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.

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“Crash Safely” Benefit at the Davis Square Theatre on Friday & Saturday: This two-night benefit to rock out and raise money to put an end to Multiple Sclerosis features some of Boston’s best bands. Friday’s show will feature Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents, The Gentlemen, The Phil Aiken Army, The Dirty Truckers and The Unholy III, while Saturday’s show will feature The Upper Crust, Sidewalk Driver, Thick Shakes, Triple Thick and Cotton Candy. Tickets are $12 and there will be plenty of raffles, as well as silent auction online.

Jason Bennet & The Resistance’s “Annual Little League Benefit” at Church on Friday: The longtime local favorites host their 11th (almost) annual benefit for the Mission Hill Little League. Also on the bill are Scars, The Blue Bloods, Nick & The Adversaries and Matt Charette. Tickets are just $1 but we suggest you make a bigger donation for the cause and also buy plenty of raffle tickets.

Malayka House Benefit at Radio on Sunday: Entrain, Adam Ezra Group and Batabaz team up to raise funds for the Malayaka House, which rescues orphaned and abandoned children in Uganda. Tickets are $20.

A “Celebration of Voice” Benefit at Club Passim on Sunday
: This benefit for the Voice Restoration Research Program, which is led by Dr. Steven Zeitels (the man who has saved the vocal chords of Adele, Roger Daltrey, Steve Tyler and many more), features an array of local standouts including Sarah Borges, Dennis Brennan, Kris Delmhorst, Mark Erelli, Jennifer Kimball, Tim Gearan, Lori McKenna, Peter Mulvey, Rose Polenzani and Brian Webb. Tickets are $100.

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Jack White at the Agganis Arena: Best known for his work with The White Stripes and The Raconteurs, the guitar great finally hits Boston in support of his new solo album, Blunderbus. Tickets range in price from $39.50 to $59.50.

First Aid Kit at Royale: A favorite at this summer’s Newport Folk Festival, the Swedish folk duo hit the HUb to support The Lion’s Roar. Tickets are $23 and be sure to arrive in time for opener Dylan LeBlanc.

Beth Orton at the Somerville Theatre: The English singer-songwriter is on a stateside tour in support of her album Sugaring Season, which hits stores on Tuesday. Tickets for the show, which will feature opener Sam Amidon, are available for $25.

A$AP Rocky at the House of Blues: The Harlem-bred rapper is gearing up for the release of his highly anticipated debut album, LongLiveA$AP. Opening the show will be Schoolboy Q and Danny Brown. Tickets are available for $25 and $35.

Brother Ali at the Paradise Rock Club: Just a couple of weeks after the release of his new album Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, the Minneapolis rapper hits Boston. Tickets for the show, which will also feature Blank Tape Beloved, Homeboy Sandman, DJ Sosa and The Reminders, are $16.

Powerman 5000 at the Middle East Downstairs: Led by Spider One, the longtime Massachusetts hard rock favorites continue to promote their latest release, 2011’s Copies Clones & Replicants. Tickets are $20. Also on the bill are Vegas Radio, Death Rattle, Patient 0,Travel Amadala, Shatter The Sky and Deprived.

Dear Leader, Taxpayer at the Brighton Music Hall
: Two of Boston’s finest rock Allston Rock City. Join them for just $13.

Coheed and Cambria, The Dear Hunter at The Palladium
: The progressive rockers from New York are gearing up for the release of two new albums over the next six months, while the Massachusetts favorites are also working on new material. See if either band previews some of the new material in Worcester for $30. Three will open the show.

Edwin McCain at Showcase Live: The South Carolina native has delivered many memorable shows in Foxboro over the past few years. See what he has planed this time for $30.

Glen Phillips, Grant-Lee Phillips at The Center for Arts in Natick
: Two Phillips for the price of one. For $25, see the frontmen for Toad The Wet Sprocket and Grant Lee Buffalo do their solo thing in Natick.


The Wallflowers at the Paradise Rock Club: Led by frontman Jakob Dylan, The Wallflowers are back with their first album in seven years. Hear new tunes from Glad All Over and old favorites for $25. Mason Reed will open the show.

