Sat., March 23, Fort Lean
Ace of Spades, 7 p.m., $15
This may open me up to accusations of being a hipster sympathizer, but whatever: When a band like Fort Lean comes to town (opening for the Joy Formidable), I breathe a sigh of relief. Because how many more shitty punk bands and screamo bros can Sacto endure? Sure, the Brooklyn band's Facebook page photo features lead singer Keenan Mitchell in a denim jacket. And, yeah, he's got ironic '80s hair-band hair. But there are good musicians backing all that up. It's of-the-moment New York rock (think the Walkmen) bumping back against '60s rock (think the Zombies), and it makes for a refreshing change of scene in these parts. 1417 R Street, www.facebook.com/fortlean.