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Three to See: Prog-rock goes rooftop in Sacramento

Ben Jaffe and Suzanne Santo constitute Honeyhoney, and bring their Americana/indie/folk music to Harlow’s on Sept. 24.
Ben Jaffe and Suzanne Santo constitute Honeyhoney, and bring their Americana/indie/folk music to Harlow’s on Sept. 24.

Roland

Hard rock/instrumental

7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18

Warehouse Artist Lofts

For all the talk about art, drink and fish at the shiny new WAL complex on R Street, there’s some music there, too. Here’s to hoping that trend continues. Roland rolls in from San Francisco, slinging a crafty and murky brand of progressive-tinged instrumental math rock. The rooftop concert includes heavy-sounding locals Buff Clout and Modern Man. 1108 R St., Sacramento. Free. www.facebook.com/events/718714068237103

Shinyribs

Country/soul/pop

7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18

Auburn Event Center

If you’re familiar with the Gourds (and you are if you’ve ever heard that bluegrass version of Snoop Dogg’s “Gin & Juice”), you know they’re all about a barn-burning good time. Ditto for this side project from Gourds singer-and-strummer Kevin Russell, whose new album “Okra Candy” smacks a soulful swampy spin onto a snappy and happy brand of country funk. Doors 6:30 p.m. 145 Elm St., Auburn. $15-$20. www.keepsmilinpromotions.com.

Honeyhoney

Americana/indie/folk

8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24

Harlow’s

The music from L.A. duo Suzanne Santo and Ben Jaffe can be soft to the touch, calming and demure – but then it mood swings, becoming that rusty blade in the junk drawer you forgot was there. Their Americana pop rock is rife with gritty gusto, falling between Shovels & Rope and Norah Jones’ sassiest escapades. With the Walcotts. Doors 7 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $15-$18. www.harlows.com.

Looking ahead: ZZ Ward. Oct. 13 at Ace of Spades

The venue size keeps getting bigger for this ever-evolving breakout star – don’t sleep on this soulful songstress. With Marc Scibilia and Black Waat3r. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $22. www.aceofspadessac.com.

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