Weekend Guide: September 17 – 19

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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   –   Our Music Picks   –   Our Non Music Picks

Our Best Picks

Pavement at Agganis Arena on Saturday: Pavement one of the most influential bands of the indie rock movement of the early 90 are finally back together. The band’s lineup of Mark Ibold, Scott “Spiral Stairs” Kannberg, Stephen Malkmus, Bob Nastanovich and Steve West will play Boston Saturday. Tickets are still available for $36.50. Don’t miss out or you might have to wait around for another decade.

Irish Festival at the Irish Cultural Centre of New England in Canton – All Weekend
: This weekend marks the halfway point to St. Patrick’s Day so why not celebrate at the ICCNE’s Irish Festival, which celebrates is 20th anniversary. The lineup features a wide range of Irish acts from traditional favorites The High Kings to Celtic rockers Glengarry Bhoys. Of course, there are plenty of cultural activities, venders and games for kids. Tickets are $15 per day, or $10 for members

Our Music Picks

Friday

Broken Social Scene at the House of Blues: The Canadian indie rock collective make their way to Boston in support of their fourth album Forgiveness Rock Record. You won’t have to apologize for wanting to check out this awesome show. Tickets are $25 and $35. The Sea and Cake open.

Shakira at the Mohegan Sun Arena: Shakira hits Connecticut as part of only her second show on “The Sun Comes Out World Tour”. The Columbian beauty is touring in support of 2009’s She Wolf and has a bi-lingual album, Sale el Sol. Check out her lone New England appearance for $80 or $110.

Great Big Sea at the Orpheum Theatre: The veteran Celtic rockers from Newfoundland are on the road in support of their ninth studio album, Safe Upon The Shore. Tickets for the show range in price from $26 to $35.

Iris Dement at the Center for Arts at the Armory: One of the most celebrated country-folk performers of her day, Iris Dement plays an intimate show in Somerville. Take in this rare treat for $32.

Spiritual Rez at the Paradise Rock Club: The Boston-based 6-piece roots-reggae, funk-rock outfit is celebrating the release of their brand new album, The Nexus. Joining the party and sitting in with the band will be legendary keyboardist Bernie Worrell, best know for his worth with Parliament Funkadelic and The Talking Heads. Goosepimp Orchestra and Otis Grove open the show. Tickets are $15.

Saturday

Cake at the Orpheum Theatre: After rocking the Lowell Summer Music Series earlier this summer, the California rockers are back to play Boston. We’re expect the same great show, so pick up tickets for $33.50 to $43.50.

Owl City at The Big E: Adam Young brings his band to West Springfield for a show at The Big E’s Comcast Arena stage. Tickets are $29.95, which includes admission for the fair as well.

Adam Ezra Group, Barefoot Truth at the Paradise Rock Club: Boston’s own Adam Ezra Group returns to the revamped Paradise for a co-headlining Connecticut’s Barefoot Truth. Check out two of New England’s favorite funk/roots bands for $13.

John Lefler at the Middle East Upstairs: The guitarist from of Dashboard Confessional plays an early evening solo acoustic show. Mike Dunn opens the show, which starts promptly at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. For another $10, stick around for the later show with The Daily Pravda, A Wish For Fire, Alchemilla and Oilhead.

Black 47 at the Blue Ocean Music Hall: The Salisbury Beach venue is hosting their “Halfway to St Patrick’s Day” festivities all weekend with the New York City-based celtic punk veterans performing on Saturday. These guys always put on a great show so pick up tickets for $20.

The Motion Sick at TT the Bear’s Place: The local indie rock favorites are going on an indefinite hiatus but not before rocking Cambridge one last time. The show is part of the Virgo-A-Go-Go Festival and will also feature Three Day Threshold, Kev & Col, Thick As Thieves and Moons. Tickets are $10.

Sunday

The Rumble On the River in Brighton: The folks over at My Secret Boston have put together a fun festival alongside the harbor. Scheduled to take place from noon to 6 p.m. at the Harry Parker Boat House in Brighton, Rubblebucket will headline the free festival. Also on the bill are Gentlemen Hall, Banana Phonetic, Buru Style and Duppy Conquerors (Bob Marley Tribute).

Rascal Flatts at the Comcast Center: The veteran pop-country favorites have a new album, Nothing Like This, due to hit stores in November. Don’t expect many of new tunes though, the band has been favoring hits and even a few covers. Kellie Pickler rounds out the bill, while Chris Young opens. Tickets range in price from $25 and $99.

Street Dogs at The Met: The pride of Dorchester just released their self-titled fifth album. Expect to hear a healthy dose of the new tunes along with the old favorites when the band play this brand new club in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Tickets are $17. Devil’s Brigade, Flatfoot 65, Left Alone and Continental round out the bill.

Chuck Wicks at Indian Ranch: The rising country star is still working on his sophomore release but is spending some time on the road to test the new material. Tickets for the show, which starts at 2 p.m., are available for $15 and $20.

Caribou at the Paradise Rock Club: The electro Canadian favorite hits the hub in support of his new album, Swim, which was on the 2010 Polaris Music Prize shortlist. Tickets for the 18+ show, which will also feature Holy Fuck and Emeralds, are $20.

One Step Away at the Hard Rock Cafe: After a summer in the studio and on tour, One Step Away returns to Boston to celebrate the release of their new full-length album, For the Broken. Tickets for the show, which starts at 5 p.m. with Brighterside and Davis Layman, are $10.

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