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    The Black Lips will perform at Assembly to promote their new release, “Underneath the Rainbow.”

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    The Bay Area’s Mustache Harbor will perform yacht rock at Harlow’s on Saturday.

Three to See: Fun with Mustache Harbor

Published: Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Mustache Harbor

Soft rock/cover band

10 p.m. Saturday


Admittedly, we don’t focus much on cover bands here at Three to See, but for a group of guys like the Bay Area’s Mustache Harbor who do it with just the right amount of cheesy antics, we were forced to take notice. Half of the name is obvious: They all rock their own version of the upper lip foliage and are known to pass a few stick-on ’staches around the crowd. The “Harbor” part is because of their slavish devotion to the delightfully ridiculous world of yacht rock – Christopher Cross, Billy Ocean, Toto and Michael McDonald and even a little Hall & Oates. Don’t even try to pretend this doesn’t sound like a good way to spend a Saturday night. Take Lyft if you really want a full evening of mustache mayhem. 9 p.m. doors. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $12.

The Black Lips

Garage rock/blues/punk

7 p.m. Tuesday


These days, it seems like a shot in the arm for mainstream success – or perhaps to rejuvenate a career – to have one of the members of the Black Keys produce a record. Just ask Dr. John. Long-standing garage rock and psychedelic grunge act the Black Lips tapped Keys drummer Patrick Carney to produce “Underneath the Rainbow,” released Tuesday. The result is as you’d expect: reverberating drums, howling guitars and a throwback sheen that sparkles over an otherwise sludgy romp through blues rock with overtures of underground punk. The Black Lips stop in Sac after SXSW in Austin. With the Coathangers. 1000 K St., Sacramento. $15. www.assembly

A Lot Like Birds


6:30 p.m. Monday


It’s been a busy couple of years for locally bred collective A Lot Like Birds. What started as a collaboration between Sactown rockers quickly turned into a big to-do when former Dance Gavin Dance frontman Kurt Travis joined the group, which would later sign to plucky punk label Equal Vision Records. Heavily rooted in experimental progressive rock (à la the Mars Volta), the group flutters between gut-punching screamo and pop-friendly punk rock in the vein of Alesana (which incidentally plays Assembly on Sunday). A Lot Like Birds shares this bill with headliners Being as an Ocean and My Iron Lung, Idle Hands and This Wild Life. 1000 K St., Sacramento. $12. www.assembl

Looking ahead: Preservation Hall Jazz Band, April 16 at the Crest Theatre

Not just purveyors of the roots of New Orleans jazz, the venerable collective from the heart of Bourbon Street is a music history lesson itself. 1013 K St., Sacramento. $29-$49.

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