Do yourself a favor and search “Jeff Tweedy – People Talking During Concert” on YouTube. What you’ll find is a 31/2- minute, impassioned discourse from the musician about the hot-button issue of crowd noise during shows, especially solo acoustic gigs. You’ll also catch a glimpse of the enigmatic, conflicted persona that is Tweedy himself. When performing with his band Wilco, Tweedy provides a tour de force of asymmetrical indie rock emblazoned with Americana soul. However, a Tweedy solo show is the rare opportunity to experience a stripped-down set from this protean songwriter, accomplished guitarist and shyly charismatic performer. With Scott McCaughey. 1 Shields Ave., Davis. $40. www.mondaviarts.org.
When the ramshackle indie rock tune “San Francisco” became an unofficial anthem of the Giants’ 2012 World Series run, it seemed sort of similar to the Dropkick Murphys’ hooch-swilling chestbeater for the Boston Red Sox. But here’s a notable difference – the Murphys are actually from Beantown, the Mowgli’s are not from the City by the Bay. Ultimately, who cares. “San Francisco” is just one of the festively zippy, street-orchestra tracks from this L.A. eight-piece that has earned them justified comparisons to Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, Grouplove and the Kopecky Family Band. With Blondfire and Hunter Hunted. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $13. www.aceofspadessac.com; www.themowglis.net
To answer your question: Yes, they are indeed still playing. In 1996, “Counting Blue Cars” was that song that turned many a teenager and 20-something into amateur street preachers, walking around and singing, “Tell me all your thoughts on God.”
Unable to follow with another song that could touch its popularity, Dishwalla was slammed into the cellar of one-hit wonders and assumed gone from the limelight forever. Apparently, they didn’t get that memo. Despite a few breaks from touring here and there, the band has remained intact and performing for nearly two decades. Local indie rock mainstays Musical Charis open. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $22. www.harlows.com; www.dishwalla.com
After a full 2013 of touring as a member of the Black Crowes, local hero Jackie Greene sets up camp for three shows to ring in the New Year; one as a solo/duo set on Dec. 29, and with his full band Dec. 28 and 31. 14 State Highway 28, Crystal Bay, Nev. $30-$65. www.crystalbaycasino.com; www.jackiegreene.com