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

Enter the Haggis at The Center for Arts in Natick on Friday and at the Narrows Center for the Arts on Saturday: If you are still looking to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day season, you can’t do much better than these Canadian Celtic-rockers from Toronto who always put on a fun and energetic show. See them in Natick or Fall River for $25.

D-Tension at the Middle East Downstairs on Saturday: The longtime Boston hip-hop producer celebrates the release of his Secret Project album alongside the hometown artists that helped make it: Aaron Perrino of The Sheila Divine, Ad Frank, Jason Dunn of The Luxury, Liz Enthusiasm of Freezepop, Kevin Stevenson and Scott Pittman of The Shods, Alex Stern of The Sterns, Jen Kearney, Frank Morey and more! Tickets for the show are available for $10 in advance or $13 on the day of. Drab, Streight Angular and Parlour Bells will also perform.

Friday

Drive-By Truckers at the House of Blues: The pride of Athens, Georgia swing through Massachusetts in support pf their recently released twelfth album, English Oceans. Making the show extra special will be openers Blitzen Trapper. Tickets are available for $25.

Assembly Of Dust at the Paradise Rock Club: The jam band favorites continue to tour in support of 2013’s Sun Shot. Tickets are available for $18.

Deorro at Royale: The Los Angeles native has become one of the most sought after young producer/DJs in EDM, find out why when he hits Boston for $20.

“Rock The Village” Music & Style Show at the Brighton Music Hall: Allston Village Main Streets presents a night of fashion and music with the latter being provided by Abadabad, Moniker, The Broads and DJ Prescribed Vinyl. Tickets are available for $12.

RAC at The Sinclair: He’s topped the Hype Machine charts 22 times with official remixes of tracks by a plethora of big names. Now, he’s on the road to promote his first multi-track release of original material, Strangers. With all this hype, its no surprise this show is sold out. Prides and Speak will also perform.

Spirit Kid at Great Scott: See one of Boston’s best local talents as he celebrates the release of his brand new album Is Happening. Joining the party will be fellow local favorites Pretty & Nice and Andy Sadoway (of Bent Shapes). Tickets are just $7.

Jonathan Richman at the Middle East Upstairs: Whenever the Massachusetts native – and songwriter of the state’s “official rock song” candidate “Roadrunner” – plays a local show, you can count on an advance sell out. This time is no different.

Bobby Long at Club Passim: The English singer-songwriter stops in Harvard Square as he continues to promote 2013’s Wishbone. Tickets are available for $18.

Goosepimp Orchestra at Church: The local funk favorites take over Church for the first of two nights as they prep for the release of a new EP. Tickets are available for $15 or pick up a two-night pass in advance for $20.  Sexcrement and Riverhawk Party Band round out Friday’s bill.

Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott at Symphony Hall: The Celebrity Series of Boston brings the acclaimed cellist and pianist together for a night in Boston. Tickets range in price from $45 to $125.

Spyro Gyra at Scullers: The veteran jazz fusion band from Buffalo hits Boston in support of their latest album, The Rhinebeck Sessions. Go at 8 or 10 p.m. for $40. They’ll play another two shows on Saturday too.

Johnny A at the Narrows Center for the Arts
: Hot off the release of his brand new album Driven, the veteran guitar virtuoso performs in Fall River. Tickets for the show, which will also feature opener Jimmy Ryan, are available for $28.

The Mallett Brothers at The Met (RI): The Maine-based band and recent New England Music Awards winners for “Band of the Year” and “Album of the Year” will rock Rhode Island with help from Jay Berndt & The Orphans and Cactus Attack. Tickets are available for $10.

Saturday

Switchfoot at Royale: The veteran rockers from California return to Boston in support of their new album, Fading West. After their unexpected unplugged show last fall, we just hope the power stays on this time. Tickets for the show, which will also feature openers The Royal Concept, are available in advance for $25 or $27 on the day of.

Keb’ Mo’ at the Wilbur Theatre: As he preps for the release of his forthcoming album BLUESAmericana, the guitar virtuoso hits Boston for a sold out show.

