Music News & Reviews

Three to see: !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Hold Steady, Ida Divine

!!! (Chk Chk Chk)


5 p.m. Friday

Cesar Chavez Plaza

Just like that, the World Cup is over, and there are only two editions of Concerts in the Park left this season. Oh, summer of 2014, where have you gone? Good news is, these last two weeks at in the park might be the biggest of the year. The series closes out with the Brodys. But first, homecoming shows of the Sacramento-bred !!! (Chk Chk Chk) are always sweat-pouring humdingers, especially as the group tours behind its magnum opus, 2013’s electro funk-packed “Th!!!er,” and its members’ notorious showmanship that can make Cesar Chavez Plaza feel like the Press Club. Saint Solitaire and Sea Legs join the bill, with Shaun Slaughter on the DJ stage. 10th and J streets, Sacramento. Free.

The Hold Steady

Alternative/indie rock

8 p.m. Wednesday


Anyone familiar with Hold Steady will realize just how significant it is that on Sept. 19, the band is slated to open for the newly reassembled Replacements in New York. Hold Steady’s double-guitar deluge of sound is brimming with the influence of their Minnesota brethren. Led by effervescent frontman Craig Finn, Hold Steady has been through a few lineup changes, but is now, yes, holding steady with guitarist Steve Selvidge (formerly of Lucero) and the team that yielded this year’s “Teeth Dreams,” perhaps the group’s strongest and most walloping rock album to date. With Cheap Girls. Doors open 7 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $25.

Ida Divine

Hip hop/R&B/soul

8 p.m. Saturday

The Brickhouse Gallery

The comparisons of Ida Divine to Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu are as accurate as they are well-deserved. Hailing from New York, she is a throwback to the roots of hip-hop. She rhymes with a fierce devotion to the genre’s lineage of R&B and soul and has the spitfire edge and unbridled approach of hip-hop’s most razor-tongued vocalists. The events and exhibits at Brickhouse art complex make it an emerging center in Oak Park’s renaissance – one that figures to grow as there are more live music events like this one. 2837 36th St., Sacramento. $10.

Looking ahead: Future Islands. Aug. 18 at Harlow’s

Current torchbearers of the post-punk revival movement, this group won’t be playing small venues much longer – its popularity is full-steam ahead. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $15.