8 p.m. Wed. Jan. 17
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Sneaking into Folsom for a midweek set, breakout alt-indie act Manchester Orchestra will go acoustic at this free “Music Discovery” series gig to show off the quiet intensity and atmospheric side of tunes like “The Gold” and others from their 2017 gem “A Black Mile to the Surface.” The lineup has them set to play at 9 p.m. sandwiched between locals Write or Die and Our People at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., respectively. www.facebook.com/events/528969027468189.
The Golden Cadillacs
7 p.m. Sat. Jan. 13
We’ll stop short of calling this an official “residency” at the shiny new Carmichael eatery the Patriot, and we won’t call the Golden Cadillacs a “house band” (the vivacious local Americana rock staple has a few different regular haunts they could call home), but after a few shows there, it’s clear the Caddies have a bit o’ buzz going at this sprawling gathering spot. There are four more Patriot gigs on their calendar after this Saturday’s hootenanny: Jan. 18 and 26 and Feb. 9 and 16. www.thegoldencadillacs.com.
Jesus & the Dinosaurs
7 p.m. Sun. Jan. 14
Fans of the Stooges’ rough-edged irreverence and the Who’s earliest plaster-blasting club days before they hit the big time will delight in the unabashed and free-wheeling garage punk of Fairfield’s Jesus & the Dinosaurs, teaming with local pop punk upstarts Free Candy at the Lounge (1812 J St.), Midtown’s newest cozy DIY venue curated by the First Festival team. Fair warning: the venue is RSVP-only through the website, which means no tickets at the door. $10. https://www.firstfestsac.com/the-lounge.
Looking ahead: An intimate evening with Langhorne Slim. Feb. 24 at Harlow’s
Part alleyway folk troubadour and part moth-eaten soulman, the effervescent Langhorne Slim rolls into town on a solo tour behind his new record “Lost at Last Vol. 1.” $15. www.harlows.com.