G-Eazy at the Paradise Rock Club: The Oakland rapper is on the road as he gears up for the release of his new album, These Things Happen. See what happens when he plays the ‘dise with Rockie Fresh for $16.

Breathe Carolina at the Brighton Music Hall: Touring in support of their new album Savages, the Denver rockers play Allston with Jonny Craig, Ghost Town and Divided By Friday. Tickets are available for $18.

Mister Vertigo, The Luxury at TT the Bear’s Place: Guitarist John “Duey” Ducharme plays back-to-back sets with both of these local favorites before he embarks on “The Long Walk” next month. Blackbutton kicks off this early show at 6 p.m. Tickets are available for $9.

Elise Testone at the Middle East Upstairs
: The soulful singer-songwriter from South Carolina earned some national acclaim as contestant on season eleven of American Idol. Flash forward a couple of years and she’s on the road to promote her recently released debut album, In This Life. Tickets for this afternoon matinee are available for $12 in advance or $15 on the day of.

From Indian Lakes at Café 939: Taking a break from recoding their sophomore album, the California rockers are in the midst of a nationwide tour. Also performing at this Fenway Recording Sessions show will be The American Scene and Naive Thieves. Tickets are available for $12.

“Rock-n-Romp” at The Sinclair: Got kids? Like live music? Look no further than this awesome monthly series that brings some of the city’s best bands to The Sinclair for a family-friendly matinee show. This month’s show will feature Hallelujah the Hills and Man Alive!. Tickets are available for $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Bill Charlap Trio at the Regattabar
: The acclaimed jazz pianist, along with bassist David Wong and drummer Kenny Washington, closes out a two-night stand in Cambridge with shows at 7:30 and 10. Tickets are available for $25.

Mindless Self Indulgence at The Palladium: The New York band continue to promote 2013’s How I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit and Love Mindless Self Indulgence, their first album in five years. The Bunny The Bear and Deathmaschine will also perform. Tickets are available for $25 in advance or $28 on the day of.

Aztec Two Step at The Center for Arts in Natick: After over four decades together, the longtime New England favorites are still going strong. See Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman in Natick for $30.

Lee DeWyze at The Met (RI): The American Idol season nine winner returned to the spotlight last summer with the release of Frames. Joining him in Pawtucket will be Collington and Great Big Circles. Tickets are available for $10 in advance or $12 on the day of.

Los Lonely Boys at the Mohegan Sun Casino (CT): If you missed the Texan trio’s show at the Paradise earlier this week, then make your way to Connecticut for a fun day at the casino and the band’s free performance at the Wolf Den.

Sunday

The Sound of Animals Fighting at the House of Blues: The experimental rock collective, which consists of members of Rx Bandidts and Circa Survive, are back together after eight years and touring the East Coast for the first time ever. Tickets for the show, which will also feature openers Unwed Sailor, are available for $30 and $45.

MS MR at the Paradise Rock Club: The New York-based duo of vocalist Lizzy Plapinger and producer Max Hershenow continue to tour in support of their 2013 debut album Secondhand Rapture. Gang of Youths will open this sold out show.

Typhoon at The Sinclair: Touring in support of 2013’s White Lighter, the Oregon-based indie rock favorites close out a sold out two-night stand in Harvard Square. If you have tickets, be sure to arrive in time for New England favorite Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, as well as openers Wild Ones.

Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Symphony Hall: Led by conductor Gustavo Dudamel, the world-renowned orchestra is celebrating their 94th season with a special tour that concludes in Boston. Tickets for this matinee performance range in price from $45 to $130.

David Garrett at the Hanover Theatre
: The German pop-classical crossover violinist promotes his latest album Music, which features a wide range of selections from Beethoven to Coldplay and Justin Timberlake. Catch the unique performance in Worcester for $39.50 or $44.50.

The Irish Rovers at the Cary Memorial Hall
: Led by original member George Millar, the legendary Canadian Irish folk group are calling it quits after 50 years together. Enjoy their last show in Massachusetts when they perform in Lexington for $49.

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