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Sactown Rundown – May 5-11

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Well, can we say summer has officially teed off?

Concert in the Park week one is on Friday – that’ll pretty much seal the deal. Tattooed Love Dogs kick off the fun this week, check out the rest of the full season schedule here.

When you’re done with that…

Portugal. The Man – This is a dizzying band – both in terms of the way streams of colorful instrumental hooks come kaleidescoping out of the amps like some sort of sonic Jackson Pollock, but also in terms of the sheer amount of music they keep cranking out. Most record companies will tell you that it’s tantamount to industry suicide by overload to release a new album every year – but what the hell do they know, anyway? 2007 was their coming out party with the Led Zeppelin-infused blues rock juggernaut “Church Mouth” (lead singer John Baldwin Gourley will tell you that the album name was born while the band watching a speech by George W. Bush, which led to him commenting “man, what a fucking church mouth”). The avalanche of albums hasn’t slowed down since 2008’s “Censored Colors,” a tapestry of a think-piece released right around the time everyone in America all of a sudden knew the name of the town that the band started in: Wasilla, Alaska (you betcha!). “The Satantic Satanist” in 09, “American Ghetto” in ’10, and “In the Mountain In a Cloud” coming up in July? Strap yourself in and let Gourley’s gut-wrangling falsetto and squealing guitar lead the way through their almost ridiculous expansive catalog. With Telekenisis and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Harlow’s, 2708 J St. $17.50. 21+. www.harlows.com.

Agent Ribbons – Welcome home, ladies. “Chateau Crone” is the kind of breakout release we would love to embrace as a truly local product, with it’s thrift store indie rock edge, back alley gypsy jazz wiles and Beatles-played-backwards pop playfulness. But this, their hang-your-hat debut full length, was recorded after the band left native Sactown to set up camp in the mecca of Austin, TX. Their homecomings are always a blast, though, this this show coming up mid-week, and then a Concert in the Park headling spot (proving they’ll always be “locals”) on deck on May 20. 8 p.m. Tuesday. Harlow’s, 2708 J St. $7. 21+. www.harlows.com.

Check out Agent Ribbons on Daytrotter.

Dredg – They arrive in Sacramento at the tail end of the first official week of the “Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy” show, as the Bay Area native band’s newest album just dropped on Tuesday. It’s hard to tell if they’re a band just saying “screw it, let’s get weird,” or if this was some sort of new calculated direction they’ve been keeping in the bag for quite some time, lurking behind shards of imaginative progressive agro-metal, crafted like some twisted rock and roll fables. Check out the video trailer for their new midnight funk tune “The Tent” and you’ll see some sort of cross section between “The Wall,” a Gorillaz video and every Tim Burton movie ever made (which is kinda like just one movie, isn’t it?). It’s sweet and disturbing all at the same time – sort of like most of the music Dredg has ever made. With the Dear Hunter, Balance and Composure, Trophy Fire and Breva. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St. $17. All ages. www.aceofspadessac.com.

Ash Reiter – Every now and then, the Rundown will dig past a headliner to highlight an opener. With no disrespect to the honey-voiced Pat Hull or Smoking Flowers or delightfully alluring husband-and-wife duo Smoking Flowers, Ash Reiter’s rising star is too bright to look over. Whether you give her an acoustic guitar and let her play a heart-tugging ballad, or hand her a hollow body Gibson and watch her spike out a thick ditty loaded with ‘tude, this Northern California songstress is buried treasure, and while digging up the treasure you’ll find shades of anyone from Jolie Holland to our own Two Sheds. Ash plays first, head to the patio early. 9 p.m. Friday. Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E. St., Davis. $5. 21+. www.sophiasthaikitchen.com.

Check out Ash Reiter’s Daytrotter sessions here and here.

Mark Your Calendars – KISS – Yep! May 29. Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Dr., West Sacramento. $40-$125. www.raleyfield.com.

If you are planning or promoting a concert in the Sacramento area, or just know of a show you’d like to see featured in the Rundown, shoot me an email.

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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