Josh Budro Band
9 p.m. Friday
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By the time you read this, the hangover from New Year’s Eve has hopefully subsided. You’ll want it to be totally gone before taking in NorCal’s Josh Budro Band. This is pure beer-guzzling country rock, folks, the kind that makes you want to drink it by punching a hole in the bottom of the can and pounding it. That’s called shotgunning – ideal for a band that models itself after outlaw country with rapid-fire guitars, while slipping in some honky-tonk and gently peeking around the corner at rebel bluesmen of days gone by. 1630 J St., Sacramento. No cover. www.goldfieldtradingpost.com.
Sage the Gemini
7 p.m. Saturday
Ace of Spades
Ironic for a song title that implies high-octane speeds, Sage the Gemini’s 2013 Billboard-charting single “Gas Pedal” is more like a slow cruise down a light-drenched urban drag on a Saturday night, as you barely tap the accelerator while not caring when you get there because the party will wait for you. Hailing from Fairfield, Sage approaches hip-hop with a suave demeanor and trunkloads of cool, backed by absurdly catchy beats and hooks in the vein of West Coast hip-hop legends such as E-40. Veteran Oakland emcee Keak Da Sneak opens. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $30. www.aceofspadessac.com.
Drop Dead Red
10 p.m. Friday
There’s nothing like a good Facebook cliffhanger: Drop Dead Red apparently has a “huge” announcement to make during Friday night’s show. We’re guessing they haven’t found Jimmy Hoffa or caught a glimpse of Edward Snowden, so this likely has something to do with their nearly completed sophomore album “InsideFires,” for which they just wrapped a successful Kickstarter campaign to finish the production. Whatever the announcement, it comes during an evening with the band’s smoky barroom blues rock and Carly DuHain’s blistering and captivating vocals. That’s a win-win. With Tell the Wolves and Madison Ave. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $8. www.harlows.com.
Looking ahead: Jeff Bridges & the Abiders, Jan. 22 at the Crest Theatre
Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges seems to have equal talent when it comes to music – but that’s just, like, your opinion, man. 1013 K St., Sacramento. $45-$125. www.crestsacramento.com.
Editor’s note: This copy was changed at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 to delete a photo of another band named Drop Dead Red.