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    Phantogram – Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter – will perform electronic pop rock Friday at Ace of Spades.

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    Clint Black plays next weekend at Folsom Lake College.

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    Man Man brings their sometimes-dark, twisted alternative/experimental rock to Harlow’s on Sunday.

Three to See: Experimental rock; electronic pop rock and country

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 - 4:00 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - 7:19 pm

Man Man

Alternative/experimental rock

8 p.m. Sunday


The Philadelphia experimental indie rock outfit Man Man for years has guided tours in musically dark, twisted and bizarre caverns of the weird, much as highly revered songwriter Tom Waits does but with the safety harness to accompany the lingering taste of danger. Man Man continues touring in support of “On Oni Pond,” their new and most pop-accessible record to date. Like their previous works, the album is a sonic big-top of carnival instrumentation and Waits-esque funhouse vocals that seem crazy even by Frank Zappa’s standards. With Xenia Rubino. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $18.


Electronic pop rock

8 p.m. Friday

Ace of Spades

If you judge bands by the company they keep, it might be high time to cement Phantogram as one of the darlings of 2014; they’ve spent previous years touring with the likes of the xx, Beach House and Minus the Bear, and have recently collaborated with hip-hop megastar Big Boi (of Outkast) and rock royalty the Flaming Lips. Churning out a dense, reverberating deluge of spacey guitars with a vortex of crafty electronics, the New York-based duo of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter are now their own headliners, having released their second full-length “Voices” this week – an album that seems aligned to be their big breakout hit. With White Sea. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $25.

Clint Black


Thursday through March 1

Harris Center

Clint Black’s legacy – and a considerably large legacy it is – in country music bridges generations. His debut “Killin’ Time” and ensuing releases in the late ’80s and early ’90s set the table for the success of Garth Brooks and the crossover rowdiness that would eventually become the definition of “modern country” as he successfully merged the dusty roads and outlawed ways of Hank Williams and Merle Haggard with what has now become the pop-rock veneer of the Jason Aldean and Eric Churches. Black is taking a more laid-back approach these days: His three shows at the Harris Center are in an acoustic trio format with a reimagined set list. Harris Center Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. $39-$55.

Looking ahead: Rebelution. March 29 at Memorial Auditorium

At any given time, there is at least one band enjoying a tidal wave of success while keeping the spirit of reggae relevant in the popular realm. For the present, that band is Rebelution. 1515 J St., Sacramento. $25-$30.

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