Music for your weekend

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Still looking to fill in your calendar for this weekend? Well, you have worked too hard not to enjoy your free time so here are some ideas on how to spend it.

Our Best Pick

The New England Americana Festival at various venues on Friday and Saturday: After great success in Boston over the past two years, the ever-expanding festival has crossed the river and found a new home in Cambridge. The three-day festival, which started last night, will take over Harvard Square and feature over 50 local acts across 6 stages in 5 different venues. There are way too many great bands to highlight, so just purchase a wristbands to enter all venues for just $15 per a day. For more information, including the full line-up, go here.

Our Music Picks


Florence and The Machine at the Comcast Center: Florence Welch and company return stateside as they continue to tour in support of their latest album, Ceremonials. Tickets for the show, which will also feature English rockers The Maccabees, range in price from $20 to $42.50.

Bloc Party at the House of Blues: Another favorite from across the pond, Bloc Party are back after brief hiatus with their aptly titled fourth studio album, Four. Tickets are available for $27.50 and $35.

Dragonette at the Paradise Rock Club: Get moving with this Canadian electropop act, who will preview material off their forthcoming album, Bodyparts. The Knocks and Boston’s own Casey Desmond will open the show. Tickets are $15.

Rockapella at the Berklee Performance Center: The legendary a cappella group hits Boston with their “Motown and More” show, which pays tribute to the music of Motown with unique versions of hit songs from the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and more. Tickets range in price from $21 to $31.

Barry Manilow at the DCU Center: At 69-years of age, Manilow is still going strong. Expect a set packed with hits when he plays Worcester for $19.99 to $129.99.

Caravan of Thieves at the Bull Run Restaurant: The gypsy-swing band are backing a new album called Funhouse. See if they transform this intimate Shirley venue into one for $19.

Carrie Underwood at the Verizon Wireless Arena (NH): The Queen of Country makes the first of several stops in New England over the next week with this show in Manchester. Tickets range in price from $46 to $66.

Infected Mushroom (DJ Set) at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel (RI): The Israeli trance band deliver a DJ set in Providence. DJ Nook, DJ Steppo, Uncle DJ and DJ Soappy round out the bill for this dance party. Tickets are $25.

Bad Larry at The Met (RI): Cranston’s veteran ska favorites celebrate their tenth anniversary in Pawtucket with help from The Down and Outs, Short Handed Goal and Soundoff. Tickets are $12.


Circa Survive at the House of Blues: The Philadelphia-based rockers hit the Hub in support of their brand new album, Violent Waves. Touche Amore, O’Brother and Balance and Composure round out the bill. Tickets are available for $22 and $30.

Addison Groove Project at the Paradise Rock Club: The pride of Wellesley and veteran jam band favorites reunite for what should be a special night on Comm. Ave. Tickets for the show, which will also feature openers Wyllys, are available in advance for $17 or $20 on the day of.

Dar Williams at the Somerville Theatre: The veteran singer-songwriter and longtime Massachusetts favorite just kicked off a tour in support of her ninth studio album, In The Time Of Gods. See her Somerville for $30.

Warrant, Firehouse at the Showcase Live: A pair of 80’s hair band favorites with a new-look team up in Foxboro for $35 in advance or $40 on the day of.

A Wish For Fire at the Middle East Upstairs: The local favorites celebrate the release of their new album, The Allegory. Joining the party will be fellow Boston favorites The Fatal Flaw, The Year Million and The Lights Out. Tickets are $10.

Linda Eder at the North Shore Music Theatre: The Broadway veteran makes her way to Massachusetts for a night in Beverly. Tickets for this in the round show are available for $39 or $49.

Steve Vai at the Capital Center for the Arts (NH): Miss his show at the Wilbur earlier this Week? Then make your way to Concord to see the veteran rock guitarist/composer promote his new album, The Story of Light. Tickets range in price from $29.50 to $45.


KISS, Motley Crue at the Comcast Center: We’re guessing their will be plenty of pyro at this show. Expect all the hits from KISS and Motley Crue, who are promising “the summer’s biggest, baddest rock tour”, for $38 to $158.50.

The Avett Brothers at the Bank of America Pavilion: The North Carolina-bred folk-rockers hit Boston just a few days after the release of their Rick Rubin-produced album, The Carpentar. Tickets for the show range in price from $25 to $40.

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti at the Paradise Rock Club: On the road to promote his brand new release, Mature Themes, the L.A.-based rocker hits the ‘dise with help from openers Phedre and Bodyguard. Tickets are available for $17.50 in advance, $20.00 on the day of.

Pentatonix Performing at the Berklee Performance Center: Winner of the third season of NCS’s “The Sing-Off”, the Texas group continues a weekend of great a cappela music at Berklee. Tickets for the show, which will also feature openers Julia Easterlin, are $20.

Willy Mason at Great Scott: The Martha’s Vineyard native hits Allston as part of the always awesome Fenway Recordings Sessions. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on the day of. Last Good Tooth will open the show.

Mono at the Brighton Music Hall: All the way from Japan, Mono hit Boston to promote their recently released sixth album, For My Parents. Former Bostonian Chris Brokaw will open the show. Tickets are $13.

The Hood Internet at the Middle East Downstairs: The Chicago-based duo hit Cambridge with their signature mashups. Also on the bill are Body Language, My Gold Mask and Oscillator Bug. Tickets are available for $15 in advance or $17 on the day of.

Leon Russell at the Narrows Center for the Arts: He’s been performing his gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues, and country music for over 50 years. Not surprisingly this show is sold out. For those that do have tickets, be sure to check out the opening set from local standout Emily Elbert.

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (NH): The former Guns n’ Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist was very entertaining in Boston earlier this year and we expect the same when he hits New Hampshire with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. Tickets are available for $35 in advance or $38 on the day of. Hillbilly Herald and The Cheaters will open the show.

The J. Geils Band at the Mohegan Sun Arena (CT): After a two-night stand at the House of Blues last weekend, The J. Geils Band (minus Jay Geils) hit Connecticut. Tickets are available for $30.

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