Weekend Guide: March 9 – 11

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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 Saw Doctors at the House of Blues on Friday: Start your St. Patrick’s Day celebration early with the Saw Doctors, where every show is a party. Tickets are $29.50 to $45 and local favorite Roy Sludge opens.

Sarah Blacker at Club Passim on Friday: One of Boston’s best, singer-songwriter Sarah Blacker celebrates the release of her new EP, Perfectly Imperfect, with two shows in Harvard Square. Making the show extra special will be an opening set from fellow local standouts, Air Traffic Controller with their String Quartet. Go at 7 or 10 p.m. and pay just $15.
Our Music Picks

Friday

Todd Snider at Paradise Rock Club: Considering he’s touring behind an album titled Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables, this show could be interesting. Kevin Kinney opens. Tickets are $20.

Bombay Bicycle Club at Middle East Downstairs: These Brit rockers hit town with new tunes off A Different Kind of Fix. This show, with openers The Darcys and Lucy Rose, is sold out.

Anti-Flag at Brighton Music Hall: A politically-charged band touring during an election year = You may hear a message or two at this show. Tickets are $16. The Flatliners and local standouts Have Nots round out the bill

Lila Downs at the Berklee Performance Center: The veteran Mexican singer-songwriter makes her way to Boston thanks to the World Music/CRASHarts series. Tickets range in price from $30 to $42.

Celtic Woman at the Wang Theatre: The darlings of PBS begin a two-night stand in Boston as they tour in support of their latest album, 2011’s Believe. Tickets range in price from $48.75 to $78.75.

They Might Be Giants at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel: Always a favorite in this area, make your way to Providence and catch the always fun They Might Be Giants. Tickets are $25 and Jonathan Coulton will open the show.

Saturday

Los Amigos Invisibles at Paradise Rock Club: Get movin’ with these funk rockers from Venezuela. DJ Afro and DJ Christian Hinojosa will also spin some jams. Tickets are $22.

Altan at the Somerville Theatre: More pre-St. Patrick’s Day fun as the pride of Donegal hit Davis Square. Tickets are $28.

John K Samson & The Provincial Band at the Brighton Music Hall: Best known as the frontman for The Weakerthans, Samson hits Boston in support of his full-length debut album, Provincial. Tickets are $15 and Shotgun Jimmie opens.

Rotary Club at P.A.’s Lounge: Led by Boston native Tom Devaney (formerly of Bulkhead and Betwixt), these New York-based rockers hit Somerville to celebrate the release of their new album, Second Year In Swine. Tickets are $10. Frost Heave, Minor Three and Grubstake round out the bill.

The Kooks at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel: If you want to hear some good ole Britpop this weekend, then head down to Providence on Saturday as The Kooks hit Rhode Island behind Junk of the Heart. Tickets are $22. Morning Parade and Yawn will open the show.

Sunday

Van Halen at TD Garden: Dance the night away with Diamond Dave and the gang, that is, if you got tickets already because this show has long since been sold out. Kool & The Gang will open the show.

Our Non Music Picks

The Dan Band at Wilbur Theatre on Saturday: Music meets Comedy. You know and love them from “Old School” and “The Hangover”. See them live for $25.

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