Music News & Reviews

Three to See in Sacramento: Earthless, Citizen Cope, the Dodos

The band Earthless will play Friday at The Boardwalk, which once again is hosting live music.
The band Earthless will play Friday at The Boardwalk, which once again is hosting live music.

Earthless w/ Brubaker


8 p.m. Friday

The Boardwalk

Yes, The Boardwalk is pulling a Phoenix and rising back into the mix of local concert venues, with the booking team from Ace of Spades having recently taken the reins of the venerable Orangevale roadhouse. The re-immersion kicks off this weekend with San Diego’s Earthless, a psychedelic interstellar journey of spacey jams set on on cruise control, along with Brubaker, an amp-mangling throwback power rock act featuring members of local legends Kai Kln. The weekend continues with London Richards on Saturday, and the re-loaded calendar features upcoming slots from Alesana, A Skylit Drive and two nights of Dance Gavin Dance in April. 9426 Greenback Lane, Orangevale. $12.

Citizen Cope


8 p.m. Saturday

Center for the Arts

“Incorruptible” is a rock-’n’-roll merit badge of honor that very few can legitimately adorn – Neil Young’s badge is etched in stone, Jack Johnson has found his way through the gates, and if Clarence “Citizen Cope” Greenwood isn’t yet an initiate, his day is soon to come. The majority of Cope’s recordings are tapestries of R&B-driven rock, embroidered with folk and threads of organic hip-hop. These acoustic performances are an ethereally rare opportunity to see that tapestry woven in an intimate setting – a portrait painted by renowned frontman whose one-man gigs are quickly becoming the stuff of legend. 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. $50-$60.

The Dodos


8 p.m. Tuesday


It’s still shy of a decade since singer/songwriter Meric Long and percussionist Logan Kroeber buddied up to form the Dodos, but in that relatively short time they’ve amassed a rabid following around their native Bay Area and across the country. Few guitar and percussion duos find their level of syncopation – even more impressive considering the technically complex and creatively wild-eyed planes they both seem to be on. The mad scientists’ latest record “Individ” packs some of the group’s most brain-bending rhythms to date. Equally harrowing psychedelic folk pop act Springtime Carnivore opens, fresh of their Richard Swift (Black Keys) produced debut. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $15.

Looking ahead: Ladysmith Black Mambazo. March 10 at the Crest Theatre

For more than 50 years, this venerable outfit have been ambassadors of the gospel music, and to a degree the entire culture of South Africa. 1013 K St., Sacramento. $30-$45.