Weekend Guide: February 25 – 27

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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 Pick

Boston to Austin at Brighton Music Hall on Sunday: Can’t afford to make it to Austin for SXSW next month? Well just head over to Alston for the official SXSW Boston Preview show thanks to the folks at Converse and the Weekly Dog. Tickets are just $5 for this stellar lineup featuring some of the city’s best: Mean Creek, Endless Wave, Static of the Gods, Dirty Dishes, Viva Viva, Banditas and Mystery Roar.

Our Music Picks

Friday

Galactic, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at the Paradise Rock Club: It’s a New Orleans all-star bash here in Boston as some of the Big Easy’s finest make their way to Boston for a sold out show at the ‘dise. Joining in on the jam will be Cyril Neville (of the Neville Brothers) and Corey Henry (Rebirth Brass Band).

Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social at TT the Bear’s Place: The New York-based rocker will perform his 2002 debut album, Fine Art Of Self Destruction, in its entirety. Also on the bill are Andrea Gillis Band and JJ Rassler & Thee Cuban Heels. Tickets are $12.

Asobi Seksu at the Brighton Music Hall: Any band that can be categorized as “Dream Pop” will always get our attention. Also on the bill are New York’s BRAHMS, who you can learn about in our Stepping into the Spotlight feature. Tickets are $12.

In Like Lions, Hazard Adams at Church
: In Like Lions are hard at work on a new album due this summer, but hopefully they’ll test out some of the new stuff at this show with fellow local standouts Hazard Adams. Tickets are $10 for this show which also includes Stroamata and Pray for Polanski.

The Noise 30th Anniversary Party at the Middle East Upstair
s: The local music monthly celebrates 30 years of championing the local scene with a big ole bash featuring Tijuana Sweetheart, Blow Your Face Out (J.Geils Band Tribute), Jason Bennett And The Resistance, Mark Lind of the Ducky Boys and Mike Savitkas of Death & Taxes. Tickets are $10.

Dave Mason at the Blue Ocean Music Hall: The Traffic guitarist is currently finishing up a new solo record so you can expect him to throw a few new ones in the mix with your old favorites when he plays in Salisbury. Tickets are $45.

Josh Turner at the Calvin Theatre: As if you needed an excuse to drop a few bucks on a Josh Turner show, here’s a great benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital featuring some great music. Brett Eldredge, Ashton Shepherd, and Steve Holy will take part as well. Tickets range in price from $25 to $97.90,

Saturday

Girl Talk at the House of Blues: The celebrated DJ will mash things up all night, throwing the weekend’s best party with just a laptop. Max Tundra and Junk Culture will be there for the festivities as well. Hopefully you have your tickets because this show is sold out.

Barrington Levy at the Paradise Rock Club
: The veteran reggae rocker pays a visit to the Hub as he continues to work on his first album since 2005. See if he sneaks any new tracks in for $22.50. Soul Rebel Project opens.

Southeast Engine at TT the Bear’s Place: The Athens, Ohio-based rockers hit Massachusetts in support of their forthcoming album, Canary. Learn more about the band here in our Stepping into the Spotlight feature. Also on the bill is Greg Lyon of The Beatings and Township’s Marc Pinansky, who celebrates the release of a new solo EP. Tickets are $8 for this early show before the weekly “Heroes” dance party with DJ Chris Ewen.

McAlister Drive, Endway at the Middle East Downstairs
: This show is unsurprisingly sold out thanks to the combo of local favorites McAlister Drive, Endway, and the CD release for Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library.

David Mallett at Club Passim
: Mallett’s songs have been recorded by some of the best, like John Denver and Pete Seeger just to name a few, but we think he does them just fine on his own. Tickets are $30.

Bobby Long at the Brighton Music Hall
: The British singer-songwriter makes his way to this side of the pond in support of his debut album, A Winter Tale. Check him out with local standouts Kingsley Flood for $15.

Rascal Flatts at the Verizon Wireless Arena
: These rascals recently collaborated with Justin Bieber, but we won’t hold that against them. Go see them with Luke Bryan and Chris Young for $24.75 to $59.75.

Sunday

Flogging Molly at the House of Blues on Sunday: The St. Patrick’s Day season is upon us and what better way to kick things off than with Flogging Molly as they make another go around on their “Green 17″ tour, now in its lucky #7th year. Tickets are available for $29.50 and $39.50.

Times of Grace at the Paradise Rock Club: A couple Killswitch Engage members former and current (Adam Dutkiewicz and Jesse Leach) combine their efforts in Times of Grace. You can also catch the hard rocking efforts of War of Ages, Straight Line Stitch, and Motherboar for $12.

Atomic Tom at the Middle East Downstairs
: These New Yorkers blew up last fall with a viral hit of them performing “Take Me Out” on the NYC subway with iPhones (if you missed it, check it out here). They will have their instruments for this show in Cambridge with a pair of Boston’s best in Gentlemen Hall and Gold Star Morning. Tickets for this three-for are $15.

The Toasters at the Middle East Upstairs: A 30th Anniversary is certainly a reason to celebrate. Enjoy the longevity of the Toasters as they rock with The Allstonians and Great Lakes for $15.

Lindsay Mac at Club Passim: Lindsay Mac’s strumming/slapping cello playing always reminds us of that “School of Rock” line: “turn it on its side and cellooo, you got a bass”. Tickets are $18.

Acoustic Africa at the Somerville Theatre
: Acoustic Africa is three of the continent’s best guitarists joining forces: Habib Koité (Mali), Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe) and Afel Bocoum (Mali). Tickets for this WorldMusic/CrashArts show are $39.

Hard Rock Cafe’s Battle of the Bands at the Hard Rock Cafe: The third night of round one features Jackson Wetherby, Auburn, In Like Lions and Gang of Thieves. 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.

The Sounds of Nashville at the Berklee Performance Center
: Berklee’s Signature Series continues with Great American Songbook: The Sounds of Nashville. Students and faculty will perform the songs of acclaimed American country artists Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe, Alison Krauss, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, and more. Tickets are available for $15 and $20.

Our Non Music Picks

Pawn Stars Gold & Silver Road Show at the Hanover Theatre on Sunday: The guys from Pawn Stars, one of the History Channel’s biggest hits, are on the road for a special show that will take you inside the world of the pawn business. Join Rick “The Spotter” Harrison, Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison and Austin “Chumlee” Russell on Sunday afternoon in Worcester for $40 to $125.

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday
: Who will take home the Oscar for Best Picture? We’re hoping for The Fighter but tune into ABC on Sunday night to find out.

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