Weekend Guide: October 29 – 31

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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 on how to spend your weekend.

Our Best Picks

BMS Friday Night Spotlight at Copperfields: Join BMS as we return to Copperfields for a showcase of great local talent. Tonight’s show will feature Evey’s Late Night Diner, Hard No. 9 and the Julie Sweeney Band and. Tickets for the 21+ show, which starts at 9 p.m., can be purchased at the door for $10.

Halloween Shows – All Weekend and Across Town: Of course, this weekend is Halloween and the tradition of many of the area’s best original bands paying tribute to some of their favorite artists continues this year. The tributes range from Madonna to The Pixies, The Beatles to radiohead and more. In fact, there are too many shows to mention in this space but you can get the full lowdown in this week’s Local News Roundup.

Our Music Picks


Frightened Rabbit at the Paradise Rock Club: It’s Halloween weekend and they’re called Frightened Rabbit but the only scary thing about this show is how someone could pass it up for $22.50.  Plants & Animals and The Phantom Band round out the bill.

Yonder Mountain String Band at the House of Blues: Last year, YMSB had to cancel a winter tour but luckily there have been no issues this year. See them perform tracks off their 2009 album, The Show. Tickets are avaialable for $22.50 and $29.50.

Target Cancer Benefit at the Artists for Humanity Epicenter: Support a great cause and catch great music from Kay Hanley’s new band Palmdale, Will Dailey & The Rivals and Mike Gent of The Figgs. Tickets are just $20 and benefit the TargetCancer, a Boston-based non-profit organization dedicated to raising research funding and creating awareness for rare and lesser known cancers. You can also join in for a cocktail party and silent auction for $125.

Richard Thompson at the Berklee Performance Center: Thompson released a live album of brand new songs this year called, Dream Attic. You don’t need the album when you’ve got the man himself in town… although we recommend picking it up as well. Tickets are $39.50.

Rebelution at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel: Catch these reggae rockers in Providence as they show you “The Bright Side of Life”. Tickets are $18. Zion I and Tribal Seeds will provide opening sets.

Indigo Girls at the Portsmouth Music Hall: These may be the only girls not dressed slutty this weekend. In all seriousness, these two are always a favorite in New England, so its no surprise that this show is sold out.


Railroad Earth at the Paradise Rock Club: The guys who play a bit of everything are in town in support of their recent self-titled album. All aboard for $22. Donna the Buffalo opens the show.

Hallelujah The Hills, Magic Magic at Great Scott: This two-for of local talent is quite the monster mash. HTH are getting ready to work on their third album while Magic Magic recently released the first of two new albums they’ve worked on this year. Tickets are $10. Boy Without God rounds out the bill.

Terri Clark at Showcase Live: Terri Clark visits the area for a solo acoustic show. Check out the veteran Canadian country singer for $27.60.

Guster at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel: Guster once again make a stop near home for Halloween. This time they have a great new album to show off called Easy Wonderful, which certainly lives up to it’s name. Tickets are $30. Jukebox the Ghost will open the show.

Rosanne Cash at the Duxbury Performing Arts Center: Cash hits Massachusetts in support of her 2009 covers album, The List, which features 12 songs from a lost of 100 essentials her father Johnny gave her at the age of 18. Tickets range in price from $35 to $55. For $85, you can also get a special meet and greet pass. Proceeds benefit the Dianne DeVanna Center for Building Stronger Families.

Bush at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino: Anybody going as a “Machine Head” for Halloween? Catch the recently reunited Brit-rockers as they preview tracks off their upcoming album, Everything Always Now. Tickets range in price from $30 to $50.


Florence and the Machine at the House of Blues: Take in a hauntingly beautiful voice via the UK’s Florence Welch this Halloween. This show may be the hottest in town this weekend, hence the sell-out. The Smith Westerns and Hanni El Khatib will open the show.

Big D and The Kids Table at the Paradise Rock Club
: What better way to spend the holiday than with these lively veteran Boson punk rockers? Forget trick or treating, take the kids to this all-ages show for $15. Rounding out the bill are Ashers, Hard Skin and Dead Ellington.

The Cult at The Palladium: Dark, gothic rock on Halloween? Sounds like a good fit. Check out Ian Astbury and co. as they tour in support of their new album, Capsule One. Tickets are $30.

Djavan at the Berklee Performance Center
: Bust out your dancin’ shoes and take in some samba beats via this Brazilian star. Tickets range in price from $30 to $65.

Soul Rebels Brass Band at Harpers Ferry: The last show ever at Harpers Ferry! Bid the rock spot a fond farewell (before it becomes the Brighton Music Hall in 2011) as you enjoy “Soul-A-Ween”. Tickets are $15.

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