David Nail at Royale: Don’t get stuck at red light before this country crooner hits the theatre district with opener Drake White. Tickets are available for $22 in advance or $25 on the day of.

Idina Menzel at the Citi Wang Theatre
: The Tony Award-winner and Broadway veteran hits Boston for a night at the beautiful Wang Theatre. Tickets range in price from $45.75 to $125.75.

Niki and the Dove at the Brighton Music Hall: The Swedish electropop trio are receiving lots of buzz for their debut, Instinct. See them with Casey Desmond and Color Channel for $12 in advance or $14 on the day of.

Shadwell, Jim’s Big Ego at Lizard Lounge: Local standout and former BMS Battle of the Bands winner Aaron Shadwell celebrates ten years of making music with help from fellow Boston favorites Jim’s Big Ego, Stranger Islands and Brendyn Schneider. Tickets are $10.

Stephane Wrembel at the Regattabar
: The French-born guitarist/composer, who scored the theme to the 2012 Academy Award winning film “Midnight in Paris”, hits Cambridge for two shows in support of his new album, Origins. See him at 7:30 or 10:00 for $25.

Gary Hoey at Showcase Live: The surf-rock veteran returns home to Massachusetts for a show with fellow locals Farren-Butcher, Inc. Tickets for the show, which gets going at 7p.m., are available for $25.

Ryan Leslie at Showcase Live: The Foxboro venue plays host to another show at 10:30 with R&B singer Ryan Leslie taking the stage to promote his new album, Les Is More. Tickets are available for $20 and $25.

Graham Parker at the Narrows Center for the Arts: Before he reunites for a tour with The Rumour, Parker will go solo this weekend for a pair of shows in New England. See him in Fall River for $25 in advance or $28 on the day of, and of course, be sure to check out the opening set from Mike Gent.

Deer Tick at Station Park: The Rhode Island rockers have used used a campaign theme for their marketing this year, so it only seems right the band headline the “Voice Your Vote” music festival in Providence. The free event will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. and include performances by Santa Mamba and Otis Day and the Knights.

Mutemath at The Met: The New Orleans-based rockers continue to tour in support of 2011’s Odd Soul. Tickets for this intimate gig in Pawtucket with Civil Twilight are available for $20.

Journey, Pat Benatar, Loverboy at the Dunkin Donuts Center
: A three-fer of of 70’s/80’s favorites bring their cataologe of hits to Providence. Tickets range in price from $34.50 to $84.50.

Bret Michaels at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
: After rocking Indian Ranch last week, the Poison frontman takes his solo tour north to New Hampshire. Tickets are $36 in advance or $39 on the day of. Uncle Jack and Quatela will open the show.


Two Door Cinema Club at the House of Blues
: Irish bands never have a problem filling up venues in Boston, and we don’t expect that to change when these alt-rock favorites hit the Hub. Grab your tickets for $27.50 or $39.50. Friends and Guards will also perform.

Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio at the Berklee Performance Center: The banjo virtuoso and acclaimed jazz pianist bring their collaboration to the Berklee stage for the first time as part of the Beantown Jazz Festival. Tickets range in price from $29 to $39.

Twin Shadow at the Paradise Rock Club
: George Lewis Jr. returns to the city that inspired his new album, Confess. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 on the day of. Pegasus Warning will open the show.

Papadosio at Royale: With a new album called T.E.T.I.O.S. (To End the Illusion of Separation) on the way, these electronica favorites hit Royale. Join them for $12 in advance or $15 on the day of. Lespecial will open the show.

Lavender Diamond at the Brighton Music Hall
: LA-based quartet hit Allston in support of their recently released sophomore album, Incorruptible Heart. Local favorites Sarah RabDAU & Self-Employed Assassins will open this $12 show.

Alan Jackson at The Big E
: Touring in support of his new album Thirty Miles West, fans can expect a mix of new tunes and plenty of old favorites from this country music legend. Tickets for the show, which include admission to the fair in West Springfield, range in price from $39 to $59.

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