Weekend Guide: April 2 – 4

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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   –   Our Music Picks   –   Our Non Music Picks

Our Best Picks

Drive-By Truckers, Lucero at the House of Blues on Friday: The Drive-By Truckers recently released their eighth studio album, The Big To-Do, this past month. With their lively “three axe attack” we’re sure this show will live up to the album title. Add in awesome openers Lucero and for only $25, this is a no-brainer.

Kingsley Flood, Cassavettes at the Middle East Upstairs on Saturday: The little room will be rockin’ upstairs with this brew of Americana jams as Kingsley Flood celebrate the release of their new album, Dust Windows, with Cassavettes. The Grownup Noise and Spouse round out this lineup of local standouts. Catch the show for just $10.

Our Music Picks


The XX at the Paradise Rock Club: One of the UK’s best up-and-coming bands hits Boston riding the wave of buzz they’ve received from their debut album. Not yet a household name but it looks like Bostonians have done their homework as both shows on Friday night are sold out.

Jo Dee Messina at the Tupelo Hall: Massachusetts’ own country girl hits Salisbury with new tunes off of her upcoming album, Unmistakable, which she’ll be releasing in three phrases. But if you can’t wait then you can hear the new stuff tonight.

Days of the New, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack at the Harpers Ferry: After about nine years of waiting, Day of the New fans will have to wait no more for their new album to be released this year. You can hear the new Days stuff and take in the Jimmie antics for $20.

Rick Ross at Showcase Live: We know it’s the weekend, but you wouldn’t mind listening to this “Boss” would you? Catch a rare hip-hop show in Foxboro for $25 and hear Ross’s new jams off of Deeper Than Rap.

Mark Erelli at Club Passim: Erelli is a smart guy, holding a Master’s in Molecular Biology from UMass, and you would be smart too if you headed over to his CD release party in Cambridge. Tickets are $17.

Judy Collins at the Zeiterion Theatre: We know it’s Good Friday, but if you want a good old fashioned Friday then head to New Bedford and take in a few standards a la Judy Collins. Tickets are still available for $30 and $35.


Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at the House of Blues: BRMC haul ass into town touring in support of their latest album, Beat The Devil’s Tattoo. These guys always deliver a rock solid show, so get all revved up with them for $20.

Nada Surf at the Paradise Rock Club: Ironically enough, Nada Surf has found success in waves over the year and they’re ready to ride again. See them for $25 and pick up their new covers album, If I Had A Hi-Fi, which is only available at their shows.

Matthew Good at the Middle East Downstairs: The Canadian favorite comes to town in support of his fourth solo release, Vancouver. Tampa’s Automatic Loveletter will open the show. Tickets are $22.

BMS Saturday Night Spotlight at Copperfields
: We’re back in the Fenway area with music on two floors from Seventh Room, Seven Shades of Grey, Persian Blue, The Brooks Young Band, The Ron Noyes Band, Cory Allen Staats and Jamie Alimond. Tickets are $10.

The Whigs, Band of Skulls at the Harpers Ferry: The Whigs just released their third album, In The Dark, and we didn’t want to leave you in the dark about this show. Especially since this show is like two bands for the price of one with tickets at just $15.

David Gray at the Providence Performing Arts Center
: After playing Boston last fall, Gray returns to the New England area via pProvidence. We’re sure that this show will be just as entertaining. Tickets are still available and range in price from $37.50 to $47.50

Angelique Kidjo at the Somerville Theatre: Kidjo is known for her advocacy almost as much as her music. We advocate that you head to Somerville to hear her music. Tickets are $39.


Wilco at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel: The last time Wilco came around these parts they played a great show in Lowell that was unfortunately cut short by rain. Luckily, this one’s indoors because these skies still can’t be trusted. This show is sold out.

Major Lazer at the Middle East Downstairs: Sunday night isn’t always the best night for a dance party but it looks like people around here didn’t mind because this Major Lazer show is sold out.

Unearth at the Palladium: These Mass Metalheads bring “The March” to Worcester as fans mosh to the point of almost beating the crap out of each other. Happy Easter! Tickets are Tickets are $20.

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