Tim Reynolds & TR3
8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30
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Fireballing axeman Tim Reynolds’ name is forever linked with Dave Matthews, both for his longtime electric ballyhoo with the band and the fan-revered “Dave & Tim” acoustic duo shows, but with his own band, Reynolds’ stand-alone wizardry and mad scientist inventiveness on guitar should not be ignored. Doors 7 p.m. 2708 J St. $20 adv/$25 door. www.harlows.com
8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2
At face value, everything about Portland’s Shook Twins screams “indie folk band.” And that’s what the group is even though it’s surprisingly difficult to limit the band to that category, given its tendencies to throw a little Grateful Dead soul jam into the fray with some captivating melodic balladry. Stompy Americana ensemble Rabbit Wilde opens up. 325 Spring St., Nevada City. $20. www.minersfoundry.org
8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3
San Francisco’s Con Brio is not messing around here. While “Paradise,” released in July, was the band’s debut, it already has festival crowds (Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Lollapalooza) eating out of its hand – understandable considering the soul-scorched fistfuls of funk it’s serving up. Look for the group to be booking to larger venues. With Gene Evaro Jr. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $15. www.harlows.com
Looking ahead: X. Dec. 4 at Ace of Spades
Tickets just hit the market for a Sacramento tour stop from X, one of the seminal bands of Los Angeles (or any other city) punk rock. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $32.50. www.aceofspadessac.com.