Sacramento is not exactly on the radar for many top-notch musical acts, so it’s always time for a celebration when somebody of Mogwai’s caliber decides to swing by the cowtown for a show. The post-rock/shoegaze/experimental band may be named after the goofy little monsters from Gremlins, but their music is no joke. These guys are basically rock royalty at this point, having been pumping out killer album after killer album since their official formation in 1995 in Glasgow, Scotland. Unlike their Scottish temporaries (think Franz Ferdinand, Belle & Sebastian), the members of Mogwai rarely focus on the vocal lines, with most of their songs being long, sprawling instrumental pieces featuring melodic baselines, heavy distortion, and virtuosic guitar solos. If that sounds a little jam-bandy, think again: Mogwai is closer in spirit to My Bloody Valentine and even Sigur Ros than anything from the groovy 1960s. Still, considering Mogwai has been making music for nearly two decades, it’s almost impossible to pigeonhole their sound. Now touring on their latest album, “Rave Tapes,” Mogwai is stopping by Ace of Spades on April 13. For more information, see here.
When: Sunday, April 13, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Ace of Spades, 1417 R St., Sacramento