8 p.m. July 20
With four tracks up on Bandcamp from the long-discussed “The Graveyard of the Atlantic,” the group’s first new record in nearly a decade might just happen for pop punk mainstays the Ataris. But for this show, founder and front man Kris Roe will be looking back, rollicking through the group’s bouncy breakout album, “Blue Skies, Broken Hearts,” in its entirety. With the Secretions and Andalusia Rose. 1400 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento. $15. bluelampsacramento.com.
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9 p.m. July 23
Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
San Francisco is obsessed with “pop-ups,” and Social Studies somewhat resembles a pop-up band. Its avant-garde synth-pop beats and brooding vocals scoff at the high rents and tech conventions, instead wafting through The City’s unravaged corners and alleys, zipping up a snappy helping of swaying indie pop tunes before moving on, With Northern American and Spectacular Spectacular. 129 E St., Davis. $5. sophiasthaikitchen.com.
The Dreaded Diamond
6:30 p.m. July 17
Almost out of nowhere, the project duo of siblings Juliana Lydell (of Paper Pistols) and Tyler Lydell has a new EP, “Youngling,” ready for release. Between Juliana’s powerhouse vocals of a vivacious alternative jazz flavor and Tyler’s almost obsessively calculated and enrapturing rhythms, this act is something special. With the Kelps. 6 p.m. doors. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $8. harlows.com.
Looking ahead: Kevin Costner & Modern West. Aug. 7-8 at Harris Center
Actor Kevin Costner is bringing his new country/Americana band to Folsom for two shows. Yes, that’s a real sentence. 10 College Parkway. $55-$85. harriscenter.net.