Music for your weekend

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Still looking to fill in your calendar for this weekend? Well, you have worked too hard not to enjoy your free time so here are some ideas on how to spend it.

Our Best Picks

Muse at the TD Garden on Friday & Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday: Touring in support of their latest album, The 2nd Law, the English rockers hit New England this weekend for two shows. See why many call them the best live rock band in the World when they play Boston on Friday and Uncasville on Saturday. A limited number of tickets for both shows, which will also feature Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro, remain available for $45 and $65.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble Preliminaries at TT the Bear’s Place on Friday & Saturday: The preliminary rounds of the Rumble come to a close this weekend. Coyote Kolb, The Field Effect, The Suicide Dolls and White Dynomite will perform on Friday before Parks, Jack Burton vs. David Lo Pan, Ruby Rose Fox and The Daily Pravda battle on Saturday. Tickets are $8.

New England Music Awards at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Saturday: Now its 2nd year, the New England Music Awards moves to the more expansive Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Along with the awards presentations, enjoy performances from Adam Ezra Group, Hot Day at the Zoo, Jessica Prouty Band, The Alternate Routes, Sarah Blacker, Air Traffic Controller, Veayo Twins and The Luxury. Tickets are available for $10 and $15. Earlier in the day, check out the free artist conference for guest speakers and panel discussions. For more information, go here.

Down Home Up Here Bluegrass Festival at the Club Passim on Saturday & Sunday: A two-day celebration of the best bluegrass from Boston and beyond. Tickets for each day, which will feature six sets, are available for $15. Saturday will include sets from Eric Royer, Mark Whitaker, Joe Lurgio & Meet the Prescotts, Whiskey Boys, Molly Tuttle and John Mailander, Bluegrass: The Band and Old Man Luedecke, while Sunday will include Flynn Cohen & Jenni Lynn Gardner, Andy Cambria & Laura Orshaw, Tricky Britches, Joe Walsh, Wes Corbett, and friends, Mark Kilianski and the Moonshine Ramblers, and Tony Watt & Southeast Expressway,

More shows for your weekend

Friday

Galactic, Toots & The Maytals at the House of Blues: Continuing their promotion of Carnivale Electricos, the pride of New Orleans team up with special guests Toots and The Maytals for a special show on Lansdowne Street. Tickets are available for $27.50 and $45.

Rodriguez at the Somerville Theatre: The subject of the Academy Award winning documentary “Searching for Sugar Man”, the singer-songwriter from Detroit has experienced a career rebirth at the age of 70. This show is sold out.

The Mavericks at Royale: The recently reunited country veterans are on the road to promote their first album in almost ten years, In Time. Take in their first show back in Boston for $30. Seth Walker will open.

Marc Broussard at The Sinclair: The Louisiana-based singer-songwriter takes a break from recording his new album and hits Harvard Square with some “Bayou Soul”. Tickets are available for $20. Courrier and Jamie Kent will also perform.

Skaters at the Brighton Music Hall: The New York-based rockers will release their debut full-length studio album with Warner Bros. records this summer. In the meantime, you can see them play Alston with Creaturos and Aykroyd for $12.

Gold Blood and The Associates at Church: Celebrating their first year together, they’ll be joined by fellow local favorites Old Jack, Three Day Threshold, The Few and Tigerman WOAH. Tickets are $10.

Mindless Self Indulgence at The Palladium: The New York rockers are gearing up for the release of their first album in five years, the fan-funded How I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit and Love Mindless Self Indulgence. See if the album title fits when the play Worcester for $28. Death Spells will open the show.

Doubtful Guest at the Bull Run Restaurant: Local favorite Siobhan Magnus of American Idol fame fronts this 90’s rock rebooted act alongside Tony Fredianelli (Third Eye Blind), Sammy Hudson (Everclear), Peter Klett (Candlebox) and Tommy Stewart (Godsmack). Make your way to Shirley and see their Massachusetts debut for $25.

The Fixx at the Center for the Arts in Natick: The English New Wave outfit returned last year with Beautiful Friction. See Cy Curnin and company in Natick for $40.

Graham Parker & The Rumour at the The Met: Graham Parker has reunited his original band the Rumour for their first album together in 31 years, Three Chords Good. Tickets for this show in Pawtucket are available for $40.

