BMS Weekend Guide: July 17 – 19

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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.

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BMS’ Local Spotlight Live Series at Olivers NIghtclub at the Cask’n Flagon: We’re not just tooting our own horn here. This show is the best bargain of the weekend as only $10 gets you in to see five great local bands including crowd favorites Mission Hill as well as WBCN Rumble finalists Gene Dante and the Future Starlets, with Thick as Thieves, Keep Me Conscious (formerly Cherry S/T) and Drew English (formerly No Casino) nicely rounding out the bill.
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Our Music Picks
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Friday
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The Jonas Brothers, Jordin Sparks at the TD Garden: Can you hear that high-pitched piercing sound? That’s the sound of thousands of preteens, tweens, and teenage girls screaming at the top of the lungs. Expect this to continue in the Boston area through Saturday night as the band is in town for two sold out shows.
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Michael Franti & Spearhead at the Lowell Summer Music Series: If you’re an eclectic music fan Franti is the man for you; he covers everything from hip hop to folk, reggae to rock. Franti is the type of artist who wins over fans with his performances because it’s rare to see or hear him anywhere else so head over to Lowell and enjoy a little bit of everything. Tickets are $40.
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VNV Nation, War Tapes at the Paradise Rock Club: VNV’s motto is “One should strive to achieve; not sit in bitter regret” and if you missed out on tickets to this Euro electronic band you’ll surely be doing the latter. Not to mention that you’ll be missing the Boston-rooted quartet War Tapes who round out the sold out bill.

The Datsuns at TT the Bear’s Place
: With a sound loud enough to rock all of New Zealand, these Kiwi’s have taken to American shore’s this summer to rock some tunes off of last years Head Stunts. Tickets are $12.
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Magnolia Electric Co. at the Middle East Downstairs: Another rockin’ indie night at the Middle East. If you want a break from the Boston indie scene for a night here’s the show for you with Magnolia Electric Co. hailing from Indiana, The Donkey’s coming by way of California, and Nature Boy in from New York. But don’t worry, local act Mr. Sister will make sure Boston is well represented. Tickets are $12 at the door.
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Saturday
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Elton John and Billy Joel at Gillette Stadium
: Saturday nights alright for legends. The careers of these two icons speak for themselves but if we were to say one thing it’s that “Piano Man” and “Tiny Dancer” sound really cool with 60,000 people singing together. Tickets are still available and range in price from $54.50 to $179.50.
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The Rock the Bells Festival at the Comcast Center: The list goes on and on with top-notch acts for this year’s festival. Nas, Damian Marley, The Roots, Common, and even House of Pain are just a few of the names appearing. Tickets are still available including a 4-pack promotion for $34.75 each while others can be purchased at $45 and $50
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The Dead Weather at the House of Blues: The fact that Jack White is in this band is all you really need to know. Except, this time he’s not ripping on the guitar but instead he’ll be handling the beat making on the drums. Is there anything this guy can’t do?! Tickets are $29.
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Aimee Mann at the Lowell Summer Music Series: Longtime Mann fans will be thrilled with an intimate evening with the singer at Boarding House Park while curious concert-goers will surely be taken aback by Mann’s rich lyrics. Tickets are $29 in advance or $35 the day of the show, which is co-sponsored by BMS. Be sure to stop by the out tent and say hello.
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Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings at the Green River Festival: If you wanna get funky this weekend then head out to Greenfield. Seems like an odd place to do so but with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings rockin’ the Green River Festival it’s completely logical. Tickets are $45 or you can grab a weekend pass for $60.

The Honor Society at the Paradise Rock Club: A few years ago,& when the Jonas& Brothers were on tour with& Miley Cyrus, they would schedule extra shows& after their opening set.& The results seem to have paid off. Now,& New Jersey’s The Honor Society are& doing the same. Originally& scheduled for the House of Blues on Friday night, the show has been moved to& a more convenient afternoon gig at the ‘dise.& Find out what all the buzz is about for only $19.50.

Sunday
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Cave In at Great Scott: It’s no wonder this show is sold out. Local legends Cave In have been a hiatus for years and they’ve been welcomed back with open arms by the local fans.

Jackson Browne, Shawn Colvin at the Bank of America Pavilion: Two artists who have been around forever but are still young at heart. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and acclaimed songwriter Jackson Browne will take up shop by the water for what should be a great night of classic rock with support from another acclaimed songwriter in Shawn Colvin. Tickets range from $25 to $75.
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LeAnn Rimes at the South Shore Music Circus: LeAnn Rimes is only 26 years old but has over a decade of hits already. She’s gone from country to pop and back to country again but no matter what LeAnn you’re looking for you’re sure to go home satisfied as she goes through her greatest hits and maybe sneaks in a few tunes off her next album. Tickets are $44.25 and $60.25.
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Grand Duchy at the Middle East Downstairs: Pixies frontman Black Francis’ newest project is a two-headed monster with his wife Violet Clark sharing the spotlight and providing bass and vocals. Who needs Kim Deal? Tickets are just $15.
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Sting at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Casino: Sting has done just about everything in his career, most recently experimenting with the age-old lute instrument. Most likely he’ll go light on the lute and you’ll be hearing a steady stream of hits on Sunday night. However tickets are a bit pricey starting at $125 and topping off at $250
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Non Music Picks
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Art Beat Festi: Okay, we confess, there is another good deal in town that involves music. If your strapped on cash, head over to Somerville for a free festival that brings music, performance art, craft vendors, dance, theater, food, and a whole more to Davis Square. Friday night’s music features Magic Magic and Jenny Dee & the Delinquents, while The Dirty Truckers and Jenny Dee & the Delinquents highlight Saturday’s music.

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