Brokedown in Bakersfield
8 p.m. Sunday
The Center for the Arts
Facebook tells us that Mother Hips frontman Tim Bluhm has been riding his bike from gig to gig lately, including a trek from San Luis Obispo to Folsom. He must be looking for a break from all the miles in the touring van that come from also being a member of his wife’s band, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, and with Nicki in Brokedown in Bakersfield. Along with Lebo (of ALO), guitarist Scott Law and others, this frisky project dips into dusty, raucous and hearty renditions of classic outlaw country tunes – we’re talking Merle, Patsy, Gram, and even a few originals. 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. $25.
7 p.m. Friday
Hip-hop diva Lil Debbie may bear the name of a line of supermarket snack cakes, but she might as well be Irony. One of her most popular tunes is entitled “Michelle Obama,” who has earned her chops with her efforts to provide healthful school lunches. A former member of troupe White Girl Mob, this spitfire performer by way of Oakland has a bustling solo career, marked by rough-edged and sharp-tongued urban hip-hop – that’s when she’s not busy as a model and fashion designer. Doors open at 6 p.m. for this early gig, with Caskey opening; Prince tribute act the Purple Ones gets it going at 10 p.m. (separate tickets required). 2708 J St., Sacramento. $18. www.harlows.com.
6 p.m. Friday
Ace of Spades
Conventional wisdom says this band took its name from Attila the Hun – or from the behemoth defeated by Jean-Claude Van Damme in fight flick “Lionheart.” This Atlanta five-piece has conquered the metalcore scene for nearly a decade with vicious dark metal and dooming roar along with campy beer-soaked riffs. Attila heads up the “Outbreak Rock Tour” with Crown the Empire, Like Moths to Flames and Sworn In. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $20. www.aceofspades.com.
Looking ahead: Anuhea, Dec. 28 at Harlow’s
By way of Hawaii, this sultry songstress has a burgeoning following on the mainland with her sunny acoustic pop and island reggae vibes. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $20-$25. www.harlows.com.