Music for your weekend

, Staff

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

HarpoonFest at the Harpoon Brewery on Friday & Saturday: Great local brews and awesome locally-bred bands including The Brew (of course!), Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents, Air Traffic Controller, Will Dailey and many more. Admission is $20, which includes a souvenir pint cup and one drink ticket. Get the full schedule here.

The Together Festival at Multiple Venues – All Weekend: If you are a fan of EDM, there is no better weekend to be in town thanks to the fourth edition of this ever-expanding festival, which has take over the city since last Sunday. From workshops to discussion groups and of course live performances, there is a plenty going on on. Among the live highlights Friday are Loudpvck and M|O|D at the Paradise Rock Club ($15), Art Department and Tamer Malki at Bijour ($20) and a late night set from Zombie Nation at Rise ($25), while Saturday’s highlights include Gold Panda at the Brighton Music Hall ($15) and Zomby at the Middle East Downstairs ($15). Get all the details here.

Radio 929’s EarthFest at the Hatch Shell on Saturday: The annual day festival from Radio 92.9 is the unofficial kick-off to summer in Boston. Enjoy a great day in the city with free music courtesy led by 90’s favorites Vertical Horizon, Cracker, Fastball and Camper Van Beethoven. Here at BMS, we are most excited for hometown favorites Gentlemen Hall (pictured at right), who are poised for even greater things in 2013. Get the full schedule here.

More shows for your weekend

Friday

Brad Paisley at the Comcast Center: The summer concert season officially kicks off in Mansfield with the country superstar. Touring in support of his brand new album Wheelhouse, expect to hear some new tunes along with plenty of old favorites and guitar slinging. Tickets for the show, which will also feature openers Chris Young and Lee Brice, are still available and range in price from $36 to $61.

Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band at the House of Blues: The veteran singer-songwriter and New England favorite returns to Boston with his Royal City Band to promote his new album The Beast In Its Tracks. Tickets for the show, which will also special guests The Felice Brothers, are available for $29.

Iron & Wine at the Berklee Performance Center: Touring in support of his brand new album Ghost on Ghost, Sam Beam stops in Boston for a sold out performance at Berklee. Opening the show will be The Secret Sisters.

Scott Tournet & Ver La Luz at the Brighton Music Hall: Best known as the lead guitarist for Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Tournet takes the center spotlight to promote his new solo release Ver La Luz. Tickets for the show, which will also feature opener Rayland Baxter, are available for $12.

Kurt Vile & The Violators at The Sinclair: The indie rock favorites hit Harvard Square to promote their new release Wakin on a Pretty Daze with a sold out show. Angel Olsen and Steve Gunn will open the show.

Ellis Paul at Club Passim: The local legend and acclaimed singer-songwriter is a staple at this historic club and if you haven’t yet enjoyed one of his performances here, make it happen for $30. Opening the show will be Rebecca Loebe.

Jimmy Ryan & Hayride at Johnny D’s
: The local mandolin virtuoso recently released a new album called Readville. Hear it live at this early show in Davis Square for $12.

Tinsley Ellis at the Narrows Center for the Arts
: The veteran blues rocker is touring in support of his new album Get It!, which you can pick up at his show in Fall River. Tickets for the show are available for $28.

Juicy J at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel (RI): With a new album Stay Trippy due this summer, the Memphis-bred rapper and one half of Three 6 Mafia hits Rhode Island. Tickets for the show, which will also feature opener A$AP FERG, are available for $25.

Saturday

KISS 108’s KISS Concert at the Comcast Center: Demi Lovato leads the Top-40 station’s day festival alongside the likes of Cher Lloyd, Ne-Yo, Taboo from Black Eyed Peas, Jason Derulo, hometown favorite Sammy Adams and more. Tickets for the show are still available and range in price from $25 to $175. Get the full lineup with set times here.

Alkaline Trio at the House of Blues: The veteran punk rockers from Chicago hit Boston behind My Shame Is True. Tickets for the show, which will also feature special guests Bayside and Off with Their Heads, are available for $21.50 and $32.

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires at the Paradise Rock Club: The 64-year old singer, nicknamed the “Screaming Eagle Of Soul”, hits Boston in support of his new album, Victim of Love. Find out why he’s earned the nickname and plenty of praise for his live performances for $20. Paul & The Tall Trees will also perform.

ZZ Top at the Lynn Memorial Auditorium: Touring in support of their first new album in nine years La Futura, the classic rock favorites hit Massachusetts for a sold out show in Lynn. The band also has sold out gig at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Friday.

Anamanaguchi at The Sinclair: Just a couple of days after the release of their sophomore album Endless Fantasy, the New York-based chiptune band hits Massachusetts. Tickets for the show, which will also feature openers Time Wharp and Infinity Shred, are available for $13 in advance or $15 on the day of.

Sarah Borges at the Lizard Lounge: One of our all-time local favorites, Borges returns with her full band to rock Cambridge with help from openers The Spampinato Brothers. Tickets are available for $12 in advance or if available, $15 at the door.

Savoy Brown at The Center for Arts in Natick: Kim Simmonds leads the longtime blues rockers to Massachusetts in support of their brand new live CD/DVD, Songs From The Road. Experience the real thing for $30.

Motley Crue at the Mohegan Sun Arena (CT): Take a ride on the “Wild Side” as the 80’s rock favorites hit Connecticut. Go early to not only enjoy a day at the casino but see the band receive their “Walk of Fame” star. Tickets for the show are still available for $59 and $79.

Survivor at Mohegan Sun Casino (CT): Not enough cash for the arena show? Well, you can check out Survivor’s free show in the Wolf Den. We’re sure hearing “Eye of the Tiger” live will help propel good fortunes at the tables or slots.

Sunday

SOJA at the House of Blues: The Soldiers Of Jah Army march onto Lansdowne Street as they promote 2012’s Strength to Survive. See the reggae veterans for $21.25 in advance or $26.25 on the day of. Los Rakas and Nahko & Medicine for the People will open the show.

Mickey Hart Band at the Paradise Rock Club: The Grateful Dead drummer leads his band back to Boston as they tour in support of their latest album, Mysterium Tremendum. Tickets for the show, which will also feature openers African Showboyz, are available in advance for $25 or $30 on the day of.

Tripping Lily at Club Passim: Check out the Cape Cod-based acoustic folk-pop quartet in Harvard Square and you’ll find out why their fanbase continues to grow with what is sure to be an enjoyable show for $15.

Gary Allan at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (NH): The veteran country singer’s new album, Set You Free, became his first to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 after its release in March. See if his live show can match the hype when he play’s New Hampshire for $40 to $80. Logan Mize will open the show.

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