Weekend Guide: February 10 – 12

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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

New England Blues Festival at Blue Ocean Music Hall on Saturday: The 3rd Annual New England Winter Blues Festival brings The Get Backs, Mr. Nick & the Dirty Tricks, The Lydia Warren Band and The Ten Foot Pole Cats for what is sure to be one great night. Tickets are $22.50 but going very fast.

Children’s Hospital Battle of the Bands at Hard Rock Cafe on Sunday: Catch some great teen bands for an even better cause, as well as an appearance by Girls, Guns and Glory for $20.

Friday

Umphrey’s McGee at House of Blues: Always a big hit with the college crowd, the Chicago jam band returns to the Hub in support of their new album, Death By Stereo. Get your tickets for $25 or $35.

Die Antwoord at Paradise Rock Club: After making a name for themselves with “Enter the Ninja” a few years ago, this South African hip-hop crew is back at it with Ten$ion. This show is sold out but we are giving away a pair of tickets, here.

Rumer at Brighton Music Hall: Nominated for a pair of Brit Awards last year (Best British Breakthrough Act and Best British Female Solo Artist), see why this soulful songstress is beloved on the side of the pond. Local artist Glenn Yoder, formerly of Cassavettes, opens the show. Tickets are $18.

Chamberlin at Café 939: These Vermont-based folk-rockers are on the rise after the release of their debut album, Bitter Blood. Expect to hear some unique covers too courtesy of their Cabin Covers EP. Tickets are $12 with Tall Heights and The Milkman’s Union opening the show.

Kris Delmhorst at Club Passim: The local folk veteran returns to Harvard Square for a pair of shows at Club Passim on Friday. Join her at 7 or 10 p.m. for $20.

George Clinton & P-Funk at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel: If you missed the show last night in Boston, make your funk the P-funk down in Providence for $30.

Saturday

SOJA at Paradise Rock Club: See the Soldiers of Jah Army supporting their latest release, Strength to Survive for $25. Opening are Fear Nuttin Band and The Movement.

Andy Grammer at the Brighton Music Hall: Powered by the smash single “Keep Your Head Up” off his 2011 self-titled debut album, Grammer hits Allston for back-to-back sold-out shows on Saturday and Sunday. Also on the bill are Ryan Star, Action Item and Amy Kuney.

Sarah Borges at Toad: Ms. Borges will be doing her special brand of Country in Cambridge this weekend. As always, this Toad show is free.

Lifestyle, Casey Desmond at Great Scott: Local favorites Lifestyle host their “Valentines Masquerade” dance party with help from Casey Desmond and Streight Angular. Bring $10 and your finest mask for what is sure to be a good time.

English Dogs, The Casualties at the Middle East Downstairs: Punk rockers from the UK team up with fellow punk vets from New York with help from Toxic Holocaust and Havok. Tickets are $16 in advance or $20 on the day of.

Veronica Falls at Radio: London-based indie rockers hit Somerville in support of their 2011 self-titled debut album. San Francisco’s Brilliant Colors will open the show.

Sunday

Yasmin Levy at Berklee Performance Center: See this Israeli artist blend genres and instruments you don’t hear every day for $28 to $37.

Darrell Scott at Club Passim: The veteran singer-songwriter, who spent time with Robert Plant’s Band of Joy, returns to Boston to celebrate the release of his new album, Long Ride Home. Check him out at 5 or 7:30 for $25.

The Ataris at Middle East Upstairs: You can catch the afternoon (1 p.m.) or evening (8 p.m.) show, both of which are $15. The Queers and Far From Finished serve as openers.

Me Talk Pretty, Hawthorne Heights at The Palladium: New York’s Me Talk Pretty hits Worcester in support of their debut album We Are Strangers, while veterans Hawthorne Heights continue to back 2010’s Skeletons. Rounding out the bill are Madina Lake, Young Electric, Arrows Over Athens, Speaker For The Dead and Man On Earth. Tickets are $14.

Our Non Music Picks

David Spade at the Wilbur Theatre: The veteran comedian hits Boston for a night of stand-up. Tickets range in price from $47 to $57.

The Whitest Kids U’ Know at Royale on Friday: After five years on television, the acclaimed sketch comedy troupe is on the road. See them at Boston’s Royale for just $15.

Lowell’s Winterfest – All Weekend: Plenty of fun things to do for all ages this weekend in Lowell as the annual Winterfest takes over the Mill City. From food to arts, music to sports, and even the National Human Dogsled Competition, we’re sure you’ll find something fun to do. Get the full schedule of events, here.

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