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Three to see: Elephant Stone’s Beatle-esque psych pop at the Torch

Neko Case will be at the Center for The Arts on Sunday.
Neko Case will be at the Center for The Arts on Sunday.

Elephant Stone


8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15

Torch Club

As if sprouting from the soil of “Tomorrow Never Knows,” Elephant Stone’s twirling “Revolver”-era buoyant Beatle-inspired psych pop doesn’t go spacey even as it is painted with similarly vibrant colors. With five albums in the can, it’s a wonder this hidden gem hasn’t yet attained more popularity. With Gyrating Hips. 904 15th St., Sacramento. Free.

Neko Case


8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13

The Center for the Arts

While 2016 looked to be the year of the side project for Neko Case, with the summer festival emergence of the “case/lang/veirs” collaboration alongside k.d. lang and Laura Veirs, Case is back to touring with the expansive, daring and zealous catalog that has made her an indie pop star. That catalog is so robust that it spawned a career-spanning vinyl box set last year. With Eric Bachmann and Jon Rauhouse. 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley, $48.

John Mayall


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15

Crest Theatre

British bluesman John Mayall inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame this year – which is odd, considering that should have happened eons ago, right? Last year’s release of “Live in 67” is one more reminder of the fact that Mayall is a consummate pro, swaying through smoldering, stone-chiseled blues seemingly unbound by time or gravity. 1013 K St., Sacramento. $30-$55.

Looking ahead: Dec. 31 Midtown Mountain Getdown with Miami Horror

We don’t know where it’s happening yet, but this New Year’s Eve “mountain-themed” shindig in midtown will feature Miami Horror headlining with Dusty Brown, Le Youth and more. $50-$75.