Sacramento venues feature pop and indie rock in the week ahead.

New DVD releases this week include ‘Bad Words,’

Jazz artist kicks off the first leg of a new world tour at the Mondavi Center.

All 15 concerts and two nights of auditions are free with fair admission.

Rock. Jam. Roots. Punk. Funk. Reggae. Country.

The 40th-anniversary tour with Def Leppard on the bill kicked off the holiday weekend with a double whammy of arena rock.

On a recent Friday evening, an enthusiastic country-music fan, cheered on by her older sister, jumped on stage at Cesar Chavez Plaza to snap a selfie with the guitar player for the Chris Gardner Band.

Enjoy the holiday weekend, and then turn back to live weekday music.

One of the most acclaimed bands to break out of Sacramento announced its own apparent break up Wednesday afternoon.

A rapper from the 1990s hip-hop group 3rd Bass has pleaded guilty in Albany County Court to failing to pay state income taxes.

Banda music is the soundtrack of modern Mexico, with its thumping polka beat and trumpets blasting everywhere from rural fairs to working-class Mexico City weddings. And it's increasingly made in the U.S.A.

The music line-up for this fall’s TBD Fest is no longer to be determined.

Sacramento vocal trio Trinitii - Cassie Nutter, Lauren Ona and Jessica Teddington - didn’t make the cut in Sunday’s sing-off on ABC-TV’s “Rising Star.”

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are taking The Who on the road for a series of shows in the U.K. celebrating the band's 50th anniversary.

KISS is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its self-titled debut with a tour that includes Def Leppard, another band known for its multimillion-selling albums and epic choruses, as the opening act. The show brings its mix of stage blood and sing-alongs to “Rock and Roll All Nite” to the Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Thursday.

Sample soul, rock or hip-hop this week in the Sacramento region.

San Francisco band to play at Harlow’s on Friday, Outside Lands in August

Singer brings his Jan & Dean vocals and history to Folsom’s Harris Center.

Carefully chosen lyrics deliver songs with emotionally-wrought gusto.

The Canadian band featuring three siblings has sold out its Northern California shows but offers a wealth of recent recorded material

The trio features two young players who already have created strong international reputations.

Two area rock acts are bringing the noise closer to home when Vans Warped Tour ’14 makes its way to Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Wheatland on June 26.

Sacramento-native Ebro Darden takes pride in upholding Hot 97 as a place that plays only artists and music that matters.

Steve Forbert was reading an article in Rolling Stone recently about a man and a woman made Internet famous by their artistry on the fast-twitch social video app Vine. Between them, they collected more than 8 million followers, fans anxiously awaiting the next snippet of creativity.

A popular Sacramento music-and-art festivals has changed its name and announced a new location.

There’s one telling of this story as direct as any 7 Seconds songs: The hardcore-punk pioneers recently released “Leave a Light On,” their first record in nine years, because they could.

Earning indie-pop adoration faster than you can say “Chvrches,” San Francisco’s Geographer is the kind of band that creates colors from sounds.

With larger stages, bigger dance floors and more places to dock a boat, organizers of the Isleton Cajun & Blues Festival hope to create a better bayoulike experience with a new location.

The key to distinction in jazz has always been in creating a unique sound.

A few years ago, Michael Neumann fell asleep after studying Symphony No. 8 by Austrian composer Gustav Mahler and dreamed of bringing together 1,000 musicians for a large-scale performance.

Alternative rock and blues rock served up this weekend.

The crowd bopped up and down as Weezer cranked through “Buddy Holly,” a rocking dance party well fueled by cabernet sauvignon and bites from Napa’s marquee restaurants. BottleRock Napa Valley was most definitely back with its myriad menu of music and libations, which drew a combined attendance of 75,000 to the Napa Valley Expo from Friday through Sunday.

Krystal Keith’s getting-ready-for-tour to-do list was relatively short. She had to get the merchandise organized. The meet-and-greet logistics needed to be worked out. And she had to cut her normal 60-minute set to a tight 25, because she wouldn’t want to upset the headliner.

Rock to funk, Americana or post-punk.

The lineup for BottleRock Napa Valley 2014 reads like an iPod set to shuffle. A set from 1990s favorites Barenaked Ladies will segue into LL Cool J. Headliners are geared toward both the cowboy-hat set and goths, via country star Eric Church and alternative-rock legends the Cure.

The festival began Friday and runs through Memorial Day in Old Sacramento

Old Sacramento will turn up the volume on Memorial Day weekend with an eclectic mix of rock, jazz, blues and other musical genres.

Dino Carrillo was chasing a record deal for his hip-hop group back in the 1990s, but says he kept hearing the same refrain: “You guys sound too much like the Beastie Boys.”

The King of Pop and a likely successor, prince of pop Justin Timberlake, ruled the Billboard Music Awards — though Michael Jackson made a splash via hologram and Timberlake accepted his awards via video from overseas.

There’s a good chance that seeing the name Collective Soul will trigger the memory of a particular guitar riff. It’s from “Shine,” the band’s breakthrough hit. Once awakened, it will hum around the edges of your consciousness for days.

Locations on map are indicated by numbers.

The Davis-based pianist premieres her solo piano tribute to Billie Holiday.

Soloists join the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra for a mammoth production of a vocal spectacle.

Meschiya Lake and the Lil’ Big Horns will be splashing the rhythms, sounds and sonic sensuality of the Big Easy all over this year’s Sacramento Music Festival.

Some will require loading the car with camping gear. Others will have you home before the end of “Saturday Night Live.” For certain ones, you’ll need glow sticks. For others, tie dye remains de rigueur.

If the near 100-degree temperatures are making you think of July, here’s something else to remind you of those hot summer nights.

Mainstream jazz acts used to be hard to find at the Sacramento Music Festival. Not so much anymore as there is a broad range of outstanding performers in different jazz genres through out the festival.

Choices for live music include folk, indie rock and jazz.

Happenstance has played an integral part in guitarist Bill Frisell’s 50-year trajectory through jazz, Americana, rock, folk, country, classical, experimental soundscapes, soundtracks and beyond.

Choose from indie rock or hip hop.

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