5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10
Ace of Spades
Mayday Parade’s fifth offering, “Black Lines,” released in October, finds this group of Florida fireballers flashing a polished finesse behind its usual onslaught of hooky guitar-powered pop rock. The Jimmy Eat World-influenced emo licks remain, with a few subtle nods to some of the most ubiquitous alt-rock of the ’90s. With Real Friends, This Wild Life and As It Is. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $24. www.aceofspadessac.com.
Pimps of Joytime
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Harlow’s
8 p.m. Thursday, Nov 12, at Center for the Arts
If you’ve got the stamina to hit both of these shows back-to-back, our hats are off to you, brave warrior. This Brooklyn act isn’t quite sure if it’s an electronic act or a funk rock troupe, but deciding that is the writer’s job – theirs is melting your face, and they’re good at their work. Bay Area soul funksters Con Brio open both shows. Harlow’s, 2708 J St, Sacramento, $15-$18; www.harlows.com. Center for the Arts, 314 W Main St., Grass Valley, $20-$24, www.thecenterforthearts.org.
Richard Thompson Trio
7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8
As a songwriter, guitarist, composer and performer, Richard Thompson is the stuff of legend. After 50 years in the biz, he showed he has retained it all with the June release of his newest record, “Still,” with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy behind the boards. Thompson plays a short acoustic set to open the show and follows with a full-on set from the trio. Doors 6:30 p.m. 1013 K St., Sacramento. $35-$55. www.crestsacramento.com.
Looking ahead: Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Dec. 2 at Sleep Train Arena
With Golden One Center opening next year, could this be the last year TSO plays Sleep Train? Regardless, the group’s holiday rock extravaganzas have become a modern laser-lit tradition. 1 Sports Pkwy, Sacramento. $37.50-$73. www.sleeptrainarena.com.