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Three To See: Joy Formidable bring massive indie rock sound to Harlow’s

Welsh trio the Joy Formidable, whose latest is “Hitch,” will perform Friday, July 22, at Harlow’s.
Welsh trio the Joy Formidable, whose latest is “Hitch,” will perform Friday, July 22, at Harlow’s. www.thejoyformidable.com

The Joy Formidable

Alternative/rock/indie

9 p.m. Friday, July 22

Harlow’s

“Hitch,” the Joy Formidable’s latest, feels like 10 pounds of indie power pop stuffed into a 5-pound bag. The album wrings out every available ounce of amp-cranking power, proving that this grandiose Welsh trio doesn’t mess around or do anything halfway. Doors 8 p.m. 2708 J St. $16. www.harlows.com

Julieta Venegas

Latin/pop/rock

7 p.m. Saturday, July 23

Ace of Spades

Chart-topping sensation Julieta Venegas continued the trend of making Spanish-language pop rock accessible to American audiences on 2015’s “Algo Sucede,” her seventh record. The album stands as one of her more alternative-influenced efforts to date, sporting shades of classic David Bowie pop, PJ Harvey spunk and Dire Straits shimmy. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $40. www.aceofspadessac.com

The James Hunter Six

Blues/R&B/soul

7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27

Harlow’s

Over the past decade, the United Kingdom’s James Hunter has become a preeminent ambassador of old-school R&B, blues and soul. As a frontman, Hunter is an affable, cool-as-a-cucumber powerhouse, with his razor-sharp band playing their roles to perfection. Doors 6 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $27.50 advance/$30 door. www.harlows.com

Looking ahead: Jackie Greene. Aug. 5 at Red Lion Woodlake

Sacramento’s favorite native son is back for a Friday night gig at the Woodlake’s cozy outdoor courtyard venue; he heads to wine country to headline the Petaluma Music Festival the following day. 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento. $30-$65. www.sblentertainment.com

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