Mon, April 18, Branches
Luigi’s Fun Garden, 8 p.m., call for cover
Sacramento, CA 95814
Honestly, I don’t know where to place Azusa, California’s Branches when it comes to genre. The band’s music contains elements of current alt-folk acts Blind Pilot and Or, the Whale, but it also shows glimmers of indie-pop bands like Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s and Port O’Brien. Its songs have that hooky singalong lovability and playfulness that made Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros popular, but Branches’ style has more folk and bluegrass and less of a Gypsy quality. This show came highly recommended to me, and I agree: This is a show not to sleep on. 1050 20th Street, (916 ) 552-0317, www.myspace.com/soundslikebranches.