BMS Weekend Guide: December 11 to 13

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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’ Winter Showcase Weekend: BMS is all over the city this weekend with a trio of shows that has something for everyone. We kick it off on Friday at Olivers Nightclub with The Hollow Sound, Fly Upright Kite, Polyethylene, Ten Foot Pole Cats, Barricades and Drew Schwartz. Then on Saturday night, its over to Copperfields where we’ll take over both floors with music from Griffon, Atlas Soul, Powderhouse, Bulletbreed, Mike Burke Band, The Turkeys, Mindset X and Jay Gagnon. Finally, we’ll be hosting an an all-ages show on Sunday at the Middle East Upstairs with One Step Away, Just Survive, The Bay State and Moe Pope. Tickets for each show are just $10 or send us an email and we’ll say Happy Holidays with free admission to Saturday’s show.

Our Music Picks


Will Dailey at the Paradise Rock Club: Catch this year’s BMA Singer/Songwriter of the Year as he spreads some good cheer with a little help from some friends. An incredible lineup of local talent for Will Dailey’s “Festivál Holidád” featuring The Luxury, Violet Nine, and Brendan Boogie will certainly set your spirits high. Tickets are $15 and fans are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy for Tots For Tots.

Chad Stokes at the Somerville Armory: The State Radio and Dispatch frontman hosts the second annual Calling all Crows Benefit shows this weekend in Somerville on Friday and Saturday. If you were hoping to see him play stripped-own versions of State Radio and Dispatch tunes in an intimate, sit-down setting, we hop you got tickets cause both shows are sold out. He’ll be joined by teh familer faces of Michael “Mad Dog” Najarian of State Radio and Pete Francis of Dispatch on Friday, while Stephen Kellogg will join him on Saturday. Lefty will perform on both nights.

Love and Theft at Showcase Live: This country trio, known best for their hit “Runaway”, has been impressing audiences everywhere they go. Although not yet a household name it appears word has spread in the Boston area because tickets are flying for this show. Grab them for $20 before they are gone.

Freezepop at The Middle East Downstairs: Freezepop have added two new members to the group with Friday coming as their debut. See how they fit into the ‘pop fold and catch a few new tunes for $12. The bill is rounded out by a trio of local favorites in The Appreciation Post, Plushgun and Televandals.

The Rhode Island Blues Reunion at Lupos Heartbreak Hotel: This group of veteran local blues musicians has a drummer named Mark Teixeira. Don’t worry; it’s not that Mark Teixiera, so you can still go in full support. Tickets range in price from $25 to $35.


Bang Camaro at the Paradise Rock Club: It’s been a rough go of late for Bang Camaro. First they were robbed of “Best Live Act” at the Boston Music Awards and now they’re losing founding member Bryn Bennett. Wish Bryn a fond farewell while you see why BC truly deserved that award. Tickets are $16.50

Slip Kid at the Hard Rock Café: Last time Gary Cherone’s tribute to the Who came around in was in celebration of “Tommy”. This time it’s for an even greater cause as Slip Kid is prepared for a night of rock to benefit the Autism Speaks charity. Tickets are $15.

Session Americana at Club Passim: The hometown favorites hit Cambridge for their Holiday Concert. They always impress so if you have yet to see them, catch them now for $20.

The Cliks at The Middle East Downstairs: Dresden Dolls drummer Brian Viglione just joined this group from Toronto, who will hit Boston in support of their new album, Dirty King.  Hunter Valentine and Mrs. Danvers round out the bill. Tickets are $10.


The “Rock ‘n Soul” Holiday Concert at the Regent Theatre: A wide array of local talent will come together in Arlington to present a concert to raise funds to support the Music Museum Of New England’s mission of preserving New England music history.  The diverse lineup features Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Willie Alexander, Charlie Farren, James Montgomery, Ernie & The Automatics, Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents, Andrea Gillis Band, Mike Gent and more. Tickets are just $18 and fans are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy for Tots For Tots.

Arctic Monkeys at the House of Blues: It may be a quiet Sunday in terms of variety but not in terms of rock thanks to Great Britain’s darling Artic Monkey’s bringing their sound to Lansdowne Street. This one is sold out.

Rooney at the Middle East Downstairs: There are two main reasons to go to this show: One, because it’s Rooney. Two, because their new album Wild One is only available at live shows. Tickets are only $15 (oh wait, that makes three reasons). Tally Hall and Crash Kings will open the show.

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