Kai Kln with Brubaker
9 p.m. Friday
Certainly, much has changed in Sacramento these last few years, especially in midtown – but a show from Kai Kln always serves as a not-so-gentle reminder of how things used to be, when the riffs were heavier, the beer was cheaper and the booze was served straight-up. Founded in the early ’90s, this sinewy, jammy and psychedelic rock troupe is, unequivocally, local rock royalty. It’s tempting to call the more recently formed Brubaker (of which Kai Kln’s Gene Smith and Neil Franklin are members) a “new” endeavor, but to listen to those gargantuan amp-blasting ’80s hard rock riffs, it’s almost even more of a throwback. Brubaker celebrates the release of its newest self-titled CD. Doors 8 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $14. www.harlows.com.
8 p.m. Saturday
With a notoriously shiny way about them, and one of the most keen ears for jangle pop from a decade full of such sounds, Gin Blossoms have to be one of the greatest one-hit wonders of the ’90s, right? I mean, everybody owned a copy of 1992’s “New Miserable Experience,” which featured that one big hit “Hey Jealousy.” Well, I guess there was that one other song on there, “Found Out About You,” so let’s call them a two-hit wonder. And there was that “Til Hear From You” tune from the “Empire Records” soundtrack – oh yeah, and “Follow You Down.” And they’re still playing 20 years later and put out an album in 2010? Ahh, I give up. 10 College Pkwy, Folsom. $40-$55. www.harriscenter.net.
The Two Man Gentlemen Band
7 p.m. Saturday
Crooked House Concerts (Auburn)
The members of Two Man Gentlemen Band are, in fact, just as the name describes: a pair of classy, well-groomed fellas who appreciate classy ladies with a hint of pork chops on their breath and who chide Applebee’s bartenders who don’t shake up a properly stiff cocktail. Guitarist Andy Bean and upright bassist Fuller Condon have a penchant for sharp-tongued and playfuly irreverent humor that is as thick as their meticulous devotion to antiqued ’30s and ’40s string band swing and jumpy retro jazz. Pre-concert reservations are required for this one. $20. (530) 401-6381; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking ahead: Foster the People. Nov. 10 at Memorial Auditorium
With one big hit, breakout band Foster the People recorded its sophomore album earlier this year, and “Supermodel” seems to be catching on. With Sylvan Esso and Soko. 1515 J St., Sacramento. $39.50. www.sacramentoconventioncenter.com.