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One-hit wonder? Loyal fans will say this band is much more

The rock/Americana band Cracker has a cult-like following of fans.
The rock/Americana band Cracker has a cult-like following of fans.



7:30 p.m. Friday, June 2

Ace of Spades

It’s weird to think of Cracker as a one-hit wonder, but after the early ’90s psych-pop success of “Low” and underground favorite “Euro-Trash Girl,” the group stayed mostly away from the popular airwaves and amassed a near-cult following over the ensuing 20-plus years. Dive into “Berkeley to Bakersfield” for a textbook sample of the band’s pristine mix of fine-aged alt-country and affable, quirky rock ’n’ roll. $22.

Tigers Jaw with Smidley


7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7


You’re gonna want to catch all of this bill. The newest album from Tigers Jaw, “Spin,” is the emo-pop group’s fifth since 2005 and marks a shimmering resurgence after a brief hiatus. Smidley (the moniker of Conor Murphy of Foxing) opens up the bill, touring behind a charmingly freaked-out cluster of frenetic, synthed-up pop rock. With Saint Seneca. $16 adv./$18 door.

Mount Kimbie


8 p.m. Saturday, June 3


Does it seem weird that dubstep has been around long enough for there to be “post-dubstep”? That rhetorical question aside, U.K.’s Mount Kimbie duo are forebears of the genre, couriers of an evolutionary phase shift in electronic music that solders ambient, brain-twisting hooks together into a curious sonic puzzle. With Ash Koosah and Tiraz. $15 adv./$17 door

Looking ahead: Roger Waters. June 12 at Golden 1 Center

There’s still a smattering of tickets left for the Pink Floyd legend, whose backing band is spearheaded by fireballing pop duo Lucius – “Great Gig in the Sky,” anyone?.