Weekend Guide: February 18 – 20

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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

Blues at the Crossroads: Robert Johnson Tribute Berklee Performance Center on Friday: A tribute to one of the all-time blues greats featuring another Delta blues legend David “Honeyboy” Edwards, along with Big Head Todd and the Monsters and other special guests. Tickets are still available and range in price from from $25 to $50.

Dr. Dog at the Paradise Rock Club on Saturday & Sunday: The Philly retro-rockers are still on the road behind their latest release Shame, Shame and it’ll be a shame if you missed them. Tickets are sold out for Saturday’s show but a few remain for Sunday, pick them up fast for $22.50.

Our Music Picks

Friday

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic at the House of Blues: Make your funk the Pfunk and check out this legend for $29 or $39.

The Church at Showcase Live: Take in three decades worth of The Church as they perform three classic albums – Untitled #23, Priest=Aura, and Starfish – in their entirety. Tickets are $33.50.

Gene Dante & The Future Starlets at Church: For a great night on the town check out this “Winter Rock Formal”, which commences with a dating game before Gene Dante, Parlour Bells, Highly Personal Trash and DJ Dave Duncan keep the fun going all night. Tickets are $8.

Sarah Blacker at Club Passim: Catch this talented local gal as she celebrate the release of her brand new album Come What May. Tickets are $15 and Suzie Brown will open the show.

Akron/Family at the Brighton Music Hall: These guys are always good for some improvisation. See what they got up their sleeves as they tour in support of their recently released fifth album, Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT. Delicate Steve and local favorites Banditas Tickets are $12.

Underoath, Thursday at the Palladium: A pair of hard rockers hits Worcester as Underoath supports their latest album, Ø (Disambiguation), while Thursday looks back to play their 2001 album Full Collapse in its entirety. Animals As Leaders and A Skylit Drive round out the bill. Tickets are $22.

Slighty Stoopid at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel: The San Diego-based road warriors return to New England to bring some sunshine to Providence. Tickets are $30 and also get you in for openers Fishbone.

Saturday

Interpol at the House of Blues: The New York-based indie rockers hit the hub in support of their self-titled fourth album.  Making the show even more special will be openers School of Seven Bells. Tickets are $30 and $40.

The Civil Wars at Cafe 939: Riding a huge wave of buzz (notably due to an endorsement from Taylor Swift), the Nashville-based folk/Americana duo make their Boston debut. Tickets are just $12 and Glenn Yoder (of the Cassavettes) opens.

Rustic Overtones at the Brighton Music Hall: The pride of Maine return to Boston and team up with Boston standouts Love In Stockholm for a show that will surely get the crowd dancing. Get your tickets for $20. Bronze Radio Return will kick off the show.

Air Traffic Controller at Club Passim: Last summer, Air Traffic Controller beef up their sound with the help of The Aquavia String Octet. The show was a huge success and thankfully, they’ll repeat it on Saturday. Tickets are $13. Amy Petty will open the show.

Soul Asylum at the Mohegan Sun Casino: Even if you’re losing money at the tables you can’t complain when Soul Asylum is rocking for free. So sing along to classics like “Runaway Train” and “Somebody To Shove” when these 90’s favorites play a free show in the Wolf Den.

Sunday

Trey Anastasio & TAB at the House of Blues: Trey will be rocking both acoustic and electric sets on Sunday. Get your double dose of the Phish frontman for $39.50 and $55.

Wiz Khalifa at the Palladium: With “Black and Yellow” blowing up the airwaves it’s no wonder this one is sold out.

Tommy Stinson at Church: Check out a stripped down acoustic set with the former member of The Replacements and Guns ‘N Roses. Mike Gent opens the show. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on the day of.

Mitch Easter at Johnny D’s: Best known for his work as producer with the like of R.E.M. and Pavement, Easter hits Somerville for a rare show of his own.

Barefoot Truth at the Brighton Music Hall: The truth here is that just $13 gets you in to see one of New England’s best with help from openers Jackson Wetherbee Band and Tall Heights.

Marissa Nadler at Club Passim: Another local gal worth checking out. Catch Miss Nadler for $13 with Ryan Lee Crosby opening.

Hard Rock Cafe’s Battle of the Bands at the Hard Rock Cafe: The second night of round one features Gravitas, The Townies and Richard James. 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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