G. Love & Special Sauce
7 p.m. Friday
Ace of Spades
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Garrett “G. Love” Dutton took to his newsletter last week to inform fans he’s made “leaps and bounds in technique and expression,” working with a vocal coach for the first time – pretty admirable for a guy who’s been in (and on top of) the game for 20 years. With G. taking his voice in new directions, his latest album “Sugar” takes the Special Sauce group back to its roots, of funky curbside acoustic and electric blues roasted over open flames of underground hip-hop, seasoned with a bit of country. Similarly funky folk rock crooner Matt Costa opens at Ace of Spades, which just got rated as the seventh-best music venue in California by Pollstar. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $25. www.aceofspadessac.com.
Be Brave Bold Robot
9 p.m. Friday
The Fox and Goose
There are precious few Sacramento bands still playing shows that were around when I moved to midtown 10 or so years ago. Be Brave Bold Robot is one of them. They can tell you which buildings on the Grid were dirt lots not long ago, because they probably used to loiter there with whatever instruments they could find, clobber 12-packs of Old Milwaukee and howl at the moon – or at people walking by. Many of those howls became songs on their new record, “Press E to Continue.” Some stayed carefree late-night acoustic croons; some made it to the soundboards and got very deliciously weird. CFR also performs at this album-release show. 1001 R St., Sacramento. $5. www.foxandgoose.com.
The New Mastersounds
8 p.m. Wednesday
One would be hard-pressed to find a band in any corner of the world that cobbles together the family tree of funk like Britain’s New Mastersounds. The jazz roots are amply covered, the acidity is enough to loosen your teeth, and the soul is smoky and just highbrow enough to set them apart as air-tight pros. The guitar lines are buoyant, the bass lines bubbly, the drums frisky and the keys radiant – exactly the stuff Harlow’s was built for. Doors 7 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $20. www.harlows.com.
Looking ahead: William Fitzsimmons. Feb. 12 at Harlow’s
Apparently he also covers Katy Perry? Well, it makes sense that this husky-voiced folkman has “kissed a girl”; it must be the beard. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $20. www.harlows.com.