The Psychedelic Furs – rock and new wave. 9 p.m. Saturday at Assembly
Film director John Hughes has been revered as a “career launcher,” for the platoon of eventual stars he cast in his films during the 1980s and ’90s. But he almost killed the career of Britain’s Psychedelic Furs.
The post-punk band had done some heavy flirting with mainstream stardom in the early ’80s, but then in 1986 “Pretty in Pink” served as the unofficial anthem for Hughes’ film of the same name. The tune became the group’s most recognizable stateside hit and landed the Furs on the film’s new wave soundtrack alongside Echo and the Bunnymen, The Smiths and New Order.
Nothing was quite the same after that. The Furs subsequently became estranged from their Brit-punk roots and broke up in the early ’90s. It all worked out, though: Brothers Richard and Tim Butler reformed the Furs in 2000 and have been a relatively consistent touring presence ever since, despite not releasing an album of new material in more than 20 years. Take that, Molly Ringwald. With Burning in Rome.
1000 K St., Sacramento. $35. (916) 341-0176; www.assembly
Dog Party – rock and punk. 7 p.m. Saturday at Bows & Arrows
A couple of weeks ago, Dog Party drummer Lucy Giles, 15, told The Bee that most of her high school peers “don’t know what exactly the deal is – they just think I’m in a little band, and I’m kind of a poser or something.”
That sentiment doesn’t figure to last. Dog Party – Lucy and her big sister, guitarist Gwendolyn, 17 — are letting their impressively refined throwback punk rock licks do the talking. Saturday is a busy night: Dog Party celebrates its record release, local rock staple the Pets revels in their 10-year anniversary, and defunct rockers the Ancient Sons enjoy a one-night reunion. Nacho Business and DJ Shaun Slaughter also perform.
1815 19th St., Sacramento. $5 (before 8 p.m.). All ages. www.bowscollective.com.
Ben Sollee – folk. 7 tonight at Harlow’s
Kentuckian Ben Sollee cuddles up to a cello as he crafts music as a solo artist now that he’s not touring with the renowned Abigail Washburn’s Sparrow Quartet (alongside banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck).
Sollee’s warm, engaging and complex songwriting abilities and genre-bending instrumental prowess has attracted the attention of music heavyweights. His latest offering, “Half Made Man,” is buried treasure. Featuring members of My Morning Jacket and STS9, it stands as an alluring hodgepodge of American roots music blended with a modern folk revival and crossover jazz.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $15. (916) 441-4693; www.harlows.com.
Looking ahead: Seventh annual American River Music Festival – Sept. 13-14-15 at Henningsen-Lotus Park
Camping, rafting and hiking can be part of the package at this growingfestival in and around Coloma, headlined by the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Sean Hayes, Dead Winter Carpenters, Paul Thorn and others. www.americanriver