G. Love & Special Sauce
8:30 p.m. Saturday
Thunder Valley Casino
After two decades in the game, Garrett “G. Love” Dutton seems to have found his way back to the kind of innovative blend that he wandered from in recent releases. Special Sauce’s forthcoming 20th anniversary album, “Sugar,” finds bassist Jimi “Jazz” Prescott reunited with fellow founders Dutton and drummer Jeffrey “Houseman” Clemens. A single, “Nothing Quite Like Home,” gives us a cozily familiar breed of foot-stomping throwback electric blues, sizzled to pure funk perfection by Dutton’s soulful trademark lyrical ramble. See for yourself on the group’s website ( philadelphonic.com) in a video set in the corner of a cafe. 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln. $24.50-$34.50. www.thundervalleyresort.com.
A Happy Death
8:30 p.m. Sunday
OK, we know that vinyl is all the rage again, but cassette tapes? We’re definitely feeling that ’80s nostalgia when a band such as the Portland-based A Happy Death has the gumption to dish up its newest offering, “Introducing: A Happy Death” on cassette (with a download code in tow, of course). The music, however, leans more toward the ’70s with a wall of sludgy fuzzed-up guitars, wailing keys and lo-fi garage rock romp. “Even though I consumed more drugs and alcohol, somehow I felt more like an adult when recording this album,” explains frontman Ryan Lella. Sounds exactly like what we’ve come to expect of bands at Starlite (nee the Townhouse) over the years. With Ghostplay and Millburray. 1517 21st St., Sacramento. www.starlitelounge.net.
6:30 p.m. Wednesday
Ace of Spades
A few trips through the catalog of Bay Area electro-darling Beats Antique will always pique curiosity about the methodology behind its global gumbo of sound – and it always makes for an engaging listen. Seeing them live is a whole other story, one sure to elevate that curiosity into all-out wonderment. The group’s stunning stage performances are a collision of inventive live instrumentation, engineered beats culled from all corners of the world and visually elaborate performance art. This show gets even sweeter with the inclusion of Sean Hayes, a Bay Area-based troubadour sewing patches of funk and soul into his thrift store folk pop. With Horsehead McGee. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $22. www.aceofspadessac.com.
Looking ahead: The Dandy Warhols. April 24 at Ace of Spades
Eternally destined for life under the radar, and loving every minute of it, Portland’s the Dandy Warhols are royalty in the world of offbeat indie rock. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $25. www.aceofspadessac.com.