9 p.m. Friday June 12
Fox & Goose
As the tides of Sacramento’s local music scene drift in and out, Nice Monster has stayed afloat for a baker’s dozen years, with a buoyant breed of narcotic indie rock spackled with the kind of alt-country riffs that would make even Jeff Tweedy of Wilco crack a grin. The creative duo of Jason Roberts and Matthew Gerken release their newest EP, “The Great, Long Rest,” along with Odame Sucks and Devin Farren. 1001 R St., Sacramento. $5. www.foxandgoose.com.
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Noise rock/alternative punk
10 p.m. Saturday June 13
Vocalist Yako and guitarist Agata – a.k.a. Japanese noise rock act Melt-Banana – didn’t forge their considerable underground popularity by following trends. They did it by going all-in on an experimental brand of grinding, occasionally abrasive and deceptively structured brand of punk rock that makes even acts like the Mars Volta seem a little too common. With Hot Nerds and xTomHanx. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $15. www.harlows.com.
7 p.m. Tuesday June 16
This L.A. garage rock outfit offers its stylized take on surf rock, the genre that forever changed the landscape of California rock ’n’ roll. Not every Allah-Las tune evokes a sunny warm beach – many of them are best played atop a desolate rocky cliff along on a fogged-in coast, or the corner of a dark coastal pub, skin still red from a salty breeze. 325 Spring St., Nevada City. $15-$20. www.minersfoundry.org.
Looking ahead: Cracker. July 7 at Palms Playhouse
After a breakout single in the mid-’90s with “Low,” Cracker has lingered in the ranks of Americana rock’s finest for more than 20 years. 13 Main St., Winters. $20. www.palmsplayhouse.com.