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

Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble Finals at TT the Bear’s Place on Friday: After 24 bands started, the 34th annual rumble is down to three: Glenn Yoder and the Western States, Eddie Japan and Twin Berlin. Who will take home the crown? Find out for $12. Also performing will be special guests The Dogmatics (Rumble Class of 1985).

Ghosts of Jupiter, Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck at the Brighton Music Hall
: Two of New England’s finest bands team up in Allston Rock City to celebrate new releases. Also on the bill are Northampton’s Orange Television. Tickets are available for $16.

John Brown’s Body at the Paradise Rock Club on Saturday: The Boston-bred reggae veterans celebrate the release of their long-awaited new album, Kings And Queens. Tickets for the show, which will also feature openers Dub Trio, are available for $20.

Dropkick Murphys, State Radio at the House of Blues on Sunday: The hometown favorites quickly put together this benefit for the victims of the tragic Boston Marathon bombings. Also on the bill are Big D & The Kids Table, The Parkington Sisters, Old Brigade and Barroom Heroes. Tickets for the show are sold out but you can still support the cause by purchasing one of DKM’s “For Boston” charity t-shirts here.

More shows for your weekend

Friday

Jim James at Royale: Touring in support of his brand new solo album Regions of Light and Sound of God, the My Morning Jacket frontman stops in Boston for a sold out show. Cold Specks will also perform.

Bassnectar at the House of Blues: The dubstep favorite closes out a two-night stand on Lansdowne Street. Join the dance party for $32.50 or $50. Thriftworks and Archnemesis will also perform.

JJ Grey & Mofro at the Paradise Rock Club: The Florida-bred southern rock favorites hit Boston in support of their new album, This River. A limited number of tickets for the show, which will also feature openers Eric Krasno Band, are available for $25.

All Time Low at the Tsongas Center: Joined by special guests Pierce The Veil, the pop-punk rock favorites hit Lowell in support of Don’t Panic. Tickets for the show, which will also feature openers Mayday Parade and You Me at Six, are available for $29.

Gretchen Wilson at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill: The “Redneck Woman” stops in Foxboro as she promotes Right on Time. A limited number of tickets remain available for $30.

Ben Rector at The Sinclair: With a new album due later this year, the singer-songwriter is back on the road. Hopefully, he’ll preview some of the new songs in Cambridge when he plays this sold out show at Alpha Rev.

“Backyard Block Party” at the Middle East Downstairs: Rep Records, a student run label at Boston University host this showcase featuring performances by Frank & Dependent, Orca Orca, The Rare Occasions and Anjimile. Tickets for the show are $10 with proceeds benefiting The Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for Research.

Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters at the Blue Ocean Music Hall: The New England blues staples rock Salisbury Beach. Tickets are available for $25.

Aaron Freeman (of Ween) at the Narrows Center for the Arts: The former frontman for Ween continues to tour in support of his debut solo album, 2012’s Marvelous Clouds. Tickets are available for $28.

Jon Butcher Axis at the Hanover Theatre
: The 80’s Boston rock trio are back! Guitar virtuoso Jon Butcher and orginal bassist Chris Martin are working on a new album with drummer John Muzy. See the band’s return to the stage in Worcester for $26 to $46. Also on the bill are The Fools and August.

Alabama at the Oaskdale Theatre (CT): The country legend’s 40th anniversary makes its lone stop in New England with this show in Wallingford, Connecticut. Tickets for the show range in price from $45 to $75.

Saturday

How To Destroy Angels at the House of Blues: Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor leads his side project to Boston for a sold out show on Lansdowne Street.

Steven Wilson at the Berklee Performance Center
: The founder and frontman of Porcupine Tree is back with a new solo album, The Raven that Refused to Sing (And Other Stories). Tickets range in price from $27.50 to $45.

Black Francis at The Sinclair on Saturday: The Pixies frontman returns home for a sold out show with opener Dennis Crommett.

Sara Evans at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (NH)
: The veteran country singer continues to tour in support of 2011’s Stronger. Opening the show will be Massachusetts own Ayla Brown. Tickets range in price from $30 to $56.

Reba McEntire at the Mohegan Sun Arena (CT): With no new album to promote, the country queen is expected to deliver a set packed with greatest hits and fan favorites. Tickets are available for $45 and $65.

Kris Allen at Mohegan Sun Casino (CT)
: If country isn’t your thing but you still wanna hit up the casino, you can always enjoy a free set from this former American Idol winner.

Sunday

Sara Bareilles at the Tsai Performance Center: With her highly anticipated third studio album due later this year, the singer-songwriter starts her “Brave Enough” acoustic outing with a sold out show at Boston University.

Billy Bragg at the Berklee Performance Center: The British singer-songwriter returns to Boston in support of his brand new album, Tooth & Nail. Tickets for the show, which will also feature Australian singer-songwriter Kim Churchill, are available for $31.50 and $36.50.

ALO at the Brighton Music Hall: The California bred jam-band hits Massachusetts with Sounds Like This. Tickets for the show, which will also feature openers Fruition, are available in advance for $15 and on the day of $17.

Aaron Carter at the Hard Rock Café
: The former teen heartthrob is reportedly working on his first new album in over a decade. See if he previews any of it in Boston for $20.

Tech N9ne at The Palladium
: The veteran rapper hits Worcester in support of his forthcoming album, Something Else. He’ll be joined by Brotha Lynch Hung, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Clahoun, Ritz and Ces Cru. Tickets for the show are available in advance for $27 and $30 on the day of.

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