BMS Weekend Guide: October 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 Picks

Zac Brown Band at the Agganis Arena on Friday: Boasting four big nominations for the CMA Awards, including “New Artist of the Year”, the Zac Brown Band will be on their “Toes” all night. Now you should get on your toes as well and get tickets for only $28 for the band’s “Breaking Southern Ground” tour.
The Gaslight Anthem at the House of Blues on Saturday: Bringin’ the Jersey sound to Boston, The Gaslight Anthem could possibly be dropping some new tracks in the set list as they’ve begun work on their next record already. Tickets are just $20.

Our Music Picks


Yonder Mountain String Band at the House of Blues: The House of Blues will be the House of Bluegrass this weekend thanks to YMSB who hit town in support of their recently released album, The Show. Tickets are from $22.50 to $29.

Art Brut at the Middle East Downstairs: This indie band has caught the attention of Boston’s own Frank Black, who produced their last album. Art Brut is French for “outsider art” but you don’t have to be an outsider if you grab your tickets for $15. Be sure to arrive in time for hometown favorites TAB the Band,&

Sarah Blacker at the Hard Rock Café: A Berklee product looking to rock you for a good cause; there’s no reason to miss this one. Just $12 gets you in to see one heck of a talent with a portion of the proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. She’s also celebrating the release of her debut album with help from Girls, Guns and Glory.

The States at the TT the Bear’s Place: The States return to Boston to celebrate the releasing of their new EP, We Are The Erasers, with the help of fellow locals The Honors. Just $10 will get you in to hear their newest fuzzy, razor-edged rock. Australia’s Youth Group headlines.

Side Effects at the Middle East Upstairs: Warning: The hard-partying side project of the Dropkick Murphy’s James Lynch may leave you with side effects of a hangover, but if you can’t handle that then you’re probably not punk enough to attend this show in the first place. Tickets are $9 and also get you in for sets from awesome locals Televandals, Have Nots, Six String Bullets, and Burning Streets.

Rick Springfield at the Twin Rivers Event Center: This isn’t your 1980’s Rick Springfield. The rocker/soap star has added an edge to his sound, clearly resonating on his latest distortion-driven effort, Venus in Overdrive. Don’t worry though, you’ll still get to hear “Jessie’s Girl”. Tickets are $45.50


Aretha Franklin at the Citi Wang Theatre: The Wang Center is one of the city’s finest venues but even it might not be able to contain the power of the Queen of Soul’s voice. Tickets are still available and range in price from 39.50 to $85.

Julian Marley, Stephen Marley at Showcase Live!: No Ziggy no cry, Julian and Stephen will represent the legendary family name just fine. Reggae fans act fast, only $19 Standing Room tickets are still available.

EOTO at Harpers Ferry: Feeling a little funky and spontaneous? Check out EOTO in Allston for something different… very different. See what Jason and Michael of the String Cheese Incident have in store for Boston. You never know what these guys are gonna play. Tickets are $15

Misfits, Type O Negative at the Palladium: Start your Halloween a few weeks early with some classic horror rock. This show is part of the “Rock and Shock” weekend in Worcester but the only thing shocking here is that tickets still remain for $35.

Silversun Pickups, Cage The Elephant at the Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel: The Silversun Pickups “Swoon” into Rhode Island to deliver some heavy distorted indie rock with the help of Cage the Elephant who’s radio play this summer was far from indie. Sounds like a cool mix. Tickets are $18.

The Avett Brothers at the House of Blues: Any artist categorized as “folk-punk” or “grungegrass” is definitely worth a looksy. Why the folk wouldn’t you? Tickets are $25 to $35.

Portugal. The Man at the Paradise Rock Club: The band aren’t exactly locals (actually, they’re from Alaska) but they did record their latest album here in Boston and they’re teaming up with locals Drug Rug for a national tour. Hockey is also on the bill. Tickets are $15.

Lucero at the Middle East Downstairs: These road warriors have made their way back to Boston. With an original, country-like take on punk rock this is another one that’s definitely worth a listen. Tickets are $20.

Echo & The Bunnymen at Great Scott: The legacy continues as Echo & The Bunnymen just released The Fountain earlier this week so the band will test out some new tunes along with the classics from their 30+ year catalog in the tiny Allston club before they return next month for the House of Blues. Tickets for this one are long gone.

Insane Clown Posse at the Palladium: Weirdos unite; your ringleaders are coming to town. The freak show in Worcester continues Sunday, and thankfully for the folks of Worcester, ends on Sunday. Tickets are $35.

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