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

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals at the House of Blues on Friday & Saturday: The pride of Vermont rocks back-to-back nights in Boston as they promote The Lion the Beast the Beat. Both shows are sold out but if you do have tickets, be sure to check out openers Trampled By Turtles.

Mean Creek at Great Scott on Saturday: After the release of their new album, Youth Companion, the Boston rockers spent some time touring the West Coast. Welcome them home to familiar ground at Great Scott for just $10. Also on the bill are earthquake party!, Marconi and These Wild Plains.

2012 Boston Music Awards at the Liberty Hotel on Sunday
: A night to celebrate Boston’s best homegrown talent and there is so much to see. Among the many performers set to perform across three stages are Air Traffic Controller, Banditas, Young London, O Positive, Edo G, Streight Angular and Will Dailey. Tickets are $25 but going fast.

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Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe presents a tribute to the Beastie Boys at Royale: The funk and jazz saxophonist leads a tribute to hip-hop legends the Beastie Boys. Kyle, OG and Dela from Slightly Stoopid will participate, while Soulive’s Alan Evans will open the show.

Dinosaur Jr. at the Paradise Rock Club: The Massachusetts-bred alt-rock heroes return home as they promote their new album, I Bet on Sky. Tickets are $25 and we bet it will be well worth it. Tickets are $25.

Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons, Spirit Family Reunion at TT the Bear’s Place: Two breakthrough bands from this summer’s Newport Folk Festival team up for a co-headliner in Cambridge. Samantha Harlow will open the show. Tickets are $10.

Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents, Muck and the Mires at Precinct: A little soul and garage rock as two of Boston’s best rock Union Square in Somerville with help from fellow local favorites Lyres and New York’s The Recordettes. Tickets are $10.

Jack Ingram, Radney Foster at Showcase Live: Two country veterans from Texas make their way to Masschusetts. Join them in Foxboro for $25.

Jeff Foucault, Kris Delmhorst at The Center for Arts in Natick
: A pair of very talented singer-songwriters team up in Natick. Tickets are $24.

Gary Hoey’s Ho Ho Hoey Christmas at the Blue Ocean Music Hall: The renowned guitarist and Lowell native returns to the Massachusetts as part of his annual Rockin’ Holiday tour. Fans can expect plenty of tunes off his popular Ho Ho Hoey series of Christmas albums for $25.

Dave Mason at the Shalin Liu Performance Center: The guitar great and former Traffic member goes unplugged for a performance at this beautiful intimate venue in Rockport. Tickets range in price from $19 to $39. Local favorite Eric Reardon will open.

Hall & Oates at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino (CT): The 70’s/80’s hit-makers are back together again and will have you singing along all night to their catalogue of hits. But will they make you a rich girl at the casino? Hit the slots or tables and then the show for $35 to $60.


Ian Hunter and The Rant Band at the Paradise Rock Club: At 73, the English singer is still going strong and just released a new album called When I’m President. Tickets are $25.

David Wax Museum at Royale: As The Sinclair construction delays continue, these local standouts will look to take on the more expansive space at Royale. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 on the day of. Radio Jarocho will open the show.

Men Without Hats at Showcase Live: The New Wave favorites from Montreal returned earlier this year with their first new album in almost ten years, Love in the Age of War. Hear the new stuff with the classics in Foxboro for $20 to $25. Right the Stars will open the show.

Anais Mitchell at the Brighton Music Hall
: The Vermont-bred singer-songwriter continues to tour in support of her latest album, Young Man in America. See her with Rachel Ries for $15.

“Boston Facial Hair Fiasco II” with Township at Church: For those that survived “Movember”, we suggest before shaving, you celebrate at this show. Local standouts Township join White Dynomite, Coyote Kolb and The Life Electric for what should be a memeorable night. Tickets are $10 and there will be prized for best facial hair in several different categories.

Rita Coolidge at the Narrows Center for the Arts: The veteran singer just released a new album called A Rita Coolidge Christmas. Hear it live in Fall River for $45 in advance or $50 on the day of.

One Direction at the Mohegan Sun Arena (CT): The boy band sensations close out a two-night stand at Mohegan Sun. Of course, tickets for their lone stop in New England are long gone.

Celtic Woman at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino (CT)
: The all-female Irish ensemble recently released their second Christmas album, Home for Christmas. They’ll celebrate it with a quick stateside tour that makes one stop in New England. Enjoy a day at the casino and then a show with holiday classics for $45 to $65


Boys Noize at the House of Blues: The German EDM favorite will get fans moving when he brings his “Out of the Black” tour to Lansdowne Street. Tickets are $25.

Public Enemy at Royale: The legendary hip-hop group leads the “Hip Hop Gods Classic Tourfest Revue” alongside X Clan, Monie Love, Schoolly D, Leaders of the New School. Tickets are available for $25.

X at the Paradise Rock Club: The veteran punk rockers from Los Angleses hit Boston with help Reverend Horton Heat. Tickets are $25 and Not In The Face will get things started.

Twin Sister, School of Seven Bells at TT the Bear’s Place
: Another casualty of the delayed Sinclair opening, these two rising indie rockers will now rock TT’s with help from Moon King. Tickets are $15 in advance or $17 on the day of.

Asher Roth at the Brighton Music Hall: The rapper from Pennsylvania who penned the 2009 hit “I Love College” hopes the students on Comm. Ave. walk down the street to Allston for his show with Kids These Days, Jesse Boykins III and Jesse Marco. Tickets are $18.

The Smashing Pumpkins at Mohegan Sun Arena (CT): Billy Corgan and company hit Connecticut after Hurricane Sandy forced the band to postpone their show last month. The new-look band will deliver their new album Oceania in its entirety, along with a second set of greatest hits and fan favorites. Tickets are $25.

Brian Setzer Orchestra at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino (CT)
: Swing into the holiday season when the veteran group brings their 9th annual Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza tour to Connecticut for their only show in New England. Tickets range in price from $20 to $40.

Natalie MacMaster at The Music Hall in Portsmouth (NH): The fiddle sensation brings her “Christmas in Cape Breton” show to New Hampshire for an afternoon matinee and evening performance. Tickets are available for $35 and $44.

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