Local Licks

This week we review HIJK, the Levins, Ed Masuga, and Jascha vs Jascha.

HIJK, RINR. RINR is a pleasantly jangly indie record. HIJK are at the punkier, more rock end of the indie spectrum, but not hardcore enough to put off listeners who like their music a bit more mellow. There’s something oddly old-school about HIJK — parts of RINR sound very Nineties, but that’s not a bad thing. (self-released)

At the Hemlock Tavern (1131 Polk St., San Francisco) on April 24. 9:30 p.m., $6

The Levins, My Friend Hafiz. My Friend Hafiz is a pretty album with more than a hint of the Sixties and Seventies about it. This is the hippie Bay Area at its best — strong on the spiritual leanings, but well produced and professionally polished. Vocal harmonies are sweet and clear, music is acoustic and gentle, a blend of pop, punk, and folk. Lovely stuff. (self-released)

At Temple Sinai (2808 Summer St., Oakland) on April 24. 7 p.m., $10

Ed Masuga, Let Me Tune My Heartstrings. Let Me Tune My Heartstrings sits right on the border between country, folk, and blues. It’s a hard balance to pull off, but Masuga makes it work. This kind of music isn’t for everyone, but if you like all three genres and would prefer to avoid anything too self-consciously Americana, this may be the album for you. (Ricky’s Pizza Shack)

At People’s Park (between Haste St. and Dwight Way, above Telegraph Ave., Berkeley) on April 25. 1 p.m., free

Jascha vs Jascha, A Cure for Sleep. Soft and pretty, a little folk and a little classic pop, A Cure for Sleep sounds like the Beatles and the Chieftans gene-spliced together with introspective lyrics based on a vivid dream. Apparently, singer-songwriter Jascha moved to San Francisco to record this album — a good decision, seeing how it turned out. (self-released)

At the Rickshaw Stop (155 Fell St., San Francisco) on April 28. 9 p.m., $10

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