Music News & Reviews

Take your pre-internet brain to see Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman will play at Harlow’s tonight.
Jonathan Richman will play at Harlow’s tonight.

Jonathan Richman


6:30 p.m. Friday, July 29


According to his touring agency, “Jonathan Richman does not participate in the internet on any level.” No big surprise there. A set from this whimsical musical personality (founder of proto-punk act Modern Lovers and the troubadour from 1998’s “There’s Something About Mary”) and his longtime drumming sidekick Tommy Larkin is best enjoyed with a beer in hand, not an iPhone. Doors 6 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $15 advance. $18 door.

Lee Bob & the Truth


9 p.m. Saturday, July 30

Shady Lady

“The Light,” a simply superb 2016 release from Lee Bob Watson (formerly of Jackpot) and his band the Truth, is a thinker of a rock album, displaying elements of Pink Floyd, the (early) Black Keys, George Thorogood and Gram Parsons. NPR music called Lee Bob “a country gentleman with indie-rock flavor.” We concur. 1409 R St., Sacramento. Free.

Smooth Hound Smith


7 p.m. Saturday, July 30

Feist Winery

Pretty darn cool for grungy-sweet blues/folk duo Smooth Hound Smith to land an opening gig on the Dixie Chicks current tour – even cooler for them to sneak in time between those gigs for some wine and stomping in the foothills. Fans of Shovels & Rope and the defunct Civil Wars will delight at their jangly, occasionally grimey and funky wiles. 15 Eureka St., Sutter Creek. $15.

Looking ahead: Sac Stay Home Fest. Aug. 13 at the Red Museum

The Red Museum is a new(ish) music venue in Sacramento. This is a perfect time to check it out, with bands playing all day on two stages at this hyper-local rock blowout. 212 15th St., Sacramento. Free.