7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27
Ace of Spades
It doesn’t sound like Sacramento-bred enigmatic beat peddlers Hippie Sabotage are actually out to sabotage anything with their colorful, frisky and syrupy beats. The duo has amassed a following in the electronica/hip-hop production scene, thanks in part to “Stay High,” their remix of Tove Lo’s hit “Habits.” With Alex Wiley and Kembe X. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $15. www.aceofspadessac.com.
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26
Center for the Arts
Ask anyone present or past who knows a thing or two about the banjo (such as, say, Steve Martin or Earl Scruggs) to make a short list of the world’s best pickers, and Noam Pikelny is going to be right around the top. Typically manning the banjo for Punch Brothers, Pikelny is out on his “One Man, One Banjo, One Joke” solo tour in preparation for new solo material later this year. 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. $30. www.thecenterforthearts.org.
7 p.m. Thursday, March 3
Ace of Spades
The Dead Kennedys has been and still is one of the most viscerally haunting and satirically poignant acts in punk rock history – even without wild-eyed frontman Jello Biafra. With Reagan Youth, Screaming Bloody Marys and local staples Secretions. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $22. www.aceofspadessac.com.
Looking ahead: Cage the Elephant, Saturday, March 12, at Sleep Train Arena
Sleep Train Arena is soon to become an afterthought, but this juggernaut rock show with Cage the Elephant, Silversun Pickups, Foals and Bear Hands is a dandy for the ol’ gal. 1 Sports Parkway, Sacramento. $29.50-$39.50. www.sleeptrainarena.com.