BMS Weekend Guide: October 23 – 25

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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 Best Pick

Deer Tick at Harpers Ferry on Saturday: A band much more pleasant than the parasitic arachnid they’re named after, this group from Providence has been grabbing some serious attention over the past year thanks to the success of their sophomore album, Born on Flag Day. Even Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News is singing their praises. Catch them at the intimate Harper’s Ferry for $15 before they blow up even more and you can’t get tickets next time around. The Partisan Records showcase will also feature sets from Holy Sons, Christopher Denny, Dolorean and Paleo.
Our Music Picks

Friday

Rodrigo Y Gabriela at the Oprheum Theatre: Jimi Henrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton… Rodrigo Y Gabriela. Who are those last two you ask? Only two of the most amazing guitarists on the planet! If you want to be wowed this weekend these virtuosos are definitely your best bet. Tickets are $22.50 and $32.50.

Keb’ Mo’ at the Somerville Theatre: Keb’ Mo’ told us he learned a lot about the creation process during the sessions for his new album, Live and Mo’. You’ll learn a lot from him too if you check the legendary bluesman out in Somerville this weekend. Tickets are $38.50.

David Gray, Lisa Hannigan at the Citi Wang Theatre: After playing a private radio gig at the Colonnade Hotel’s rooftop pool last month, David Gray is back again as he couldn’t get enough Boston and vice-versa. See him with rising star Lisa Hannigan for $35 to $50.

The Used at the House of Blues: They may have titled their new album, Artwork, but don’t worry, The Used haven’t gone all soft and fancy on us. Expect the same frantic rock as usual. Tickets are $27 and $37.

Chris Trapper at the Regent Theatre: Original frontman for beloved 90’s alternative rock band The Push Stars, Trapper has remained busy with solo albums, film and tv work, and even collaborating with Great Big Sea. Supporting his new album, Til The Last Leaf Falls, he returns for a homecoming show on Friday. Tickets are $20.

Saturday

Jay-Z, NERD at the Dunkin Donuts Center: Mr. Carter will be in an Ocean State of Mind this weekend when he unleashes some of his best work in years, off of The Blueprint 3, on Rhode Island. As if Jay wasn’t enough, the Pharrell-headed trio gone quartet N.E.R.D will be on board to provide solid support. Tickets are still available and range from $35 to $125. Can’t make it on Saturday, head to Amherst on Sunday for their show at the Mullins Center.

Railroad Earth at the Paradise Rock Club: Jam out with this Jersey bluegrass band and be ready for anything because these guys love to improvise. The band comes to down for two nights at the Paradise, starting on Friday. Tickets are $22.

Wheat at the Middle East Downstairs: Wheat always keep things interesting and the addition of new tracks from White Ink, Black Ink into the set list is a nice bonus. Jukebox the Ghost, The Motion Sick and The Needy Visions round out the bill. Tickets are $12.

Slip Kid at the Regent Theatre: The Cherone Brothers tribute to the Who will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Tommy. Take the “Amazing Journey” with them for just $20 or “Go To The Mirror Boy!” and take a good hard look at yourself.

Ad Frank and the Fast Easy Women at Great Scott: If you’re feeling down go see the “Poet Laureate of the lovelorn” at Great Scott. Most of Ad’s material is dark but don’t be surprised if he amuses you here and there with the help of his clever quips and his glam-like band The Fast Easy Women. Get your tickets for just $9.

Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley at the Mohegan Sun Arena (CT): Did you miss their show earlier this summer? Well, here’s you chance to catch Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley bring the “American Saturday Night” tour back to New England with the help of Jimmy Wayne. Country shows often start to wane once the summer ends so don’t miss out on a great lineup like this. Tickets are still available and range in price from $60 to $75.

Sunday

David Foster & Friends at the Agganis Arena: The they don’t call him the “Hit Man” for nothing. Foster has been all over some of music’s biggest hits over the past three decades.  On Sunday, he’ll be joined by Charice, Peter Cetera, Philip Bailey, Michael Johns, Ruben Studdard and other special guests. Tickets are $55 to $125

AFI at the House of Blues: AFI’s newest release, Crash Love, has a bit more pop worked into it than we’re used to with these guys but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We’re sure AFI will deliver a set that appeases fans of all their styles. Local favorites The Unseen will open. Tickets are $27.50.

White Tie Affair at the Paradise Rock Club: Now here’s some rock that you can really dance to. Come ready to let loose because this Chicago group knows how to have fun. Every Avenue, Stereo Skyline, Runner Runner and The Lives of Famous Men round out the all-ages bill. Tickets are just $15 for a great five band lineup.

Vic Chesnutt Band at the Somerville Theatre: An inspiration to countless artists, including the aforementioned Ad Frank, Chesnutt has kept his influence going strongly over the years and stayed particularly busy this year as he released two new albums. Tickets are $17.
Our Non Music Picks

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood at the Wilbur Theatre on Friday: Remember “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?”, if you do then chances are you’ll be here. We’re just excited that the venue finally has a liquor license. Tickets range in price from $30 to $45. The show is at 7:30 then Bill Maher performs a soldout show at 10.

Boston College vs Notre Dame on Saturday: The “Holy War” of college footballs always a must-see; especially over the past few years as the Eagles have won seven straight. Grab yourself a bear and seat on the coach to see if they can continue the streak and warm up old friend Charlie Weis’s seat even more.

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