Noon Wednesday, March 29
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You probably won’t get an excused absence to attend this free midweek, midday concert from the enigmatic Live Manikins, but a case can certainly be made for a lengthened lunch hour to take in some soul, funk and hip-hop madness from one of Sacramento’s finest troupes. 6000 J St., Sacramento. Free. www.theuniversityunion.com.
7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28
Ace of Spades
The Orwells seem to be suffering from a bit of decade confusion here. Are we doing the ’90s grunge thing? The tiny club ’80s punk rock thing? Maybe even a murky version of the ’70s glam rock thing? Perhaps you can resolve the confusion while slugging some beers as they tour behind their new record “Terrible Human Beings.” With the Walters. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $21. www.aceofspadessac.com.
7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29
Ace of Spades
The pet project of Joshua Hodges, STRFKR has already established itself as a sweaty, glitzy electropop wunderkind – but take a listen to the breadth of stripped-down demo tracks on the newly released “Vault. Vol. 1.” Most artists would maim and kill to have this stock of material anywhere in the house, let alone in the attic collecting dust. With Psychic Twin. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $20. www.aceofspadessac.com.
Looking ahead: First Festival. Saturday-Sunday, May 6-7, at Riverwalk Park
It’s not too early to make plans for the upstart First Festival, headed back to West Sacramento and going all-in on a truckload of top local talent in its third year. www.firstfestivalsacramento.com.