Sister Girlfriend with Joe Kye
8:30 p.m. Aug. 7
Naked Lounge Downtown
“Old Enough to Know Better” is a perfect song title for Seattle electro pop peddlers Sister Girlfriend. They make music like they’re old hat at it, with a seductively complex structure of beats and rhythms. Joe “Joseph in the Well” Kye opens, with Fontaine Classic in the middle spot. 1111 H St., Sacramento. $5. www.nakedcoffee.net.
The Wooden Sky
8 p.m. Aug. 10
There is a sublime middle ground that’s been forged by the Wooden Sky from Toronto. Some would call them alt-country while watching them whip up free-wheeling folk-rooted Americana jams in the vein of Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt. But fans of indie folk darlings such as Fleet Foxes or Iron & Wine find something to like, too. With Angelica Rockne and Randee Lace. 1517 21st St., Sacramento. $10 www.starlitelounge.net.
Lorin Walker Madsen
8 p.m. Aug. 12
This trailer park troubadour from Salt Lake City knocks out grimy country-punk drinking ditties like some orphaned child of Hank III and the Devil Makes Three. Lorin Walker Madsen would much rather toast his hometown in reverence than spit venom – and so it goes with the rest of his rowdy catalog. With the Bad Decision, Commerce Tx and Billy Hood. 2030 P St., Sacramento. lorinwalkermadsen.com
Looking ahead: Tower of Power. Sept. 5 at El Dorado Hills Town Center
If you’re prepared to write off this legendary funk troupe from Oakland as nothing more than a county fair fill-in, you haven’t been paying close enough attention. Steven Young Amphitheater, 4364 Town Center Blvd., El Dorado Hills. $35.