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

Nine Inch Nails at the TD Garden on Friday: Led by Trent Reznor, the longtime rock favorites are back touring in support of their first album in five years, Hesitation Marks. Tickets for the shows, which will also feature openers Godspeed You! Black Emperor, are still available for $33.50 to $96.50.

Kingsley Flood at the Paradise Rock Club on Saturday: We always love when a homegrown band gets to headline the Paradise and this is bound to be a special night for a band that is truly – and deservedly so – on the rise. Tickets are just $15. Also on the bill are Toy Soldiers and Grace & Tony.

RadioBDC’s “Live on the Square” at Union Square on Sunday: The folks over at RadioBDC host an awesome afternoon of rock with hometown favorites The Sheila Divine, American Authors, Christian McNeill & Sea Monsters, Rhett Price and Speedy Ortiz. The free event at Union Square in Somerville gets started at high noon.

HONK! Festival – All Weekend: Now in its eighth year, the “Festival of Activist Street Bands” takes over the streets of Boston, Somerville and Cambridge with over 20 bands from across the globe. Get all the details, here.

More shows for your weekend


Bonobo at the House of Blues: Before the Red Sox get started on the ALCS, bass driven artist Simon Green (aka Bonobo) will get the party started on Landsdowne Street tonight. See him bumping his electronic hits for $25.

The Weeknd at the Orpheum Theatre: Up-and-coming R&B artist Abel Tesfaye will bring his grooves to the Orpheum for a show that’s sure to please. While we may think the Michael Jackson comparisons by some are a stretch, we would agree that his talent is undeniable. Tickets for the second of two nights on Hamilton Place are still available for $35 to $49.50.

Bell XI at The Sinclair: The Irish rockers have always enjoyed a strong following here in the Hub of Irish America. Touring in support of their new album Chop Chop, which was recorded in Connecticut, the lads from Dublin will rock Havard Square. Tickets for the show, which will also feature Nashville-based singer-songwriter Tristen, are available for $17.

Colin Hay at the Wilbur Theatre: The former Men at Work frontman hits the Wilbur with his solo material on the “Finding My Dance” tour. We hope there aren’t as many electrical problems as there were for the Switchfoot show for the man from down under!

Mark Lanegan at Royale: The former member of Screaming Trees and the Queens of the Stone Age heads out on on the open road promoting his new album, Imitations. Tickets are still available for $27. Sean Wheeler and Zander Schloss will also perform.

The Walkmen at the Paradise Rock Club: They impressed at the first Boston Calling festival earlier this year, so we’re expecting even better when the New York City rockers hit the more intimate confines of the ‘dise to promote Heaven. Oberhofer and Kidd Drunkadelic will also perform. The event is free to attend if you RSVP in advance here.

Shemekia Copeland at the Blue Ocean Music Hall: The veteran blues favorite brings her soul-filled blues favorites to Salisbury. Tickets are still available and range in price from $19.50 to $39.50.

Jackie Evancho at the Hanover Theatre: The 13-year old former “America’s Got Talent” runner-up brings her prodigal talent to Worcester for what figures to be an amazing night of classical music. Tickets are still available and range in price from $47.50 to $77.50.

Boyz II Men at the Twin River Event Center: After touring with New Kids On The Block earlier this year, the R&B legends are back on the road for a headlining tour of their own. Hit the Rhode Island casino and see them show off their pipes and expansive catalog for $30.75.

Selena Gomez at the TD Garden: The pop star brings her “Stars Dance” tour to Boston for a night at the Garden. Tickets are still available, so “Come and Get It” for $43.90 to $82.75.

Ian Anderson at the Citi Wang Theatre: The Jethro Tull frontman will be bring his famous, unique sound to the Wang for what promises to be a great evening featuring full performances of 1972’s Thick as a Brick and last year’s Thick as a Brick 2. Tickets are still available and range in price from $38.75 and $85.

The Naked And Famous at the House of Blues: The New Zealand band brings “Young Blodd” to rock the House of Blues. If you just can’t get all those great songs from the latest FIFA soundtrack out of your mind, you can now see them live. The Colourist will open and tickets are available for $25 and $45.

Badfinger at the Blue Ocean Music Hall: If you are still haunted by the “Breaking Bad” finale, you can come listen to Badfinger play “Baby Blue” live and think about meth for a while. Tickets are available for $29 for $39.

Michael Feinstein Trio at the Hanover Theatre: The multi-platinum selling, 5-time Grammy Award-winning artist stops in Worcester for a show filled with his classy jazz hits. Tickets are still available and range in price from $38 to $68.

Vanessa Carlton at The Center for Arts in Natick: You don’t have to “walk a thousand miles” to see this beautiful piano-pop star, who comes to town with plans on promoting her most recent album, Rabbits on the Run. Tickets for this intimate show are still available for $38.

Hey Marseilles, The Apache Relay at the Brighton Music Hall: A co-headliner in Brighton as the Seattle-based rockers promote Lines We Trace, while the Nashville outfit promotes American Nomad. Tickets for the show are available for $15.

Ra Ra Riot at the House of Blues: The Boston area has been like a second home for this group from Syracuse. Give them the usual warm welcome back as they hit town behind their latest album, Beta Love. Tickets are $25.

Cocorosie at the Paradise Rock Club: The French duo returns to the hub for another night of fun. Catch the sisters for $25 as they play tracks from their new album Tales of a GrassWidow. Busdriver will get the fun started for the evening.

Soja at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom: You “Don’t Wanna Wait” any longer for this show, so soldier on to New Hampshire and enjoy these reggae favorites with special guests and Massachusetts own Aer for $25.

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