9:30 p.m. Sat. April 28
Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
Saturday live music is back on the delightfully cozy downtown deck at Sophia’s in Davis, with San Francisco's plushly atmospheric dream rock/shoegaze surf pop act Sunhaze, playing with Phosphene and local beach pop act Animals in the Attic. Upcoming Sophia’s gigs include indie rock maven Sallie Ford (May 12), psych-Americana act King Dream, helmed by former Tumbleweed Wanderers frontman Jeremy Lyon (May 19) and about-go-kaboom Sacramento blues act the Gold Souls (June 2). $5. www.sophiasthaikitchen.com.
8 p.m. Sat. April 28
Hailing from North Carolina, Mipso is a relatively newer act - but by no means do they sound like it. Their newly released “Edges Run,” the group’s fourth album and already a critical darling, is a joyride of playful, in-no-rush Americana and snug acoustic rock harmonies, teeming with a refinement and poise that suggests they were contemporaries of acts like Nickel Creek rather than flag bearers of a generation to follow. $22. www.palmsplayhouse.com.
7 p.m. Fri. April 27
The Side Door @ Fifth String (2900 Franklin Blvd.)
Hushed smokey bars, illuminated by dim rays of light and blooming with rich acoustic strums… OK, fine, I’m just describing “Inside Llewyn Davis” here, but it’s really an ideal way to put your mind near the Greenwich Village ‘60s balladry of mystically refined troubadour Eric Anderson, whose heralded and seemingly boundless catalog of more than 25 albums also sprawls out to Nashville-influenced folk rock. Andersen and his band visit this intimate, tucked away venue in Curtis Park. $20. www.swell-productions.com.
Looking ahead: Davis Music Festival. June 15-17, Davis
The 40-band DMF lineup is a beaut’ in year eight, with visiting Northern California acts like the Sam Chase and Royal Jelly Jive joining a who’s who of topflight Sacramento-area talent. www.davismusicfest.com.