outfit form the kind of band that already have all the fans they’re ever going to have, but it's a fanbase that will never fade out and will never refuse them a club like the Blue Lamp in a city like Sacramento to dust off the brass and have a party. A guy who knows a little something about the staying power of ska (Jason Boggs, formerly of Filibuster) leads his rowdy sax-charged rock act the Snobs along with BFFs Sex Rat to open up this Sunday night hootenanny. 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show Sunday. Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra Blvd. $10 adv./$12 door. www.myspace.com/bluelamp; www.brownpapertickets.com.

Velvet Underground Tribute Show – Take a walk on the wild side, indeed! Jerry Perry is the master of putting together a stellar tribute night, but this one is going to be arguably his toughest challenge yet, in finding bands that can pull of the Velvet Underground/Lou Reed catalog and not look like they’re trying to build a model airplane with a broken finger and no thumbs. Many names on the list signed up to get after it are Perry tribute show veterans, so it appears they know what they’re getting into and have the chops to pull it off. Slated to get weird with it are San Kazagaskar, Universal Steve, Freebadge Serenaders, Exquisite Corps, Smooot Valley High, Saucer, David Houston & Strings, Ol' Cotton Dreary with Captian God, Scotty George, Sacred Appalacian Hands, Jem & Scout, and more. 8 p.m. Friday. Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St. Cover TBA. www.theoldironsides.com.

Mark Your Calendars: Pinback – There’s been rumors swirling of a follow-up to this San Diego outfit’s “Autumn of the Seraphs” from 2007, but nothing has materialized yet. But if they never release another album, this lush and often quirky electro indie act still has a firmly secured reputation within the genre as a power hitter. Dec. 30. Harlow’s, 2708 J St. $15. www.harlows.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.

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