Sat, Dec 8th, Knock Knock

Midtown Village Cafe, 8 p.m., call for cover

Knock Knock has been a Sacramento favorite for a decade, playing for several years before releasing its debut album in 2004. The group's folky acoustic rhythms, sharp surf-rock lead guitars, grooving dance beats and sunny 1970s-AM-radio-inspired pop makes the music immediately infectious, but it's also some deep stuff. The group's dark, introspective lyrics counter the lighthearted, free-spirited nature of the music—giving the whole thing a bit of sophistication. Fans can not only dance, but also dig in and invest themselves in the songs' content and feel like it isn't just a guilty pleasure, but rather art with some substance. 1827 I Street, (916) 668-6052,