Music News & Reviews

Three to see: Intronaut visits Sacramento during 10-year anniversary tour

Foster the People performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival last month in Austin, Texas.
Foster the People performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival last month in Austin, Texas. The Associated Press


Metal/progressive rock

8 p.m. Friday

Starlite Lounge

To listen to Intronaut — a vortex of voluminous, progressive riffs and dizzy sonic architecture — it’s easy to start thinking about the places that its Los Angeles brethren Incubus could have gone. But where Incubus ditched the funk and chased the sunny stages and popular stardom, these guys cower in the shadows and go for the back alleys and the thinking-man’s metal, mostly with a restrictor plate on the all-out thrash but no cap on inventiveness. There are shades of Mastodon, and even slight nods to progressive jam rockers Umphrey’s McGee. They’re in town on a celebratory 10th anniversary tour, with Anciients, Hearses and locals (WANING). 1517 21st St., Sacramento. $12.

Foster the People


7 p.m. Monday

Memorial Auditorium

You can go back to the 2012 installment of Neil Young’s annual all-acoustic Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View for evidence that Foster the People is actually not a one-trick pop pony, a label band members might well have been saddled with after their 2011 megahit “Pumped Up Kicks.” Mark Foster joked to the concert crowd that he wasn’t sure his band rightfully belonged there, given it was an electronic act playing acoustic for the first time. But the group’s inventive, stylistic and honest set stands as one of the most memorable of Bridge School’s 28-year history. Released earlier this year, the band’s sophomore album, “Supermodel,” further supports the notion that Foster the People is more than a one-hit wonder. 1515 J St., Sacramento. With Sylvan Esso and Soko. $39.50.

“Brovember” with the Nickel Slots

Americana rock/alt-country

5 p.m. Thursday

Crocker Art Museum

If you’re not yet familiar with the Nickel Slots, the rowdy, saloon-rock act fronted by Tony Brusca (a.k.a. Tony Brody of the Brodys), there won’t be many better chances to remedy that than this Thursday. Their festive current of electric and eclectic country rock sets the soundtrack for “BroVember,” this month’s installment of the Crocker’s wildly popular Second Thursday Art Mix series. The event is billed as a “bro-asis” for men’s fashion and style, with tips on duds from the Denim Spot and tips on hair from the throwback Anthony’s Barbershop – but don’t worry, ladies are all welcome too. 216 O St., Sacramento. $10.

Looking ahead: Sturgill Simpson, Nov. 23 at Harlow’s

It has been reported that Giants pitcher Jake Peavy hijacked the clubhouse stereo and was blaring Sturgill Simpson tunes during the team’s World Series celebration. Don’t be surprised if Simpson becomes a dynasty himself in the country music world. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $15-$18.