Weekend Guide: October 7 – 9

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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

Matt Nathanson at the House of Blues on Saturday: Show some “modern love” for Lexington’s Matt Nathanson as he returns to the Hub for a Homecoming show on Lansdowne Street. Tickets are available for $25 or $39.50 and be sure to get there early for opener Vanessa Carlton.

Local Rock at Radio – All Weekend: The new Union Square hotspot opens this weekend with stellar cast of local favorites. Friday’s show features The Rationales, The Organ Beats, John Powhida International Airport and Sidewalk Driver. Dirty Truckers, Watts, AM Stereo and Brownboot will perform on Saturday. Erin Harpe will perform an evening set on Sundaybefore Marc Pinansky celebrates a new EP release with help from Sodafrog and Dan Blakeslee. Admission for each of the shows is just $5. You won’t find a better deal anywhere!

Safetysuit at Patriot Place’s Rock The Plaza: Okay, so maybe this is a slightly better deal. Check out the Tulsa-bred/Nashville-based rockers for free as they tour in support of their forthcoming sophomore release, These Times. The concert, which will take place at 6 p.m., is the conclusion of this year’s Rock The Plaza concert series in Foxboro.

Our Music Picks

Friday

Madeleine Peyroux at the Berklee Performance Center: Take a jazz lesson from Ms. Peyroux at Berklee for $33.50 to $39.50.

George Thorogood & The Destroyers at the House of Blues: Not a ba-ba-ba-ba-bad deal with tickets to see the classic rock favorite priced at $25 to $35.

Ladytron at the Paradise Rock Club: Ladytron look to pull you in with the sounds of Gravity the Seducer. Tickets are $25. VHS or Beta open the show with Sonoio and DJ Chris Ewen rounding out the bill.

Susan Werner at Club Passim: See what all the “buzz” is about as Susan Werner tours behind her new album Kicking the Beehive. Tickets are $30.

Randy Houser at the Topsfield Fair: The rising country star continues to tour in support of his sophomore release, 2010’s They Call Me Cadillac. For just the price of admission ($12) to the fair, we call this a great deal.

Zeds Dead at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel: “Zed’s dead, baby”… but your night will be very much alive with this Electronic duo in Providence. Tickets are $20. Terravita and B. Rich will open the show.

Saturday

Beats Antique at the Paradise Rock Club: The best kind of antiquing there is. Tickets to see the San Francisco group with Filastine and Thornato & Tumi (Cumba Mela) are $18.

Jens Lekman at The Armory: Lekman released a new EP last month called An Argument With Myself and there’s no argument about his following in these parts with this show being sold out.

The Pietasters at the Brighton Music Hall: Get a taste of ska for with these veterans known for their energetic live shows for $15. Ronnie Ragona (of Lost City Angels and The Murder Mile fame) will open the show along with local standouts Mellow Bravo.

Gram InterNational IV at Johnny D’s: It’s Gram Parsons 65th birthday bash! Just pay the $10 cover at the door and enjoy the celebration with The Weisstronauts, Twang ’em High, Whiskey Kill, The Brooklyns, The Molenes and The Gilded Splinters.

Lori McKenna at the Center for the Arts in Natick: Catch the Stoughton-bred songstress, who released her latest album Lorraine in January, just a few towns over for $25.

Hot Club of Cowtown at the Narrows Center for the Arts: This swingin’ jazz group is touring behind What Makes Bob Holler. Find out for $23.

Allstar Weekend at the Topsfield Fair: The Disney Channel-bred pop rockers just released their second full-length album, All the Way. Check them out during a matinee performance with special guests Burnham for $15. Admission to the fair will cost ya another $12.

Mike Posner at the Topsfield Fair: The rising pop star is working the follow-up to his 2010 debut album 31 Minutes to Takeoff. See if he previews any of it when he its the Toppsfield Fair Arena stage for $34. Admission to the fair will cost ya another $12.

Kool & The Gang at the Twin River Event Center: This calls for a celebration. Tickets to see the R&B veterans range in price from $30 to $60.

Sunday

Hanson at the House of Blues: The boys are all grown up but they’ll still have you mmm-boppin’ all night as they hit town on their “Musical Ride” tour. Before you get your tickets for $30, go to the band’s website and tell them what album you want to hear in its entirety along with a set of hits and fan favorites. Charlie Mars will open the show

Pat Methany at the Somerville Theatre: The 17-time Grammy Award winner is certainly worth checking out for $34.

Saves The Day, Bayside at Royale: Save the date for Saves The Day this weekend, who team up with Bayside for a pair of shows at Royale this weekend. Saves The Day will headline Sunday, while I Am The Avalanche and Boston’s own Transit round out the bill. Only a few tickets remain at $20.

Trevor Hall at the Brighton Music Hall: Mr. Hall will be in the hall on Brighton Ave this Sunday. See him perform tracks off of Everything Everytime Everywhere and more for $15. Cas Haley and Rob Drabkin will open the show.

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