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Three to See: Skating Polly is ready to make some noise at Holy Diver concert

Skating Polly’s new record dutifully conveys the honed maturity as songwriters amid the wanton flails of pure rock and roll exuberance.
Skating Polly’s new record dutifully conveys the honed maturity as songwriters amid the wanton flails of pure rock and roll exuberance.

Hop Along with Summer Cannibals

Indie/pop/rock

6:30 p.m. Friday, April 12

Harlow’s

Philadelphia indie rock act Hop Along’s “Bark Your Head Off, Dog” feels like the kind of album that achieves its exact intent: a necessary release of pent-up creative force. The band hurls buckets of emotional angst and quivering wanderlust into the air and allows it to bloom into a plush promenade of frisky, mesmerizing pop. Frances Quinlan will conjure up mild nods to Regina Spektor and fizzes with the bottled intensity of Florence Welch, while her equally radiant band entwines her lyrical prowess with comet tails of toothsome indie rock hooks. Scorching Portland rock act Summer Cannibals opens. Doors 6 p.m., all ages. $17 adv./ $20 door. www.harlows.com.

Jayme Stone’s Folklife

Folk/roots

8 p.m. Saturday, April 13

Palms Playhouse (Winters)

Even as what would be (often loosely) considered a roots music revival continues to whack-a-mole itself in and out of the popular music landscape, Jayme Stone still holds the keys to preserving the history and future of American folk and roots music. Stone exudes precision and deliberateness as an anointed curator of folk history (he’s performed at the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers and Library of Congress), but there’s a wildness and inner glow to Folklife performances that brings bygone eras buoyantly to life. $23. www.palmsplayhouse.com.

Skating Polly with Las Pulgas

Alternative/rock/punk

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17

Holy Diver

Rare is the record that legitimately sounds like it was recorded at a small club show as opposed to in a studio (and for that to actually be considered a good thing), but Skating Polly’s “The Make It All Show” sports all the necessary sweat, amp reverb and wafts of cheap booze to check that box. Forged by the trio of Peyton Bighorse and siblings Kelli and Kurtis Mayo (who have collaborated with groups such as X, Veruca Salt and others), the record dutifully conveys the honed maturity as songwriters amid the wanton flails of pure rock and roll exuberance. Standout local punk act Las Pulgas is first on the bill, with Jo Passed second up. $12. www.holydiversac.com.

Looking ahead: Hieroglyphics. May 20 at Harlow’s

The legendary Oakland hip-hop troupe hits the road on the anniversary tour for “Third Eye Vision,” released two decades ago, with Rap Noir, Stoney Hawk and the Grandmasters also performing. $25. www.harlows.com.

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