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Three to see: Live music around Sacramento

Cage the Elephant is booked to play Sleep Train Arena on Saturday, March 12.
Cage the Elephant is booked to play Sleep Train Arena on Saturday, March 12. Photo Credit is Danny Clinch

Hippie Sabotage


7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27

Ace of Spades

It doesn’t sound like Sacramento-bred enigmatic beat peddlers Hippie Sabotage are actually out to sabotage anything with their colorful, frisky and syrupy beats. The duo has amassed a following in the electronica/hip-hop production scene, thanks in part to “Stay High,” their remix of Tove Lo’s hit “Habits.” With Alex Wiley and Kembe X. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $15.

Noam Pikelny


8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26

Center for the Arts

Ask anyone present or past who knows a thing or two about the banjo (such as, say, Steve Martin or Earl Scruggs) to make a short list of the world’s best pickers, and Noam Pikelny is going to be right around the top. Typically manning the banjo for Punch Brothers, Pikelny is out on his “One Man, One Banjo, One Joke” solo tour in preparation for new solo material later this year. 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. $30.

Dead Kennedys


7 p.m. Thursday, March 3

Ace of Spades

The Dead Kennedys has been and still is one of the most viscerally haunting and satirically poignant acts in punk rock history – even without wild-eyed frontman Jello Biafra. With Reagan Youth, Screaming Bloody Marys and local staples Secretions. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $22.

Looking ahead: Cage the Elephant, Saturday, March 12, at Sleep Train Arena

Sleep Train Arena is soon to become an afterthought, but this juggernaut rock show with Cage the Elephant, Silversun Pickups, Foals and Bear Hands is a dandy for the ol’ gal. 1 Sports Parkway, Sacramento. $29.50-$39.50.