A buzz is building around Pacific Northwest collective the Horde and the Harem, and it’s not just because they’ve been touring like maniacs. It’s because they’re really starting to put something together.
While their 2012 debut full-length was admirable, their new EP “Fairweather Friend” might be a game-changer. The album fills space in all the right places, with inventive psychedelic indie rock hooks and luscious vocal interplay between frontman Ryan Barber and keyboardist Hanna Stevens. Sunmonks and Hollow Wood also perform at one of Luigi’s final shows. 1050 20th St., Sacramento. $6. www.facebook.com/luigisfungarden.
It’s hard to tell if rapidly ascending rapper Riff Raff is going as tongue-in-cheek with his music as he is with his look, which somewhat resembles Corey Feldman, Jesse Pinkman and LMFAO thrown into a clothes dryer with a handful of highlighters.
On one hand, he’s got an entire song dedicated to fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana. On the other, the likes of Snoop Dogg, Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Future and YG are collaborators on his soon-to-be-released album “Neon Icon,” with Skrillex kicking in on production. If he’s keeping company like that, Raff might indeed be in store for a bright future in hip-hop. With Grandtheft, Diamond Dez and JG. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $23. www.aceofspadessac.com.
Nearly 10 years ago, Mike Sempert recorded “Nature vs. Nurture” in total solitude, alone in his parents’ attic, in what he describes as an amazing creative time. The album that would be arranged into the debut offering of his band, Bay Area indie electro-country darling Birds & Batteries. With B&B now defunct, Sempert is back, and the creativity is no less stellar. His triumphant solo debut, “Mid Dream,” is buried treasure, a heart-stopper of breezy, dense and succulent songwriting tailored for those days of simply gazing into a sunny afternoon sky. Modern Kin headlines. 129 E St., Davis. $5. sophias.ticketleap.com.
Looking Ahead: Nice Peter’s Epic Rap Battles of History – June 3 at Harlow’s
Peter Shukoff, the man behind the “Epic Rap Battles of History” series with more than 2 billion YouTube views, is taking his show on the road, creating new battles on the spot in a live setting, with audience participation. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $20. www.harlows.com.