BMS Weekend Guide: January 16-18

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Still looking to fill in your calendar for this weekend? Well, you’ve worked too hard not to enjoy you free time so here are some ideas – music and non-music related – on how to spend your weekend.

Our Best Pick& & & -& & & Our Music Picks& & & -& & & Our Non Music Picks

Our Best Pick

Dear Leader, Hallelujah the Hills, and Faces on Film at the Paradise Rock Club on Friday: Three of our favorite local bands at one of our favorite local venues. This is an unbeatable triple bill featuring the hard charging rock of Dear Leader, and the various indie rock leanings of Hallelujah the Hills and Faces on Film. Not only is this a great opportunity to support local music but it’s a great opportunity to hear some great music. Don’t let the cold stop you on this one.

Our Music Picks


Das EFX, Akrobatik, ASN, Vice Versah at Harpers Ferry: An amazing night of hip-hop led by an old school talent and capped off with some local stars. Das EFX was a hip-hop pioneer, and the local rappers on the bill are keeping hip-hop alive in Boston. Keep an eye out for Vice Versah, who has an excellent new album out called James and the Giant Beats. Tickets are $20.

Lyres, Magic Christian, The Prime Movers, Muck and the Mires the Middle East Downstairs: "Back to the real garage", this is your chance to see hometown Lyres along with some bands that are carrying on their aesthetic. Unfortunately, it will be the last show for The Prime Movers, one of Boston’s best that finally reunited to record their debut album a couple of years ago. Also on the bill are Magic Christian, featuring Blondie drummer Clem Burke and Flamin’ Groovies’ frontman Cyril Jordan. Rounding out the bill are Watts and Topheavy. Tickets are just $10 and the show includes a guest spot from DJ Mark Hamilton of local radio fame.


Rakim at Harpers Ferry: One of the best rappers in the history of the game comes to town. If you’ve ever heard Paid in Full, or even if you haven’t, you should strongly consider getting out to Allston for this show. Tickets are $30 but that price is well worth it.

Logan 5 and the Runners, The Luxury, The Daily Pravda at Great Scott: Logan 5 and the Runners will be celebrating the release of their debut album Featurette. Catch our Local Spotlight on the band here, and catch them in the intimate confines of Great Scott while enjoying a Pabst tall boy. It doesn’t get any more glam rock than that. Tickets are $8.

Art Garfunkel with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra at the Providence Performing Arts Center (RI): A rare treat indeed. The living legend comes to New England this weekend for a special show in Providence. Fans can expect to hear a setlist that is about half Simon & Garfunkel favorites and half solo material, all backed by the symphony orchestra. Tickets are still available and priced from $40 to $75.


Metallica at the TD Banknorth Garden: The boys in black are back with a vengeance, touring in support of Death Magnetic. While we’re hoping for more old stuff, at least it’s not St. Anger. The show is incredibly sold out, but if you can find a decently priced ticket on the street or online then go for it. There aren’t a lot of bands left who rock like Lars, James, Kirk, and…Rob.

Frightened Rabbit at Great Scott: A sold out show of a different kind, it seems The Midnight Organ Fight is starting to really catch on (unlike other local publications, we’ve been high on these lads for awhile…check out our last interview with the band here). Also on the bill are David Karsten Daniels and Pants Yell!

Life On Hold, A Coastline Ending, Walk Harbor City, The Hollow Sound, Hot Spur at the Middle East Upstairs: We’re predicting big things from Life On Hold this year because we are very, very big fans of their recent EP Banking on Breaking. All the melody and punch of Fallout Boy with Paramour’s female vocals, plus it’s from Boston. You can’t go wrong! Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

Our Non Music Picks

Andrew Dice Clay at the Wilbur Theatre: Do people still go to see Andrew Dice Clay? If you’re one of those people, then head on out to the Wilbur Theatre for some dirty nursery rhymes, or whatever other kind of jokes he’s doing these days.

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