!!! (Chk Chk Chk)
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 groups magnum opus like their version of Michael Jacksons 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 bands 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. www.assemblysacramento.com.
The Disciples of Markos
7 p.m. Saturday
Village Homes Community Center (Davis)
Last week, a rant appeared on Neil Youngs 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. www.timnatalmusic.com.
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 doesnt 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 Undergrounds 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. www.nakedcoffee.net.