There are more than enough sun splashes of soul and breezes of blues in Tinariwen’s effervescent sound to make it seem like a soundtrack to a road trip – but these are roads and journeys the likes of which very few of us here would ever comprehend, traveled with bare feet and heavy packs. The splashes of soul and breezes of blues focus not on a joyful destination, but away from turmoil and oppression. These Grammy-winning Tuareg musicians, nomads from Saharan regions, started the collective in the 1980s to tell their tales through a sandstorm of guitar-driven rock, funk, hip-hop and regional rhythms of their homeland. With the Melodic. 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. $35. www.thecenterforthearts.org.
WL singer and bassist Misty Mary almost seems to be at odds with her bandmates, guitarist Michael Yun and drummer Stevie Sparks. The latter two have paid close attention to Built to Spill’s earliest rambunctious forays into melodically murky indie rock. Mary’s vocals, on the other hand, seem to casually glide over lush open spaces, searching for whatever flower or branch they will perch on next. Instrumentally, the band is running at full sprint through those spaces. Pull up a bench at LowBrau’s “Le Twist” and watch WL (pronounced “well”) as its shoegaze pop hooks create enough kinetic tingle to shake the walls. 1050 K St., Sacramento. Free. www.facebook.com/LeTwistTuesdays.
The Dandy Warhols
One of the prized musical exports of Portland is the off-kilter psych rock supreme Dandy Warhols. The band’s dense and lively guitar-driven songs (with perfectly balanced synth) are far more anthemic of the things happening in the dark corners of the bar than those awash in the neon lights of the beer signs up front – because back there is where the real fun happens, anyway. With the Warlocks. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $25. www.aceofspadessac.com.
Looking ahead: The Stone Foxes. May 10 at El Dorado Hills Art & Wine Affaire
San Francisco’s haymaker of classic-tinged blues rock, the Stone Foxes headline this tasty El Dorado Hills event, with Tom Rigney & Flambeau on May 11. 4364 Town Center Blvd., El Dorado Hills. www.eldoradohillsartaffaire.com.