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Three to see: Live music in Sacramento includes Breathe Owl Breathe, Jeff Austin Band, Golden Gloves

Indie group Breathe Owl Breathe opens the summer patio series at Sophia’s on Saturday.
Indie group Breathe Owl Breathe opens the summer patio series at Sophia’s on Saturday. Breathe Owl Breathe

Jeff Austin Band


6:30 p.m. Sunday

Auburn Event Center

Fans of pop rock-fueled bluegrass champs Yonder Mountain String Band were left in shock with mouths agape when mandolin maestro Jeff Austin (amicably) departed from the group last year. Mouths remained agape when fans saw what he was up to with the newly formed Jeff Austin Band, which features banjo-pickin’ mad scientist and accomplished solo artist Danny Barnes. More amazing is that Austin is using his songwriting chops and letting his creative juices fly with abandon. The sinfully sweet trio of vocal sirens T-Sisters opens the show. 145 Elm Ave., Auburn. $20 advance, $25 day of show.

Breathe Owl Breathe, with Sea of Bees


9:30 p.m. Saturday

Sophia’s Thai Kitchen

One of your unofficial signs that “summer is here” is the return of music to the patio at Sophia’s, the cozy wooden deck that has snagged the likes of the Lumineers, Dawes and the Head and the Heart on their way up the ranks. Breathe Owl Breathe has the honor on the first official weekend with a brand of indie chamber pop. With a new record close on the horizon, local indie folk favorite Sea of Bees kicks things off. 129 E St., Davis. $5 cover.

Golden Gloves


8 p.m. Thursday

Blue Lamp

Very quietly, there is a potentially combustible hip-hop scene organically sparking in Auburn, and Golden Gloves is one of the acts dribbling gas on the flames. In the mold of mainstream-bucking tropes such as Atmosphere and Hieroglyphics, the pair of emcees Wrecluse and Jmar exude a sharp and radiantly introspective vocal interplay that recognizes the hardships of the worst of times but fights back by extolling the best of times. The packed roster includes Dat’Boii Flam3, Long Beach’s Cali Blue, Shorty Earl (featuring Lila Saint Down) and HEAM. 1400 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento. $5.

Looking ahead: The Brody’s 20th Anniversary Show, May 22 at Old Ironsides

OK, the Brody’s aren’t on the Concert in the Park lineup this year, but their celebration of two decades of getting crazy in Sacramento might be just as wild a party. 1901 10th St., Sacramento.