Weekend Guide: February 11 – 13

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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

Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band at the House of Blues on Friday: You may have heard of a “Valentine’s Day Massacre” but Josh Ritter is coming to town with Valentine’s Day “brawl”. Joining the fight will be Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit. Tickets are $25 and $35 for what should be a special show.

Winter campfire Festival at Club Passim on Saturday & Sunday: Make it a folk weekend as Club Passim delivers two full days of local and national artists as part of their annual Winter campfire festival. Tickets are just $15 each day. You can check out the full lineup here.

Our Music Picks

Friday, February 11

Tea Leaf Green at the Paradise Rock Club: The San Francisco-based band is heading east as they tour in support of their 2010 album, Looking West. See these jammers for $16.50.

Tragedy at the Middle East Downstairs: We normally don’t include any tribute bands in this feature but we can’t pass up on mentioning a group that deliver all-metal versions of Bee Gees songs. Check them out with The Timberfakes, who pa homage to Justin Timberlake, and My New Disaster (featuring Peet Golan from Waltham). Tickets are $15.

Kris Delmhorst at Club Passim: Catch this renowned local folk vet for $20 with Rose Cousins in support.

The Diplomats at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel: Whether you know them as The Diplomats or Dipset, you know that this group will deliver. Catch this hip-hop threesome for $25.

Toby Keith at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino: Honky Tonker Toby Keith rolls into town fully loaded behind his newest release, Bullets in the Gun. Tickets range in price from $85 to $125 and Eric Church opens.

Linkin Park at the Mohegan Sun Arena: Did you miss their show in Boston last week due to one of the many snowstorms? If so, head down to Connecticut, where we expect the band to thrive in the more intimate stetting. Tickets are available for $52.50 and $72.50.

Saturday

Joshua Radin at the House of Blues: You’ve heard Joshua Radin’s songs in almost every TV show/movie known to man but you can hear them live for $20 to $30.  Justin Nozuka opens the show.

Phil Vassar at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium: Vasser’s “Travelling Circus” is still going strong. Celebrate Valentine’s Day early and get in on the act for $27.75 to $53.75.

SOJA at the Paradise Rock Club: Virginia isn’t exactly a breeding ground for Reggae but SOJA is certainly the exception. Take in some grooves for $16.50. Mambo Sauce and Fear Nuttin Band open.

Cowboy Mouth at the Middle East Downstairs: Cowboy Up for $20 and see these New Orleans rockers with Dash Rip Rock.

Bad Rabbits at the Middle East Upstairs: With Cowboy Mouth taking up downstairs, Bad Rabbits will surely squeeze them in upstairs.  Grab your tickets fast to see one of Boston’s best for $12. Moe Pope and Ninjasonik open.

Naked on Rollerskates at Great Scott: Join Naked On Rollerskates for their CD release party. With Mellow Bravo and The Lights Out  joining in on the celebration, this show boasts some of the best local talent in the city. Tickets are $9.

Mason Jennings at the Brighton Music Hall: The veteran folk-rockers comes to town in support of his latest effort, The Flood, for a intimate solo performance in Allston. Marc Pinansky of  Township will open this sold out show.

Booty Vortex at the Village Smokehouse: Grab your honey and shake your booty as the Village Smokehouse in Lowell turns up the romance for Valentine’s Weekend with a 70’s love fest – Booty style. Take in the funkiest show in town for $10.

Escape The Fate at the Palladium: Touring in support of their third self-titled album, the post-hardcore rockers invade Worcester with help from Alesana, Motionless in White, Get Scared, and Drive A. $18 for five bands sounds like a great deal to us.

Sunday

Biffy Clyro at TT the Bear’s Place: These Scots can certainly rock.  See NME‘s nominee for Best Live Band with Moving Mountains for just $12.

Hard Rock Cafe’s Battle of the Bands at the Hard Rock Cafe: The first night of round one begins with the Jamie Alimorad Band, Move in Stereo, Full Thang and The Metal Band Amadis. The winner will move on to the finals next month, which could then lead to a spot on the bill at the Hard Rock Calling Festival in London. Admission is just $5 with proceeds benefiting the Music Drives Us Foundation.

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