With luscious layered synths, a rock-solid rhythm section and a captivating vocalist and frontwoman, Placerville-based five-piece band Mookatite is kicking out a lovely blend of neo-soul, jazz and indie rock that, in our humble opinions, puts them a step above a lot of your average local bar bands. Their new album, Archipelago, is ready to be unveiled to turn you into believers, and they’ve got a string of regional shows, too, including Nov. 23 with Arden Park Roots at Harlow’s (2708 J St.) and their album release show on Dec. 6 at Big Sexy Brewing Co. (5861 88th St. #800), which also features special guests Crecon. The following night, Dec. 7, you can catch them at the annual Ugly AF Sweater Fest put on by Bit Crusher Presents at PJ’s Roadhouse (5641 Mother Lode Drive, Placerville). They’ve also got winter shows lined up in Roseville, Auburn and another in Sacramento, so keep an eye out at Mookatite.com, or find them on social media to stay up to date with one of the most exciting and fresh bands out of the Sacramento area.