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Three to See: Mike Watt + the Secondmen dust off Minutemen tunes

The Mild High Club’s latest work, “Skiptracing,” is being released this weekend. The bad with perform Saturday night at Cooper’s Ale Works.
The Mild High Club’s latest work, “Skiptracing,” is being released this weekend. The bad with perform Saturday night at Cooper’s Ale Works. saac Sterling

Mike Watt + the Secondmen

Rock/post-punk

9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26

Old Ironsides

Here’s the skinny on this Mike Watt gig: Original Secondmen, keyboardist Pete Mazich and drummer Jerry Trebotic, are in tow for what figures to be one of the prophet of post-punk bass guitar’s usual sludgy, sweaty jam fests, and rumor has it some Minutemen (his original revered outfit) tunes have been making their way into recent set lists. With locals Gentlemen Surfer and Sicfus. 1901 10th St., Sacramento. $12. www.theoldironsides.com.

Mild High Club

Indie/pop/psych

9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27

Cooper’s Ale Works

Mild High Club’s alluringly lackadaisical “Skiptracing” drops this weekend, and it’s a perfect album to wind down August with – a carefree, lo-fi psych-pop offering that tickles the memory of those kick-back summer days with an underlying jazzy breeze ushering in the autumn evenings. With Frankie & the Witch Fingers and Bermuda Love Triangle. 235 Commercial St., Nevada City. $12. www.coopersnclive.com.

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

Soul/funk/R&B

9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1

Harlow’s

With decades performing as a James Brown impersonator under his belt, affable breakout star Charles Bradley released his first album of originals in 2011 – at the age of 63. With his third album “Changes” out earlier this year, this shimmering soul revivalist is a buried treasure that took years to dig up – probably because no one knew to look for it. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $40. www.harlows.com.

Looking ahead: American River Music Festival. Sept. 16-18, Coloma

There’s still time to snag a campsite and tickets for this gem of a festival up in Coloma, which features intimate in-camp sets throughout the weekend and two days of main stage tunes from Dustbowl Revival, Arden Park Roots, T Sisters, Birds of Chicago and tons more. www.americanrivermusic.org.

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