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Three to See: Live music in Sacramento

Rapper Andre Nickatina is due at the Boardwalk.
Rapper Andre Nickatina is due at the Boardwalk.

Andre Nickatina


8 p.m. Saturday, May 16

The Boardwalk

One thing you could never accuse Andre Nickatina of is a lack of pride in his native San Francisco. A photo of the skyline graces the slick emcee’s Web page, and his glossy urban rhymes are loaded with nods and name drops to the City by the Bay. His rhymes traverse the streets of his hometown and span the hours of their urban vibe. Nickatina teams up with Anonymous That Dude, Dayounte, Bang Out and Mondi. 9426 Greenback Lane, Orangevale. $22.

Kithkin w/ the Kelps


6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16


Members of Seattle’s Kithkin describes themselves as “treepunks” and their most recent album, “Rituals, Trances & Ecstasies for Humans in Face of The Collapse,” as “questing, thrashing, and confronting the end of things.” Essentially, it’s the percussion-heavy, scathingly inventive soundtrack for an Orwellian apocalypse that hits hundreds of miles away from any major city. Bring your thinking cap and maybe a valium for Kithkin, stay for veteran local rockers the Kelps, celebrating the release of a new EP, “For Neuroses.” Doors 6 p.m., 2708 J St., Sacramento. $8.

The Expanders


9 p.m. Wednesday, May 20

Blue Lamp

Don’t expect veteran Southern California reggae troupe the Expanders to be knocking down any walls with their forthcoming “Hustling Culture,” due June 16. Breaking barriers isn’t their mission in life, nor do they approach anything with that kind of urgency. Their brand of laid-back reggae harkens to the Jamaican groove jockeys of the ’70s, too heavily seduced by the allure of a good atmospheric dub groove to care about reinventing the wheel. They’re joined by a crop of locals in Sac Storytellers, reggae rockers Riotmaker and the aptly-named One Leg Chuck. 1400 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento.

Looking ahead: Folsom Rhythm & Brews. June 20 at Palladio

Bay Area blues-scorching throwback rock revivalists the Stone Foxes, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Chris Gardner Band, Shane Dwight and others along with 35 breweries? Yes, please! Admission is free, beer is not.