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Three to See: Mod Sun, Proxy Moon, Colin Hay lead the way

Hip-hop singer Mod Sun brings messages of peace, positivity and happiness to his show March 24 at The Boardwalk.
Hip-hop singer Mod Sun brings messages of peace, positivity and happiness to his show March 24 at The Boardwalk.

Mod Sun


6:30 p.m March 24

The Boardwalk

A Facebook post from “hippy-hop” star Mod Sun tells us that last week’s new album release, “Look Up,” represents what has been in his head for the past 10 years. That must be a heck of a lot to pack into one record. A former drummer for the moderately successful Four Letter Lie may be the last person you’d expect to find in the hip-hop game, but his pop-varnished beats and lyricism reflect his outspoken messages of peace, positivity and happiness – something hip-hop in Sacramento could use a little extra dose of right now. With Dillon Cooper, Blackbear, KR, Karizma and DJ Gnash. 9426 Greenback Lane, Orangevale. $15-$50.

Proxy Moon


9 p.m. Friday

Starlite Lounge

Yes, “junk” is a genre. Proxy Moon, a five-piece local outfit, has a jazz-rooted sound that is sweet and smoky, with the perfect amount of rustic wear. It’s as if the quintet refused to vacate a Chicago martini lounge when the wrecking ball tore through it, staying with the rubble all the way to the scrapyard and not skipping a beat under a desolate moonlit sky. Proxy Moon plays in the middle of openers the MollyMawks and veteran locals Mandolin Avenue. 1517 21st St., Sacramento. $5.

Colin Hay


7:30 p.m. March 22

Crest Theatre

Hard to believe it’s been 10 years since the soundtrack to “Garden State” virtually hurled the indie folk genre into the mainstream and upped the visibility of acts like the Shins and Iron & Wine. Nestled on that album was former Men at Work singer Colin Hay, the husky-voiced troubadour whose solo career was well in the works at that point, but got just the right nudge from Zach Braff’s compilation. This year looks busy. He’s touring in support of his newest album, “Next Year People,” and then he hits the road again supporting a co-bill with Barenaked Ladies and Violent Femmes. That oughta be interesting. 1013 K St., Sacramento. $25-$45.

Looking ahead: Sturgill Simpson. April 17 at Ace of Spades

Is he truly the chosen one who can pull modern country music out of the bro-zone? So far, all signs point to yes. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $18.