Weekend Guide: May 6 – 8

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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

Guster at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Friday & the House of Blues on Saturday: Guster have a handful of New England shows scheduled for this summer but why not get started this weekend. Saturday’s homecoming show at the House of Blues is sold out but tickets are still available for Hampton Beach, so make the drive for what is sure to be an “Easy Wonderful” time.

The Luxury, Streight Angular at Copperfield’s on Saturday: With the way the Sox have been swinging the bats lately this may be the only thing that’s a hit in the Fenway area. In all seriousness, this is a great show for an even better cause: raising money for the victims of the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Also on the bill are Professor Pious, …The Alpha Echo, The Country Doctors and Gene Dante. Tickets are $10.

Bruno Mars & Janelle Monae at the Agganis Arena on Sunday: One is all over the radio, and one of them should be. Both of them have great hair. Catch the “Hooligans in Wondaland” tour for $33.

Our Music Picks

Friday

All Time Low & Yellowcard at the House of Blues: Both of these bands have new albums this year and are ready to get down to the “Dirty Work”. Get in on the action for $25 or $35 and catch Hey Monday and The Summer Set while you’re at it.

Family Force 5 at the Paradise Rock Club: Even if you have arachnophobia it will be hard to stay away from FF5’s “TORANTULA” tour. Tickets are $15. Stereo Skyline will open the show.

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons at the Wilbur Theatre
: Oh what a night you’ll have with the original Jersey Boy comes to town. Tickets for the last of his 4-night stand at the Wilbur are still available and range in price from $65 to $120.

Jesse Dee at the Middle East Downstairs: Take in this local soulman with Jordan Valentine & The Sunday Saints, B3 Kings, and PJ Gray for $15.

Ari Hest at the Club Passim: Join the A-team and see what this Bronx singer has in store for Cambridge. Take your pick of two shows for $20 each.

Deftones at the Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
: Deftones will be returning to the studio after their tour wraps up so maybe you’ll get a preview of what they’ll be working on. Tickets are $29.50 and $37.50.

Kansas at the Twin River Event Center: Take a break from the slots for some rock, then carry on you wayward sons. Tickets range in price from $25 to $35.

Saturday

Amon Amarth at the Paradise Rock Club: Catch these Swedish rockers at their last stateside show before they head back home. Tickets are $22.50.

Mystery Roar at Great Scott
: Take in the new grooves these local electro-rockers have to offer for just $9.

The Fiery Furnaces at the Lizard Lounge: Good things come in twos as this Brooklyn duo rocks a pair of shows on Saturday for $18 a piece.

Johnny A at the Center for the Arts in Natick: Watch this local guitar virtuoso work his blues magic for $30.

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott at the Narrows Center for the Arts
: At 79-years of age, the folk legend is still going strong. Take in some music history in Fall River for $22 in adavcne or $25 on the day of the show. Michael Troy opens the show.

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience at the Capital Center for the Arts: We caught Bonham’s tribute to the legendary rockers when it came to Boston last November. Find out what to expect here. Tickets range in price from $35 to $55.

Bon Jovi at the Mohegan Sun Arena: Richie Sambora won’t be there but that doesn’t mean you should miss the show too. Check out the rock veterans’ final New England performance until further notice at Mohegan Sun. Tickets are available for $135 and $210.

Sunday

Have Nots at the Middle East Upstairs: Have Nots launch a two-night stand celebrating the release of their brand new album on Sunday with help from fellow local punk favorites Razors in the Night, Side Effects, and Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One. Tickets are $12.

Foals at The Met: Foals last album was nominated for a Mercury Prize in their native UK, which if you don’t know, is a pretty big deal. Tickets are $15 for this show which also includes The Naked & Famous and Freelance Whales.

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