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Three To See: Pioneering punk act Agent Orange plays Harlow’s

Agent Orange, a Southern California punk band, will rock at Harlow’s on Tuesday night.
Agent Orange, a Southern California punk band, will rock at Harlow’s on Tuesday night. Mitch Schneider Organization

Southern Culture on the Skids


10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5


Southern Culture on the Skids formed more than three decades ago in Chapel Hill, N.C., and the trio’s zesty blend of country surf pop rock continues to recruit new fans. SCOTS’ latest album, “The Electric Pinecones,” was released in September, and it’s another fine offering in the band’s long and vibrant career. Doors 9:30 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $15 advance/$18 door.

Agent Orange


8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8


It never ceases to amaze how many pioneers of the Southern California punk rock scene still put the rubber to the road. Founding frontman Mike Palm continues to lead the indelible Agent Orange, a band that set up camp between punk rock and surf back in 1979 and has been holding a rager under the tent ever since. Doors 7 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $12.

Moon Hooch


8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10

Davis Odd Fellows Hall

Yes, that person on stage does have an orange road cone sticking out of his saxophone. It’s all part of the rabid inventiveness of Moon Hooch, who whirl up a sweaty hodgepodge of progressive jazz, funk, rock and dance-hall grooves by deploying two saxophones, a drum kit and some damn-the-torpedos musical courage. Their newest offering, “Red Sky,” kicks it back with some delightfully cheesy retro-jazz playfulness. With Honeycomb. 415 Second St., Davis. $15.

Looking ahead: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. Nov. 20 at Community Center Theatre

Maybe you’ve seen those YouTube vids featuring lounge-jazz interpretations of modern pop tunes, such as Radiohead or Soundgarden? That would be the wildly popular Postmodern Jukebox. 1301 L St., Sacramento. $51-$113.