Music News & Reviews

Three to See: Live music in Sacramento

Diarrhea Planet plays at the Press Club on Tuesday night.
Diarrhea Planet plays at the Press Club on Tuesday night.

Sons of Champlin


8 p.m. May 23

Harris Center

An all-star list of the most-fabled psychedelic jam rockers of the 1960s may or may not include the seemingly bulletproof Sons of Champlin, but the Marin County group probably likely shared a stage with others on that list at some point – from the Dead to Moby Grape. With Bill Champlin’s long stint with Chicago and several hiatuses of the Sons behind him, his namesake band has continued touring in the 21st century with several original members and his wife, Tamara, in tow. With Lydia Pense and Cold Blood. 10 College Parkway, Folsom. $30-$55.

Diarrhea Planet


8 p.m.May 26

Press Club

It is beyond gutsy to name your band Diarrhea Planet. It’s equally gutsy to have a ripping four-guitar attack, each of them beefed up and twisted together into a snarling Voltron-like beast of let-it-all-out party punk. This six-piece Nashville rock outfit has had a solid run of touring and festival appearances. It’s a surprise to see this midweek appearance on their packed calendar, but we’ll certainly take it! Left & Right, the Croissants and Sun Valley Gun Club open. 2030 P St., Sacramento. $10.

Caitlin Canty w/Eilen Jewell


8 p.m. May 28

Palms Playhouse

Two of the tracks on Caitlin Canty’s album “Reckless Skyline” bear the names “Southern Man” and “Unknown Legend.” One is indeed a Neil Young cover, the other is not. The Vermont native is a rising star in the Americana world with a collection of sassy-yet-inescapably-sweet tunes, some devilishly spiced by bluesy electric riffs and others bearing faint threads of Kate Wolf. Canty opens for fellow songstress Eilen Jewell. 13 Main St., Winters. $20.

Looking ahead: Allen Stone. June 25 at Miner’s Foundry

A notoriously fireballing performer, the affable Allen Stone has rapidly become a cult hero of classic funk and soul-rock revival. 325 Spring St., Nevada City. $$22-$25.