Music News & Reviews

Three to See: A benefit and more

Motopony performs July 2 at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen.
Motopony performs July 2 at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen.

‘I Wear Skinny Jeans’ benefit


10 p.m. June 27

Pour House

Local musicians Blake Abbey (Musical Charis), Alex Lyman and Wes Richmond (both of Slaves) were the victims of a knife attack in midtown Sunday night in which the assailants are said to have used homosexual slurs targeted at the three because of their “skinny jeans.” All three suffered significant injuries. To aid with their medical costs, the local music scene has responded swiftly with a “I Wear Skinny Jeans” benefit show. James Cavern and Carly DuHain host. If you’re attending, you’re asked to wear skinny jeans. 1910 Q St., Sacramento.

Shovels and Rope


7 p.m. July 2

Ace of Spades

Sass-studded spouses Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst typically tour as a drum-kicking, wild-eyed harmonizing duo under the name Shovels and Rope. The couple is expecting their first child in September. If you think the baby bump will stop either one of them from slamming out a snarky and stanky jammer or a sweet lullaby of a ballad as they close their year of touring, think again. Feisty Americana rock act Black Lillies opens. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $20.


Indie rock/pop

9 p.m. July 2

Sophia’s Thai Kitchen

On its Facebook page, Seattle indie rock upstart Motopony professes to a “love-hate relationship” with titan acts like the Beatles, Floyd, Zeppelin and the Stones. They celebrate release this week of their breakout “Welcome You,” with its indie pop rock licks, a wall of psychedelic romp and creative innovation. With Tristen and Big Harp. 129 E St., Davis. $10.

Looking ahead: John Mellencamp, July 26 at Community Center Theater

There’s talk that the walls may come tumblin’ down at the Community Center Theater at some point in the future. Don’t you want to say you saw the legendary John Mellencamp there before they do? 1301 L St., Sacramento. $42.50-$128.50.