Weekend Guide: April 30 – May 2

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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

2010 Ambassadors of Rock Battle of the Band Finals at Hard Rock Cafe on Friday: After weeks of preliminary rounds, five of Boston’s best bands will hit the Hard Rock Cafe for the right to move on in the national competition that will give one lucky band the chance to play at the Hard Rock Calling Festival in London, England. Oh, and did we mention that you could win a trip to London too?! Check it all out for just $5, which benefits the Music Drives Us Foundation.

BMS Saturday Night Spotlight Series at Copperfields on Saturday: Join us at the downstairs room at Coppefields for some great tunes from Street Credit, Call 2 Consciousness, The Relics, The Displayers and The Andersons all for just $10.

Passion Pit at Brandeis University on Sunday: Last year, the kids in Waltham hosted The Decemberists but this year they are going more local with 2009 BMS Band of the Year Passion Pit. Check them out for free on the campus lawn (yes – it’s open to the public) with support from Streetlight Manifesto, Chiddy Bang and Man Man.

Our Music Picks

Friday

Corrine Bailey Rae at the House of Blues: After a tumultuous couple of years following her husband’s death, Bailey Rae is back with a new album titled, The Sea, which we’re sure will float and not sink. Tickets are still available for $25 and $35.

The Album Leaf, Sea Wolf at the Paradise Rock Club: Both of these bands are touring in support of recently released albums so it’ll be new tunes all around. Tickets are $13.

Tom Paxton at Club Passim: 72-year-old Paxton has been at it for a long time now and in recent years he’s mostly spent his time singing protest songs about the government. See if he’s any happier these days for $40.

Bullet For My Valentine at the Palladium
: The Palladium always hosts some of the best hard rock and metal shows in the state. Sometimes we wonder how the place is still standing? Head out to Worcester to see Bullet For My Valentine as they try to bring the place down with new tracks off of Fever. Tickets are $22.

Saturday

Sia at the House of Blues: Sia is one busy woman. She recently worked on friend Christina Aguilera’s new album but also found time to write one of her own. Catch songs off the new album, We Are Born, before you can own them in June. Tickets are $23.

White Rabbits at the Paradise Rock Club
: There are plenty of reasons to love White Rabbits, whether it’s their own music, their covers, or how they often switch instruments during a show. We just hope they don’t hurt themselves scrambling around the Paradise’s tiny stage. Tickets are $15 and also get you in to see buzz-worthy Here We Go Magic.

Thursday, Converge at the Palladium: What did we just say about the Palladium having hosting some of hardcore’s best? Catch Thursday with Salem’s own Converge for $22.

Nomad-I at the Middle East Downstairs: A little reggae when the weather is nice always sounds good to us. Actually, a little reggae whenever always sounds good to us. Tickets are $15 and also get you in for Flash Gordman, Fear Nuttin Band, Doctors of Flight and Raw Ambition.

Delbert McClinton at Showcase Live: Delbert McClinton may be an aging musician but unlike most, he’s written some the best work of his career this past decade. Seems like a perfect time to go see him. Tickets are $28.50.

Sunday

Adam Ezra Group at Blue Ocean Music Hall: As if you needed an excuse to spend a few bucks on local favorites the Adam Ezra Group, “The Ramble” is benefiting the relief efforts in Haiti. Tickets are only $15 and more information can be found here.

Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders at Great Scott: Like his Foo Fighters counterpart, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins can handle the vocals as well as the percussion. See Hawkins’ side project as they support their new release Red Light Fever for $15.

Honor Society at the House of Blues: “Here Comes Trouble”… or at least that’s what they’re calling their tour. Find out what kind of trouble the band from New Jersey has in store for Boston for $20.

Mick Taylor at the Narrows Center for the Arts (Fall River): The former Rolling Stones guitarist can still sling an axe. See one of the best bust out his famous bluesy licks for $31.

We The Kings, The Maine at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel: Catch a glimpse of the Warped Tour past and future as vets the Maine team up with We the Kings. Stereo Skyline, Cartel, and Artist vs. Poet will also appear. Tickets are $20.

Our Non Music Picks

Matt Brown Gala: An Evening of Faith, Hope, and Inspiration at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro: Norwood High hockey player Matt Brown was seriously injured in a game earlier this year that has left him paralyzed. Help raise funds for his recovery by heading to the star-studded benefit for $50 and bidding on one the many unique auction items on hand. For more information on the event and Matt, go here.

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