Weekend Guide: April 6 – 8

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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

The Magnetic Fields at Berklee Performance Center on Friday & Saturday: Back with a new album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, Stephin Merritt leads The Magnetic Fields home for a two-night stand at Berklee. Tickets are $32.50.

Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble at TT the Bear’s Place: The preliminary rounds for the Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble comes to a close this weekend. Friday’s show will feature The Bynars, Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck, Brownboot and Pray For Polanski. Streight Angular, Motherboar, Sherman Burns and The Grinds will perform on Saturday. Tickets are $8.

Our Music Picks

Friday

Furthur at Citi Wang Theatre: Jam out with Bob Weir and Phil Lesh as they close out their two night stand in Boston. Tickets are available for $49.50 and $59.50.

Nada Surf at Paradise Rock Club: Nada Surf are back with their first album of original songs in four years, The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy. See if the new stuff was worth the wait for $25, and be sure to arrive in time for openers An Horse.

The Moody Blues at Hanover Theatre: The classic English rockers are back. Enjoy your old favorites in Worcester for $71 to $91.

Los Lobos at Narrows Center for the Arts: These veteran genre-blenders join forces with The Statesmen in Fall River. This show is sold out.

Average White Band at Showcase Live: The funk veterans from Scotland “pick up the pieces” again and cross the pond for another stateside tour that stops in Foxboro. Tickets are $30.

Dana Fuchs at the Bull Run Restaurant: The New Jersey native, who is best remembered for her role in the 2007 film “Across the Universe”, hits Shirley with Jon Diamond. Tickets are $20.

Entrain at Center for the Arts: As the weather warms, enjoy some sounds of summer with Martha’s Vineyard’s finest in Natick for $28.

Saturday

Of Monsters And Men at House of Blues: This show was originally scheduled for Brighton Music Hall but the demand was so great they moved it to HOB, and they sold that out too!

Gentleman Hall at Brighton Music Hall: With Of Monsters of Men moving their show down the road, it makes room for this local showcase featuring one of Boston’s best in Gentlemen Hall. They’ll be joined by fellow local favorites Freezepop and Art Decade. Tickets are $15.

Aer at Paradise Rock Club: Get in on the “Fresh Aer Movement” with these locals and you’ll get to see Ground Up, Guy Harrison, and K.I.T. as well for $15.

The War On Drugs at the Middle East Downstairs: The Philadelphia-based rockers hit Cambridge in support of their acclaimed sophomore release, Slave Ambient. Tickets for the show, which will also feature Ape School and Viva Viva, are $15.

Kevin Costner & Modern West at the Park Theatre: You’ve seen him on the big screen but why not see Kevin Costner up close when he brings his country rock band to Cranston, Rhode Island. Tickets range in price from $35 to $55 but are going fast.

Howler at Great Scott: The rising rockers from Minneapolis hit Boston in support of their debut album, America Give Up. Joining them will be local standouts Quilt and Maine’s The Civil Slingers. Tickets are $8.

Bombino at Johnny D’s: This young North African guitarist and songwriter was named iTunes’ “Breakthrough Artist of 2011.” Find out what he can do in the live setting for $20.

Winterpills at Café 939: These local standouts hit the Hub to promote their recently released fourth album, All My Lovely Goners. A Severe Joy and Sarah Walk will also perform. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on the day of.

Sunday

RJD2 at Paradise Rock Club: RJD2 may experiment with sound, but it’s always a successful experiment. Tickets are $20.

Harpeth Rising at Club Passim: Voted ‘Best Local Band in Nashville’ by the Tennessean, these four classically trained musicians will look to impress in Cambridge. Tickets are $12.

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