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  • The electro-rock band !!! will perform Friday at Assembly. The band, pronounced “chk chk chk,” divides its time between Brooklyn and California’s capital.

  • Melanie Leigh Wilbur

    DTCV, which takes the stage Wednesday at Harlow’s, features, from left, Chris Dunn, Guylaine Vivarat and James Greer.

Three to See: Electro-rock, Greek blues and post-punk

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 - 5:00 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 - 5:33 pm

!!! (Chk Chk Chk)

Electro rock

8 p.m. Friday


Sacramento-bred !!! (spoken as “chk chk chk”) named its 2013 album “Thr!!!er” almost as a joke, to insinuate that perhaps the record would be the group’s magnum opus – like “their version” of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The joke has turned to reality after the group unveiled an album that stands as its best to date, brimming with hot electronic hooks and disco-dipped guitars, all tethered to combustive frontman Nic Offer. These days, Offer and the rest of the band split time between Brooklyn and Sacramento, but there is no denying the wattage of the band’s shows when the group returns home to the River City. Regulars of the Press Club and the Townhouse, circa mid-’00s, likely have fond (and hazy) memories. With Fine Steps. 1000 K St., Sacramento. $13.

The Disciples of Markos

Greek folk/blues

7 p.m. Saturday

Village Homes Community Center (Davis)

Last week, a rant appeared on Neil Young’s Facebook page that was credited to his online alter-ego “The Passenger,” part of which read, “Music speaks for the oppressed and downtrodden. Music launches revolution.” Across the Atlantic, that sentiment is the heart and soul of Rebetiko, a dense form of folk and blues music popularized in Greece in the 1930s. The Bay Area-based group Disciples of Markos describes Rebetiko as “the music of dopers, thieves, whores, beatniks, well-dressed outsiders and all sorts of shady characters,” and plays it with a fiery gusto that pays homage to hard times and ill repute on the streets of Athens. The group comes to Davis as part of the long-running TimnaTal Music series, specializing in a variety of global sounds. 2661 Portage Bay East, Davis. $17.



8:30 p.m. Wednesday

Naked Lounge Downtown

Following the seemingly omnipresent theme of “drop the vowels,” the intensive French American and L.A.-based rock trio formerly known as “Detective” now goes by simply DTCV – an abbreviated name for a band that really doesn’t abbreviate anything else. Led by always intriguing former Guided By Voices bassist and writer James Greer and singer Guylaine Vivarat, the group spouts a robust and sultry cocktail of pop-tinged rock, reminiscent of the Velvet Underground’s most extensive and outspoken rambles on life in these crazy times. DTCV sets up shop with local mainstays the Foxtails and Knock Knock. 1111 H St., Sacramento. $5.

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