September Show Recommendations | by contributor Anthony Siino

This weekend is incredible for the chaos junkies when it comes to Sacramento's buffet of live music, but there are wonderful options for those who like their sounds a bit softer as well. Shall we?

*KUTZ Presents Half-Fest: In case you hadn't heard, our IndieGoGo campaign was completely funded, meaning that we've got the funds to go ahead with broadcasting. Of course, such things take time, so until we start taking over your ears long-distance, we've got something a bit more immediate. Boy Romeo, Lather Machine, House Show, Matthew Mora, So Much Light and Elijah Mead help us celebrate, and if you've donated to help us achieve our funding, check your email to see if we've given you a free pass at the door. (Don't worry if you didn't. Doors are a sliding scale between $5-$20, so give what you can and have a blast with us.) Hit Red Museum (212 15th Street) at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 2, and we'll have a grand old time.

*Instagon: Time to get mathy. Not methy. Just mathy. Local enigma Instagon headlines this set of out-there math jams from Curse League, Electric Snorkel and Plots. It'll be intricate, technical and overwhelmingly stimulating, so get cranked up on caffeine and be ready to have your mind blown. Show starts early at 5 p.m. at Press Club (2030 P Street) on Sunday, September 4. Costs $7 to get in.


*Phobia: If all that sounds too tame for you, then Starlite Lounge (1517 21st Street) up the road is hosting grindcore legends Phobia that very same Sunday. They'll be playing with Nomads, Columbian Necktie, Augurs and RAD. I'm gonna level with you guys: This lineup is insane. First off, if you're into local music, you already understand how rad RAD is, and you might have a sense of how amazing Augurs from Oakland is. Second, nobody's making music like Colombian Necktie's blend of sludge and rockin' hardcore right now. Third, Phobia, maaaaaan. Phobia. If you have a single ounce of love in your heart for fast, aggressive music, you can't miss this one. $12 in advance and $14 at the door, with everything kicking off some time around 7 p.m.