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The Wild Ones with vocalist Danielle Sullivan, right, are set to play their buoyant synthetic melodies at Lowbrau on Tuesday night.

Three to See: Make friends with Portland’s Wild Ones

Published: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Delta City Ramblers

Bluegrass

8 p.m. Saturday

Bows & Arrows

It’s a shame that local quartet the Delta City Ramblers ever has to play indoors – this particular brand of bluegrass is tailor-made for the open air, whether that be on the sidewalks of Old Sac, on a lonely hillside or in a beer garden. The band has become known for cajoling revelers into a singalong, featuring throwback sensibilities similar to groups like Old Crow Medicine Show. Saturday’s EP release show is one of the last at midtown’s beloved Bows & Arrows, which recently announced, to the chagrin of many local music fans and patrons, that it will be closing its doors at the end of the month. Remaining shows in January include the Shelly Shepherd Band (Jan. 18), Bay Area folk act Split Screens (Jan. 25) and a “Beatles ’64” 50th anniversary tribute featuring more than a dozen local acts playing Fab Four songs specifically from 1964 (Jan. 26). 1815 19th St., Sacramento. $5.

Wild Ones

Electronic pop

9 p.m. Tuesday

Lowbrau

Electro-pop upstarts the Wild Ones definitely know how to make friends with fans, offering up a syrupy, funk-tinged cover of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” as a free download. Opening for such indie “it” acts as Surfer Blood, Ages and Ages, and Typhoon has certainly helped raised the Portland, Ore.-based band’s profile, and it’s hard not to be charmed by the buoyant synthetic melodies and frisky guitar lines that flank the undeniable allure of singer Danielle Sullivan. Come out and buy them a beer Tuesday night. You can say you knew them back before they had more friends than they could count. 1020 K St., Sacramento. Free.

Whitey Morgan

Country rock

8 p.m. Wednesday

Marilyn’s on K

This much is true about being a country-music artist: If you can’t make people believe that the hard times, hangovers and broken hearts are legit, then you should seriously think about giving away your guitar. In the case of Whitey Morgan, he hails from the minor-chord city of Flint, Mich., so you know the hard times are real. Hangovers? You can practically smell the stale beer on almost any of his tracks. Broken hearts? His Waylon Jennings-influenced outlaw country ways and hard-edge delivery suggest that he’s the one doing all the breaking. With Jon Emery and the Dry County Drinkers. 908 K St., Sacramento. $10.

Looking ahead: The Devil Makes Three, Feb. 7 at Ace of Spades

Riding the growing popularity of 2013’s Buddy Miller-produced “I’m a Stranger Here,” lovable country-punk trio The Devil Makes Three returns to Sacramento with pals the Brothers Comatose. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $20.

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