Weekend Guide: October 21 – 23

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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

Mean Creek at Brighton Music Hall on Friday: The nominees for the 2011 Boston Music Awards were revealed earlier this week and not surprisingly Mean Creek received 3 including Artist of the Year. Find out why everyone loves these local rockers when they play Allston Rock City for just $10. Also on the bill are local standouts Age Rings, Static Of The Gods, Young Adults.

The Low Anthem at the Someville Theatre on Friday
: Before taking some much deserved time off, one of our favorite New England groups will close out their latest headlining tour with a big show in Davis Square, which they plan on recording for a live release. Join the fun for $19. Joe Pug will open the show.

Mohegan Sun’s 15th Anniversary – All Weekend: Winning or losing, we always seem to have down in Uncasville. This weekend, the big casino celebrates their 15th anniversary in style with a plethora of activities and its well worth the drive to join in on the fun. Among the highlights are a one-time-only performance from pop star Jennifer Lopez in the Arena. But if you can’t afford the tickets ($85 and $125), then take in Stephen Stills (Friday) or Dierks Bentley (Saturday) at the Wolf Den for free!


Our Music Picks

Friday

Smashing Pumpkins at the Orpheum Theatre: The name “Smashing Pumpkins” should be used loosely since it’s really only Billy Corgan, but the music will be all Pumpkins. Tickets are sold out.

Soulive at the House of Blues: It seems like Soulive are always on tour. It also seems like they always put on a great show so go check them out with Lettuce for $25.

North Mississippi Allstars at the Paradise Rock Club: With no Black Crowes to split time with it’s all NMA all the time now for Luther Dickinson. The band is back with Keys to the Kingdom. Tickets are $17.50. Alabama Shakes will open the show.

OFWGKTA at Royale: These guys are better known as Odd Future. Now that you know that you’ll understand why this show is sold out.

Gwar at The Palladium
: Is there a better band to have around during the Halloween season? Tickets are $22.

Chris Smither at the Center for the Arts in Natick
: Smither got his start in Cambridge in the 60’s and he’s still thrilling Boston area audiences nearly 50 years later. Tickets are $27.

Red Molly at the Narrows Center for the Arts: You’ve heard of Deadheads, and now you’ll meet Redheads if you head to Fall River this weekend. Tickets are $23.

Saturday

Sting at the Citi Wang Theatre: It’s “back to bass” for Sting so you’ll be hearing all your favorites stripped down to their classic sound. Tickets for the show, which also takes place on Friday, range in price from $51 to $151.50.

Amos Lee at the House of Blues
: It’s been a big year for Lee, with Mission Bell hitting #1 earlier this year. Go see one of folk’s biggest stars for $28 to $40.

Portugal. The Man at the Paradise Rock Club: Just another sold out show for this quickly rising West Coast rock outfit that has always had a strong following in Boston. Alberta Cross will open the show.

Black Francis at the Brighton Music Hall
: Also known as Frank Black and best known as frontman for The Pixies, Francis returns home for a solo acoustic show in support of his latest release, Abbabubba. Tickets are $20.

Butch Walker and The Black Widows at Royale
: Whether he’s producing a record or producing his own music, Butch Walker always knows what he’s doing. See what he’s up to for $18. Shovels & Rope will open the show.

J. Cole at The Palladium: With Cole World: The Sideline Story, he’s got one of the hottest albums on the charts right now which means this will be one of the biggest shows of the weekend. Tickets are $30.

Graham Parker at the Center for the Arts in Natick: Parker got together with The Rumor this year to record a new album. See if you’ll get any sneak previews when hits Natick for a solo show. Tickets are $26.

Carl Palmer Band at the Narrows Center for the Arts
: Take in the sounds of this acclaimed drummer, best known for his time in progressive rock heroes Emerson, Lake & Palmer as well as Asia, for $53.

Sunday

Cyndi Lauper, Dr. John at the House of Blues: It sounds like an odd couple until you hear their stuff. Give these two veteran acts a chance for $35 to $45.

Stephen Stills at the Wilbur Theatre
: After the successful Buffalo Springfield reunion, the classic singer-songwriter is back on the road for a solo tour. Tickets ranges in price from $30 to $45.

CSS at the Paradise Rock Club: These Brazilian rockers are touring behind their third album, La Liberacion. Tickets are $20. Men and EMA round out the bill.

Nils Lofgren’s Acoustic Duo at the Blue Ocean Music Hall: Bruce is on break so this E Street axer is back to doing his solo thing. Catch some acoustic numbers in Salisbury for $30 to $35. He’ll also play Fete in Providence on Saturday.

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