Weekend Guide: April 29 – May1

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Still looking to fill in your calendar for this weekend? Well, you’ve worked too hard not to enjoy you free time so here are some ideas – music and non-music related – on how to spend your weekend.

Our Best Picks

Kylie Minogue at the Agannis Arena on Friday: The International pop sensation makes her Boston debut as she launches the United States leg of her “Aphrodite Live 2011″ tour. Tickets to see the Aussie diva range in price from $53 to $123.

Rise Against, Bad Religion at House of Blues on Friday & Saturday
: It’s a passing of the torch as punk legends Bad Religion will more than warm things up for Chicago’s Rise Against during a two-night stand at the House of Blues. Both shows are completely sold out but if you can find a way in, make it happen.

Our Music Picks

Friday

Harry Connick Jr. at Colonial Theatre: The man who is just an Oscar away from an EGOT hits town after captivating Broadway for 15 sold-out shows. Tickets range in price from $36 to $146.

Further Seems Forever at the Paradise Rock Club: Chris Carrabba is taking time off from Dashboard Confessional to reunite with his first band. See the original crew for $25.

Low at the Paramount Theatre: It’s been a few years since Boston has hosted these indie rock favorites from Duluth, Minnesota. The band is back on the road to promote their new album, C’mon. Check them out in the renovated Paramount Theatre for $20. Marissa Nadler will open the show.

Spiritual Rez at Middle East Downstairs: Catch these local funk rockers as they celebrate the recent release of their new album, The Nexus. Fellow local favorites Gentlemen Hall will open the show., as will Dub Is A Weapon. Tickets are $15.

Yelle at Royale: The French electropop are sure to get the crow moving at Royale with help from openers French Horn Rebellion. Join in on the fun for $20.

Alan Jackson at the Mohegan Sun Arena: The veteran country superstar, who has topped the country singles charts 35 times and scored more than 50 Top-10 hits, makes his way to Connecticut. Join him for $40 and $60. Rising star Sunny Sweeney will open the show.

Saturday

Trail of Dead at Middle East Downstairs: Catch …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead as they hit town after releasing Tao of the Dead this past February. They’ll be joined by co-headliners Surfer Blood and openers True Widow. Tickets are $18.

Andrea Gillis at the Lizard Lounge: Andrea Gillis and her band celebrate the release of a brand new CD with two nights at The Lizard Lounge. Check them out with Banditas open on Saturday or Muck and The Mires on Friday. Tickets are $10.

Yacht at the Paradise Rock Club
: Get down with Portland’s Yacht for $15. Also on the bill are Light Asylum and Jeffrey Jerusalem.

American Babies at Great Scott: Check out Philly standouts Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, who come to town to show off their new album, Flawed Logic. Blue Mountain Bustdown and Full Twang round out the bill. Tickets for the 21+ show are $10.

Sunday

30 Seconds to Mars at Agganis Arena: Jared Leto and co. are back on the road, and although they haven’t released an album since 2009’s This Is War, they always keeps things fresh. Tickets are available for $29.50 and $35. Anberlin and CB7 will open the show.

Of Montreal at the Paradise Rock Club: Ok, so the name Montreal may not be so welcome around these parts after a hard-fought series between the Habs and the Bruins, but this band is will always receive a warm welcome. Tickets are $26.50. Painted Palms will open the show.

Hot Tuna at Showcase Live
: Led by Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen, veterans Hot Tuna are back in the spotlight with their first new album in over a decade. Expect to hear some new tunes off Steady as She Goes with a few old favorites for $35.

Third Eye Blind at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel: It seems Third Eye Blind are always in the area around this time of year. That’s fine by us though because Stephan Jenkins and company always deliver a rock solid show. Make the drive down to Rhode Island and take in the show for $30 or $35. Zander Bleck will open the show.

Stone Sour, Theory of a Deadman at the Mohegan Sun Arena: Stone Sour and Theory of a Deadman lead the 1st annual “Avalanche” tour to Connecticut for its only stop in New England. Also on the bill are Skillet, Halestorm and Art Of Dying. Tickets are $32.50. 

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