Music News & Reviews

An evening of melancholy metal: Sacramento goth rocker to play homecoming show

Chelsea Wolfe
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Chelsea Wolfe


7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3

Ace of Spades

Sacramento native Chelsea Wolfe has a homecoming show scheduled for the second-to-last night of her tour supporting the release “Hiss Spun,” which looks to be a major leap forward for the ever-brooding singer. Her signature dead-of-night intensity lurks around every corner of this pulsing, relentlessly atmospheric offering – an album searching endlessly for the rays of a daybreaking sun that may or may not come. With Youth Code. $22.50.

Sam Bush


8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4

The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley

There’s a long list of folks to thank for the state of modern bluegrass music (“newgrass,” as it is cheekily called), and you can put mandolin maestro Sam Bush right at the top. An effervescent performer, Bush has the ability to seamlessly wander through bluegrass, country and blues territory, his catalog teeming with clues as to where the Yonder Mountains, Avetts, Mumfords and Greenskys of the world took a cue or two. $67.

Hobo Johnson & the Lovemakers album release show

Hip-hop/ soul

6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9


Oak Park’s finest Hobo Johnson (a.k.a. Frank Lopes) is dishing up “The Rise of Hobo Johnson,” an aptly named record considering the notoriety that the affable and unassuming emcee has amassed over the past year or so. James Cavern, the Philharmonik and Jordan Moore fill out the rest of a bill that offers up some of the very best in local hip-hop. $10.

Looking ahead: Smash Mouth. Dec. 16 at the Crest Theatre

Tickets went on sale last week for indelible ’90s retro rockers, who this year are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album. So don’t delay, act now, supplies are running out ... $30-$55.