Music News & Reviews

Three to See: Hip-hop, a garage band and straight-ahead rock

Sustainability Awareness Festival 2014

Hip-hop/ rock

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday

Auburn School Park Reserve

The name of the event speaks to the information on sustainability and community-building that will be available from speakers and demos throughout the day – but insofar as the music is concerned, this Saturday is all about hip-hop. A bevy of local talent provides the soundtrack for this event, hosted by Auburn Hip Hop Congress, with many family-oriented acts designed around youth empowerment, such as Gorilla Storytime (a “for the kids” version of ZFG’s Guerrilla Storytime Flash Mobs) and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. Tribe of Levi, SC Cypher Sessions, J Ross Parrelli and several other acts are on deck, including some acoustic folk and rock. 55 College Way, Auburn. $5 suggested donation. Find the festival by name on Facebook.


Garage/ indie rock

8 p.m. Monday

Marilyn’s on K

According to Facebook, Vancouver, B.C., rock outfit JPNSGRLS (pronounced “Japanese Girls,” vowels are apparently overrated) played its first show on U.S. soil Saturday in Bend, Ore. One can’t ignore the band’s pulsating garage rock debut “Circulation.” It has the feel of the fellas from the Mars Volta/ At The Drive-In camp slugging beers and whiskey in the garage and making a pact not to overthink it, instead going full bore on the amps to craft up a club-crunching rock record with shades of Hot Hot Heat that sets the stage for big things to come. JPNSGRLS plays the middle slot between Travis Jean and R.E.C. (Risk Everything Crew). 908 K St., Sacramento.

Nine Inch Nails w/ Soundgarden


7 p.m. Wednesday

Sleep Train Ampitheatre

Word is that this will be the last tour for the legendary NIN for an extended period. Word also is that Trent Reznor, on the doorstep of 50, and his band are absolutely dumping sweat and blood onto the stages before they head off for a break, running deep into their catalog of dense industrial rock-driven sonic meanderings. Flanking NIN is the similarly legendary Soundgarden, with rock god vocalist Chris Cornell & Co. forging the other half of a simply-can’t-miss lineup. If you can’t wait for or make the Sleep Train gig, they’re at Shoreline Ampitheatre in Mountain View on Sunday. 2677 Forty Mile Road, Wheatland. $25-$113.25.

Looking ahead: Aftershock Festival. Sept. 13-14 at Discovery Park

It becomes a bigger hard-rock affair every year, and there’s no denying the firepower of headliners such as Weezer, Godsmack, Rob Zombie, Bad Religion, Chevelle and tons more. 1600 Garden Hwy. $109.50 ($64.50 single day).