Sands (formerly known as Dame Satan) is playing El Rio Saturday (9pm, $7), smoothing out the sounds of the evening with the mellower side of psychedelic. They’re up with 3 Leafs (mentioned back in December) and recent Thrill Jockey signees, Mi Ami, who recently posted April national tour dates on their MySpace.

[audio:] Sands – “Dawn and Delta”

Sands has undergone more retrofit than just the name change in December; for this show they’re bringing two guests on board: Sam Coe (Two Sheds, Low Flying Owls, Seventeen Evergreen) on drums and their friend Phil from DC on keys. After this weekend of shows, Sands heads to Sacramento’s Hangar Studios (Devil Makes Three, Devendra Banhart, The Mumlers) to record 5 new songs.