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Moon Taxi, a Nashville band, will perform at Harlow’s on Friday. Tea Leaf Green is also on the bill.

Three to see: Rock, reggae and hip-hop

Published: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Moon Taxi


9 p.m. Friday


“Mountains Beaches Cities” is a highly appropriate title for the breakthrough full-length album issued by Nashville wunderkinds Moon Taxi. The record sounds as if they’ve smashed the breezy melodies of a Sunday afternoon mountain hike, the introspective wanderlust of a walk on the beach in the salty air and the scorching, electro-laced jams of a mad dash through the bright lights of a bustling concrete jungle into a tasty sandwich. Tinges of progressive hooks and nudges of funky guitars buoy the calculated intensity of this jammy rock outfit. Moon Taxi provides support for venerable San Francisco jam band Tea Leaf Green. Doors 8 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $20.


Reggae rock

7 p.m. Sunday

Ace of Spades

Bands like Pepper are eternally destined to be compared to Sublime, and you’d have to assume that its members are cool with that. Listening to the laid-back island vibes and kick-the-shoes-off reggae that interlaces their sound, it seems like this Hawaii-native trio are usually cool with just about everything – that is, until they decide to shift gears and spit forth a rap-fueled rumbler of a track, just to make sure you haven’t forgotten that they are a rock band at heart and not simply beachfront merchants of chill. That dichotomy is prevalent on their 2013 self-titled record, the band’s first for famed label Island Records. With Lionize. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $20.

Nappy Roots


9 p.m. Wednesday


Even at the height of their popularity, Nappy Roots definitely never rose to the stadium-touring mainstream ranks of ’00s hip-hop troupes such as Outkast. But, they remain one of the most recognizable outfits out of the “dirty South.” From the release of their breakthrough ’02 album “Watermelon, Chicken and Gritz” to their 2012 collaboration with the Organized Noize Collective, and despite some lineup shifts along the way, this Kentucky born-and-bred outfit has kept itself a consistent touring presence with an unwavering ability to craft rhymes the deep-fried and dirty way. Doors 8 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $15.

Looking ahead: Chris Thile (solo), Feb. 15 at the Mondavi Center

A former member of Nickel Creek and current member of Punch Brothers, 2012 MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile is widely considered one of the world’s most awe-inspiring virtuosos on the mandolin. 1 Shields Ave, Davis. $25-$49.

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