Gardens & Villa
It’s that time of year when “the end of summer” signs begin to rear their heads. The final installment of the THIS Midtown Second Saturday block party series is likely one such sign. Fortunately, Gardens & Villa is one of those Shins-inspired pop acts that grabs summer by the throat and never lets go, stuffing warm urban vibes into a beach pail of electro-fueled pop rock. Zimmer, Lincoln Jesser and Chela round out this four-band bill. 20th and K streets, midtown Sacramento. Free. www.facebook.com/thismidtown.
This Charming Band
It’s a good week to be a Smiths fan if you live in Sacramento, with this week’s announcement that the seminal band’s guitarist and songwriter Johnny Marr will be visiting Ace of Spades on Dec. 14, in support of his new solo record “Playland.” But that’s still a few months out, and now is much sooner (to use a tattered and poor Smiths reference), so the venerable San Francisco tribute act This Charming Band will whet your appetite. The long-standing Smiths tribute group has been at it for nearly 10 years – pretty good longevity. 1400 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento. www.bluelampsacramento.com.
Il Sogno del Marinaio
The unlikely grouping of legendary bassist Mike Watt (of Minutemen and Iggy & the Stooges fame) and Italian musicians Stefano Pilia on guitar and Andrea Belfi on drums yields a result just as curious as the group’s members. The avant-garde rock and offbeat blues found on “Canto Secondo,” the group’s second album, was recorded in eight days, and is anthemic of the strangest back alleys and most remote unknown hillside towns of Europe – the kind where tourists don’t dare go but wish they had stories about to tell their friends on a stateside barstool. The group stops in Sacramento amidst an absurd 53-gig/53-day U.S. tour. Lite also performs. 1400 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento. $15. www.bluelampsacramento.com.
Looking ahead: Brett Dennen, Oct. 7 at the Center for the Arts
The redheaded troubadour and pride of Oakdale presents his “Watercolors,” an acoustic folk show that peels layers away from his standard diet of indie folk rock. 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. www.thecenterforthearts.org.