John Brown’s Body at the Fete: The Boston-bred reggae favorites will release their highly anticipated new album, Kings and Queens, on Tuesday. Hear it live in Providence for $15.

Willy Porter at the Tupelo Music Hall: Backing his 2012 Cheeseburgers & Gasoline EP, Mason stops in Londonderry as one of a handful of New England dates on his latest iteneirry. Tickets are available for $25.

Saturday

Mika at Royale: The British singer-songwriter delivers a special stripped down set accompanied by a pianist and guitarist. Tickets for this intimate performance are long gone.

Bonobo at the Paradise Rock Club: The English DJ is touring stateside in support of his brand new album, The North Borders. This show with Nickodemus is sold out.

Mike Nesmith at the Somerville Theatre: After The Monkee’s reunion tour last year, Nesmith has been recharged and is back on the road for his first solo tour in twenty years. Tickets range in price from $35 to $50.

B.B. King at the Hanover Theatre: At 87 years of age, the blues icon is still going strong. See one of the all-time best in Worcester for $47.00 to $77.00.

Debo Band at Johnny D’s: The hometown favorites are band you must see live to truly appreciate. Starting at 10 p.m., they’ll deliver two sets and debut some new tunes too. So head over to Davis Square and check out the 11-piece ensemble for $12.

Love Via Dance Machine at the Middle East Upstairs: With a new project in the works, the local favorites bid farewell with this all-ages matinee show in Central Square. Rounding out the bill are Weatherstar, Me Vs. Gravity, Move Out West, Benjamin Lemieux and Sienna. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on the day of.

Zozobra at Great Scott: Caleb Scofield leads the metal favorites back to Boston as they complete a tour in support their new album, Savage Masters. Kowloon Walled City and The Proselyte will open the show. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on the day of.

Stereo Total at the Brighton Music Hall: The Berlin-based multilingual duo’s latest single is “We Don’t Wanna Dance” but that will not be the motto at this show. Tickets for the show with Doom Lover are available for $12 in advance or $15 on the day of.

Zeds Dead at The Palladium: Out in Worcester, DC and Hooks will throw a dance party in support of their brand new album, Hot Sauce. Also on the bill are Figure, Nadastrom, Knowledge, Wubson and Voltran. tickets are available for $30.

The Proclaimers at The Center for Arts in Natick: Charlie and Craig Reid are still best known for their 1988 smash hit “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”, but the Scottish brothers have remained busy and are back touring stateside in support of 2012’s Like Comedy. Tickets are available for $25.

Natalie Cole at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Casino: Her first album of new material in over four years is expected to be released this year, so maybe she’ll preview it alongside the classics at this Connecticut show. Tickets are available for $40.

Sunday

Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau at the Berklee Performance Center: Mandolinist Chris Thile of Nickel Creek & Punch Brothers fame joins renowned jazz pianist Brad Mehldau for a night of “classical transcriptions, pop covers, and original songs”. Tickets for this special show are sold out.

Bobby McFerrin at the Symphony Hall: With a new album titled Spirityouall due next month, the ten-time Grammy Award winner performs a matinee show in Boston. Tickets range in price from $30 to $75.

Matt Costa at Brighton Music Hall: Singer-songwriter from Huntington Beach, California stops in Allston as he tours in support of his latest self-titled album. The Blank Tapes and Vadaveer will also perform. Tickets are available for $15 in advance or $18 on the day of.

On An On at Church: After winning over loads of fans at SWSX, the Midwest rockers hit Boston with Savoir Adore and Stepdad. See if they are indeed buzz-worthy for $12.

Parkway Drive at The Palladium: The Australian metalcore favorites hit Worcester in support of their latest album, Atlas. Tickets are available for $18 in advance or $20 on the day of. The Word Alive, Veil of Maya and While She Sleeps will open the show.

America at the North Shore Music Theatre: Expect a set of classics and covers courtesy of 2011’s Back Pages when Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell perform in Beverley. Tickets are available for $39.50 and $49.50.

Dala at the Bull Run Restaurant: The Toronto-based folk duo continue to promote 2012’s Best Day, which earned three Canadian Folk Music Award nominations. Tickets are available for $20.

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