Jay Farrar Duo
9 p.m. Fri. May 18
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From his much-ballyhooed and acrimonious split from Uncle Tupelo (co-helmed by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy) two decades ago to his subsequent founding of the seminal Son Volt, Jay Farrar remains enthroned in the royal court of the modern Americana movement. Heavy is indeed the head that wears the crown - but such a burden makes for some indelibly edgy and tantalizing songwriting, no? This show finds Farrar performing as a duo alongside Gary Hunt. Johnny Irion opens. Doors 8 p.m. $22 adv/$25 door. www.harlows.com.
7:30 p.m. Wed. May 23
Goldfield Trading Post
Life in Los Angeles seems to have served its purpose for upstart indie rockers Wilderado, as the group packs up its boom-boom-thack drums and PCH-cruising guitar hooks and heads inland to Tulsa (hometown of two of its members). They’re going home having seeped up a varnished psych-pop sensibility (looking your way, Band of Horses fans) from the concrete jungles of the City of Angels - one which should be greeted in earnest in the Sooner State as the group preps the release of the lavishly produced EP “Favors,” out next Friday. $10. www.goldfieldtradingpost.com.
7 p.m. Sat. May 19 Gold Trail Grange (Coloma)
9 p.m. Thurs. May 24 at Torch Club
12:15 p.m. Fri. May 25 at Strawberry Music Festival
A swing through the Sacramento region to hawk some plush organic funk and mountain air jam rock has apparently become an annual tradition for Dangermuffin, still touring behind the soulfully charged 2017 release “Heritage.” They’ve become regulars by the river in Coloma, and will hold court at Torch Club before heading up to Grass Valley for a delicious Friday Strawberry lineup that also features Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore and the red-hot Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. www.dangermuffinmusic.com.
Looking ahead: High Sierra Music Festival. July 5-8 at Plumas County Fairgrounds (Quincy)
Can we go ahead and say that the secret is out about this gem of a festival? Sturgill Simpson, Grace Potter, Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Lettuce top your bill, with locals City of Trees Brass Band also snagging a slot. www.highsierramusic.com.