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Three to See: Psych rock architects White Denim top this week’s concert calendar

White Denim’s second album in a year’s time, “Side Effects” feels like a bit of freewheeling playtime for a group of funky psych rock architects that has been cranking out an onslaught of recordings since 2007.
White Denim’s second album in a year’s time, “Side Effects” feels like a bit of freewheeling playtime for a group of funky psych rock architects that has been cranking out an onslaught of recordings since 2007.

White Denim

Psychedelic/rock/indie

8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24

Harlow’s

White Denim’s second album in a year’s time, “Side Effects” feels like a bit of freewheeling playtime for a group of funky psych rock architects that has been cranking out an onslaught of recordings since 2007. Anchored by the affable sincerity of wild-eyed frontman James Petralli and the bass wizardry of Steve Terebecki, bulky progressive rock, rambling garage jazz and sinewy blues all come and go as they please from their temple of primeval rock and roll. (Full disclosure: White Denim is etched in stone atop this reporter’s list of favorite live acts). Once and Future Band opens up. Doors 7 p.m. $20 adv./$23 door. www.harlows.com.

Soccer Mommy

Indie/pop

7 p.m. Friday, April 19

Harlow’s

“Clean,” the 2018 “official” studio debut from Sophie Allison (a.k.a. Soccer Mommy) flashes a surprising maturity, considering Allison is only 20 years old and not far removed from the self-made demo phase. It sports a few moments that will surprise you with sporadic spikes of angst, but overall maintains a mellow resting heart rate on its explorative journey of hazy, lo-fi bedroom pop. This year looks to be a big one for Soccer Mommy after turning some heads on the festival circuit last year. With Boy Scouts. Doors 6:30 p.m. $15 adv./$18 door. www.harlows.com

Lil Smokies

Bluegrass/folk/blues

6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20

Goldfield

It’s easy for bluegrass covers of popular songs to come off as far too cheeky – anyone who took to Napster to download the Gourds’ version (mistakenly labeled as Phish) of Snoop Dogg’s “Gin & Juice” knows what I’m talking about (and also now knows how old I am). Upstart bluegrass act Lil Smokies manages to dutifully avoid that trap on their recent crooning renditions of Led Zeppelin’s “Going to California,” the Beatles’ “Paperback Writer,” Elton John’s “Rocket Man” and the standard “Kansas City.” All four are a pleasantly welcome complement to the group’s bluesy wind-blown harmonies and all-come front porch appeal. With Michigan Rattlers. $15 adv./ $18 door. www.goldfieldtradingpost.com.

Looking ahead: Cattle Club 30th Anniversary Show. May 11 at Harlow’s

Thirty years to the day of the first-ever show at Sacramento’s legendary Cattle Club, alumni such as 58 Fury, FMK, Ian Faith, Kepi Ghoulie, Phallucy and more will gather at Harlow’s in remembrance of the good ol’ days (you’ll also be able to buy some throwback show posters). $20. www.harlows.com.

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