Some Kind of Earth Day Festival
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 23
General Gomez Arts and Event Center
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This community gathering is morphing into annual exposure for Auburn’s burgeoning underground hip-hop scene. Multiple artists including J. Ross Parrelli, Frank Lopes, Free Flow Academy, Andrew Tuller, At Ease and others perform throughout the day. 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn. Free. www.visitauburnca.com; www.facebook.com
2 p.m. Sunday, April 24
It may no longer be the scene it was in the early ’00s, but this dozen-band barnstormer (and $3 pints of Olympia) should serve as a gentle reminder of the mischievous glory that is Sacramento’s alt-country movement. Nickel Slots, Golden Cadillacs, Peter Petty, 50-Watt Heavy, Merle Jagger, Grub Dog & the Amazing Sweethearts and several others fill up a huge bill. 904 15th St., Sacramento. $12. www.torchclub.net
Honyock & Mondo Deco split EP release
8 p.m. Friday, April 22
Remember the days when guts of discarded cassette tapes cluttered the side of the highway? “Supercassette H/MD,” a split EP, cheekily recorded “old school” on a 1985 cassette deck, features four deliciously raw, sparingly produced tracks by two Sacramento staples: Honyock and Mondo Deco. With Failure Machine. 1901 10th St., Sacramento. $7. www.theoldironsides.com.
Looking ahead: Insane Clown Posse, Monday, May 30, at Ace of Spades
Tickets are still available for this visit from (arguably) rap music’s most deviant and notorious duo. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $22 advance, $25 door. www.aceofspadessac.com.