Goodnight, Texas – Old-time folk rock. 9 p.m. Friday at Harlow’s (with Rusted Root)
Bay Area music fans may have wondered where singer-songwriter Avi Vinocur might reappear after departing from blues rock upstarts the Stone Foxes a couple years back. Now performing alongside North Carolina songwriter Patrick Dyer Wolf as Goodnight, Texas, he seems to have emerged in a time warp more than 100 years ago, covered in dust and charged with penning a barroom musical documentary about the working folk of the American frontier. The “old soul” of this intriguing group’s debut “A Long Life of Living” starkly belies the exuberance of their youth and 20th century births. Goodnight, Texas opens for venerable rockers Rusted Root, also with local faves Massive Delicious. Doors open at 8 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $25. www.harlows.com.
Jonny Craig – Pop/rock. 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Ace of Spades
“Find What You Love and Let It Kill You” is not just the title of Jonny Craig’s latest fan-funded EP, released last month; it’s also pretty much a tell-all mantra for that fire in his gut that sears the tip of the microphone every time he steps up to it. Wrought with intensity and emotional wreckage, yet transcendently engaging, Craig’s vocal prowess as a solo artist displays a bit of his softer side yet packs the smack he showed as lead singer of post-hard-core act Ghost Runner on Third and local rock favorite Dance Gavin Dance. Craig headlines Saturday’s finale of the “Souls on Fire Tour” along with Kyle Lucas, Hearts & Hands, Bleach Blonde and Secrets. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $15. www.aceofspadessac.com.
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Lake Street Dive – Alternative indie pop/jazz. 8 p.m. Tuesday at Harlow’s
If you look up from the bottom of that glass ceiling that bands such as the Lumineers will eventually run into, you’ll see Lake Street Dive doing the soft-shoe. This geographically diverse quartet radiates the same lively acoustic indie pop snap that has led to a recent superstar renaissance of roots music, but its members write and perform with a slavish devotion to vintage jazz, blues, rock and classical styling. The result is a dance-in-the-streets stew of deliciously soulful American music. With Miss Tess and the Talkbacks. Doors 7 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $14. www.harlows.com.
Looking ahead; Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Nov. 27 at Sleep Train Arena
Is it time to cement TSO’s laser-lit, prog-rock Christmas wonderland tours alongside such holiday traditions as eggnog and “The Nutcracker”? We say yes. Two shows, 4 and 8 p.m. 1 Sports Parkway, Sacramento. $31-61. www.sleeptrainarena.com.