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Three to see: Francis, Davenport and OK Go

Robert Francis & the Night Tide


7 p.m. Friday


You know those songs that pop on Pandora or iPod shuffle while you’re cleaning house or tending to the stove and literally slap you into paying attention and wondering, “Whoa, what is this?” L.A.-bred singer Robert Francis has a few of those in his catalog – a young but rapidly evolving collection rife with melodically supple indie rock tunes that range from deliberately sparse “guy and guitar” tunes to whimsical and worldly explorations of wanderlust rock ’n’ roll. The Night Tide is his new band, lending their chops to the tunes on his newest record, “Heaven.” Doors 6 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $12.

Bart Davenport


8 p.m. Saturday

Witch Room

In the lexicon of indie folk rock superheroes, Bart Davenport is your Underdog. He’s no Superman or Batman, and you won’t find him on the front of every kid’s lunch box. But that doesn’t seem to bother him, as there’s a song on his shiny new record “Physical World” that speaks to his thoughts on such popularity. He’s a cult fixture of a crooner (both as a solo artist and lead man of Honeycut), soaring through decades of pop history with his band, melding quirky guitar hooks with slightly offbeat yet wholly accessible lyrical fearlessness. With Extra Classic and the Love Defenders. 1815 19th St., Sacramento. $5.



7 p.m. Tuesday


Did OK Go singlehandedly save music videos? In the despairing middle-’00s when videos were long gone from MTV and YouTube had yet to take its foothold, the quirky Chicago rock band went viral in 2006 with the low-budget treadmill twisting tromp of “Here It Goes Again.” Its new one-shot wonderland of a vid is “The Writing’s On The Wall,” off the group’s forthcoming release “Hungry Ghosts.” The new tune is a fresh, tidy arrangement for a band flashing signs of maturity and poise amid renowned playfulness. 1000 K St., Sacramento. $17.50.

Looking ahead: Built To Spill. Aug. 14 at Harlow’s

These heroes of guitar-driven and lyrically forceful indie rock stop off at Harlow’s for the second time in 16 months. If this becomes a pattern, we shall not complain. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $25.