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Three to see: Live music in Sacramento

David Bazan, aka Pedro the Lion
David Bazan, aka Pedro the Lion Courtest of the artist

‘Albie Yachtin’’ Yacht Rock Showcase/Benefit


3 p.m. Sat. May 12

Torch Club

Local champions of breast cancer awareness, Albie Aware, Inc., has come up with some objectively fantastic benefit events over the years (I still miss the mini golf pub crawl), but this one is a schooner of awesomeness. “Albie Yachin’” has Peter Petty, Milk Farm, the Inlaws, Bad Self and more on board to cover some AM gold hits by Michael McDonald, Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers - and no word on if there’s a requirement to drink every time someone plays Christopher Cross (pace your imbibing if so). $20.

Pedro the Lion


9 p.m. Fri. May 11


The Lazarus-like reemergence of Pedro the Lion came as a bit of a surprise last year, considering that David Bazan hadn’t used the monniker in more than a decade - but there can be no suggestion that Bazan has run out of things to say. Quite the opposite really, as he has toured consistently as a solo act and with various side projects during that time, but the whirling angst and often gut-wrenching introspection that comes with man a Pedro the Lion tune simply doesn’t allow the catalog to lie dormant. With David Dondero. Doors 8 p.m. $20 adv./$25 door.

Horse Feathers


8 p.m. Tues. May 15


Justin Ringle really has nothing to prove to anyone - leading Horse Feathers, his plush indie pop/folk catalog recorded over a dozen years is more than enough to earn him a seat at the grown-ups table. But we’re more than happy he’s not settling; the newly-released “Appreciation,” HF’s sixth and arguably most accessible record, pulls in some airy soul and free-wheeling Americana as it saunters down a sideroad not yet trodden by this venerable outfit. This apparently equine-themed show has whispy folk outfit Dead Horses opening. Doors 7 p.m. $15 adv./ $17 door.

Looking ahead: Owlfest VII. June 22-24 at Toney’s Mountain Golf

MAU, Hannah Jane Kile, Instagon, Salt Wizard, Campfire Crooners, the Verge and more local acts form the lineup for this hidden gem of a weekend festival - and we’re hearing talk of a Tom Petty tribute!