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Three to see: Live music in Sacramento

Music has become a prominent presence at The Whole Earth Festival at UC Davis. The festive scene above was captured in 2013.
Music has become a prominent presence at The Whole Earth Festival at UC Davis. The festive scene above was captured in 2013. Sacramento Bee file

Whole Earth Festival

Various genres

May 8-10

Quad at UC Davis

This longstanding annual event has been building stronger lineups each year, to the point where it now resembles a stand-alone music festival as much as it does a sustainable-living expo. The do-not-miss of the weekend is Oakland’s Tumbleweed Wanderers, whose “Realize” is due June 9. It’s an album of pure Muscle Shoals swamp rock and screaming soul, like a time capsule from the ’60s. They’re on at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, sandwiched between the Soft White Sixties, Davis native Butterscotch and Groovesession. Burning Man favorite the Human Experience, Mojo Green and Tempest are also on deck. See the full lineup at wef.ucdavis.edu.

Joseph in the Well

Indie/pop/classical

7 p.m. May 9

Harlow’s

Thanks to a couple of sessions on Capital Public Radio, some local music awards and a jubilantly building buzz, soon only a few will never have heard of Joe Kye (a.k.a. Joseph in the Well). Fans of classically tinged vocalists such as Andrew Bird and Sufjan Stevens should note Kye’s silky pop-varnished vocals, creative violin loops and layers of exuberant indie pop draped across a luscious symphonic landscape. Kye celebrates the release of his debut self-titled album. With Rasar. Doors 6 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $10-$12. www.harlows.com.

Local H

Alternative rock

7 p.m. May 13

The Boardwalk

Firey duo Local H has been trotting along the post-Nirvana alternative rock landscape since the middle ’90s, a twist on the Foo Fighters or Stone Temple Pilots. Vocalist/guitarist Scott Lucas is now paired with Ryan Harding, the group’s third drummer. Their newest sinewy and sardonic record, “Hey, Killer,” spars with the best offerings in a 20-year slugfest of a catalog. With Battleme. 9426 Greenback Lane, Orangevale. $12.50. www.theboardwalkpresents.com.

Looking ahead: Mason Jennings. June 13 at Harlow’s

Somewhere between the beach pop of Jack Johnson and the gutter grind of Jeff Tweedy lies Mason Jennings, an inexplicably underrated fixture of ’00s pop rock and folk. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $25. www.harlows.com.

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