BMS Weekend Guide: January 9 – 11

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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

"Hot Stove, Cool Music" with Peter Gammons, Letters to Cleo, American Hi-Fi, The Figgs, and more Paradise Rock Club: It’s always one of our favorite events of the year. Baseball and music for charity – that’s a win, win. With Letters to Cleo and American Hi-Fi back in action, this year’s show should be extra special (as long as Stacy Jones does not collapse – check out our interview with him here). Of course, The Figgs and Bill Janovitz are always a good time too. Oh, and how could we forget the beloved hosts, Peter Gammons and Theo Epstein. Tickets are still available for $40

Our Music Picks


Bronson Arroyo at Showcase Live!: Even though he’s out in Cincinnati, Arroyo loves Red Sox Nation. The pitcher returns to his former home for his other love, music. We remember thinking he had a great voice the first time we heard him preform live at Hot Stove, Cool Music. Now, he has a full album of covers and a solid backing band. So& skip Faneuil Hall this weekend and take in this rare treat. But before you do, check out our interview with Arroyo here. Tickets are $25.

Altan at the Sanders Theatre: One of the best contemporary bands in traditional Irish music. Led by the world-renowned fiddler and vocalist Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, the pride of County Donegal are also a treat. Tickets are priced from $22 to $28.
Jason Bennett & the Resistance at Church: We’re anxiously awaiting the new album from these local punk favorites, so maybe they’ll test a few new tunes at this benefit for the Boston Road Devils car club. Beantown Boozhounds (we love that name!), Dead Friends, Doggfight Us, and Beerdozer round out the bill.


Head Automatica at Great Scott: Dance the night away with the Long Island rockers in the intimate confines of Great Scott. Daryl Palumbo and company are still working on their followup to 2006’s Popaganda, so you probably expect a handful of new tunes as well. Radio 4 opens. The show is sold out.

Mars, Muck and the Mires, and The Dirty Truckers at the Lizard Lounge: This is a classic line-up for the late Abbey Lounge. If garage rock is your preference, this is the show for you.
Death & Taxes, Mark Lind & The Unloved at Harpers Ferry: Punk rock more your thing? Head over to Alston Rock City for a double shot of great Boston punk rock only $5! The headliners are support their 2007 release, Tattooed Hearts & Broken Promises while Mark Lind (of Ducky Boys fame) are hard at work on their next album after earning a Boston Music Awards nomination for Outstanding Punk Act.
Township, The Brendan Boogie Band& at Church: Township, one of our favorite local bands, capitalized on their 2007 WBCN Rumble victory by producing an awesome debut album in 2008. For $10 you can catch the retro rockers with fellow locals The Brendan Boogie Band, Andrea Gillis, and Johnny Nobody.


Anberlin at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel (RI): With "Feel Good Drag" still rocking the airwaves, Anberlin continues to support their 2008 release, New Surrender. For only $10 this is a bargain show of the month, but before you head down I-95 check out our interview lead singer Stephen Christian from last fall.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Showcase Live!: The swing revival is back for round two! Back in ’99 these guys played the Super Bowl Halftime show, now they come to Patriot Place for what should be an entertaining night of dancing at Patriots Place. Tickets are $25.

Push Play: They are being called the next Jonas Brothers. Scary huh. Find out what all the fuss is about when the New York kids play a matinee show at the ‘dise.& Tickets are $13 in advance or $15 at the door.

Our Non Music Picks

World of Wheels: The event for all car enthusuiast takes place at the Bayside Expo Center all weekend. Admission is $15 ($5 for children 6 to 12 and free for those 5 and under) but $2 discounts are available at participating Town Fair Tire Stores. Besides all the very cool cars, there will be a ton of special guests from Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson to Wolf and Venom from American Gladiators, and more. Get more information here.

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