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Three to See: Eli and the Sound Cult takes it to the brink

Eli and the Sound Cult, whose forthcoming EP is “So Much Yes,” will be at Starlite on Saturday.
Eli and the Sound Cult, whose forthcoming EP is “So Much Yes,” will be at Starlite on Saturday.

Eli and the Sound Cult


8 p.m. Saturday


Wouldn’t it be interesting if the producers of “The Walking Dead” got hold of Sacramento duo Eli and the Sound Cult? A natural fit for the show, their brain-tripping, electro-based, neo-psych soul is the music of a mad world pushed to the brink, where order is lost and all the rules are in question, but where the light of hope and search for companionship still flicker brightly in the distance. Having built “the cult” into a hot commodity since 2011, Elijah Jenkins and Jason Bove are set to release their second EP, “So Much Yes,” on Saturday at their annual “Spring Fling” event. With Satapana, Redadare and Paisano. 1517 21st St., Sacramento.

Hollow Wood


8 p.m. Tuesday


“The shadows are my home / whisper softly like it matters, don’t blow away my soul” go the lyrics to Hollow Wood’s “Shadow Man.” The shadows would indeed seem the natural habitat of this Boise, Idaho, outfit, an electric folk-driven quintet teeming with verbose and crafty melodies yet with an intriguing obscurity and isolating quality. The group’s January EP “Wallflower” is its second abbreviated offering in six months, offering teasers of a band potentially on the cusp of indie pop stardom – fame possibly driven by a nation of Fleet Foxes fans. Doors 7 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $10-$12.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo


7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Crest Theatre

During South Africa’s apartheid rule, the music of male vocal collective Ladysmith Black Mambazo was rooted in peace, goodwill and togetherness – a visible and audible beacon of unity. Nelson Mandela himself, upon being released from prison, referred to the four-time Grammy-winning group (most recently in 2014) as “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors to the world.” If there is higher praise than that, we’d like to hear it. Doors 6:30 p.m. 1013 K St., Sacramento. $30-$45.

Looking ahead: Buddy Guy, April 8 at Mondavi Center

There can be no list of blues guitar greats that does not feature Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy – just see followers such as Hendrix, Clapton and Vaughn. 1 Shields Ave., Davis. $37-$65.