KDVS’ Operation Restore Maximum Freedom XVII
Noon-11 p.m. Saturday, May 27
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Sudwerk Brewing Co.
The exuberant pop punk of Sacramento’s breakout duo Dog Party and the carnal delights of spectral L.A. indie pop act TV Girl are your headliners, joined by veteran indie rockers French Cassettes, Honyock, Pregnant and more than a dozen others for this annual shindig hosted by the indelible KDVS. $17 advance/ $20 door. www.facebook.com
JJ Grey & MOFRO
6:30 p.m. Friday, May 26
Ace of Spades
We’re not sure if “Florida soul” is actually a thing, but JJ Grey is, no doubt, the godfather of it. Whether a mellow paddle or a full-throttle fanboat right through the gut of the swamps, Grey’s brand of soul-scorching blues and rough-edged throwback rock is inescapably captivating. With Kuinka. $30. www.aceofspadessac.com
7 p.m. Friday, May 26
If you’re planning a chill Memorial Day weekend staycation and avoiding the traffic, Frontier Ruckus is the perfect band to start it off. Their laid-back, artfully crafted and genuinely delivered folk rock eschews a trunk full of luggage for a cooler of beer, a lounge chair and a backyard summer breeze. $12. www.goldfieldtradingpost.com.
Looking ahead: City of Trees. Sept. 24
What we have right now is a date for the third installment of this booming late-summer throwdown – and it looks like we’ll get the first phase of the lineup on Tuesday, May 30. www.cityoftrees.com