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Sacramento native Natalie Ribbons returns with Tele Novella

Tella Novella is an inspired macabre-pop band out of Austin.
Tella Novella is an inspired macabre-pop band out of Austin.

Blitzen Trapper


9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5


Scorching Allman Brothers-inspired canyon jams, funked-out swamp hooks bordering on hip-hop and chilling backwoods ballads – Portland, Ore.-based Blitzen Trapper has America covered with their rollicking, resonating rock ’n’ roll. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $18 advance/$20 door.

Tele Novella


8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6

The Hideaway

Natalie Ribbons, formerly of Sacramento drum-and-guitar duo Agent Ribbons, returns to the capital city with her latest project, the ’60s-pop-inspired Tele Novella, which jubilantly toasts the spirit of her former outfit with its moody, groovy psych-pop songs. With Vasas and the Rippers. 2565 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento. $8.



7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9

Ace of Spades

For a band that has trudged through the stagnant, murky waters of lo-fi noise rock on previous records, Wavves’ 2015 album “V” feels like a sprint toward the ocean with vibrant ’70s punk riffs, extolling a freer sound while maintaining a Pixies-esque edge. With Steep Leans and PartyBaby. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $20.

Looking ahead: Saint Motel. Sept. 18 at Ace of Spades

We’d be shocked if tickets last until showtime for this upstart indie pop act and budding festival darling. Don’t sleep on this one. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $24.