Weekend Guide: September 9 – 11

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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

Dropkick Murphys, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at Fenway Park on Friday: After touring New England’s minor league parks a few years ago, these longtime Boston favorites make it to the big leagues for a pair of shows in the “Bleacher Theatre”. Tickets are sold out but we’re sure you can find tickets through the usual suspects. Also on the bill are the Street Dogs, Chuck Ragain, The Parkington Sisters and The Old Brigade.

Narrows Festival of the Arts at the Narrows Center for the Arts on Sunday
: Check out the likes of Roomful of Blues and Ochocinco’s new favorite band Girls, Guns, and Glory amongst many others. The day-long event is free.

Our Music Picks

Friday

Incubus at the Comcast Center: The California alt-rockers just released their seventh album, If Not Now, When?, this summer. See how “stellar” they can be for $20 to $42.

The National at the Bank of America Pavilion
: The National have grown with each album and you can tell their fanbase has as well with a show at the Pavilion this weekend. Making the show extra special for indie rock fans will be special guests Yo La Tengo. Tickets are $20 to $30. Wye Oak will kick things off.

Warren Haynes at the Lowell Summer Music Series: Bid the Lowell Summer Music Series adieu for the season with this legendary southern rocker and guitar virtuoso. Tickets are $35.

Jeff Magnum (of Netrual Milk Hotel) at the Sanders Theatre: The fans still certainly yearn for Neutral Milk Hotel with this show being sold out.

Flying Lotus at Royale: With an EP released this year and an album in the works for next year you’ll be hearing a lot of new stuff on Friday. Tickets are $20.

Hot Day At The Zoo at the Brighton Music Hall: The only place you can get “zoograss”. Tickets are $12 for these local standouts.

Within Temptation at the Palladium: The Dutch hard-rockers are on the road Stateside in support of their latest release, The Unforgiving. With tickets at $25, we think you’ll be tempted to head out to Worcester for the show.

Saturday

Erasure at the House of Blues: The synthpop duo are back with their new album Tomorrow’s World. See them in Boston for $32 to $50.

Asleep At The Wheel at the Indian Ranc
h: These country rockers have been at the wheel a long time. Long enough to stack up 9 Grammy awards. Tickets are $22.50 to $27.50.

Edwin McCain at Showcase Live: McCain is becoming a regular in Foxboro. Speaking of regulars, catch local talent Adam Ezra Group as they open the show. Tickets are $22.

James Vincent McMorrow at the Brighton Music Hall: The Irish folk music singer-songwriter hits the Hub of Irish America in support of his debut album, Early in the Morning. Hometown favorite Marissa Nadler will open the show. Tickets are $12.

Rick Springfield at the Chevalier Theatre: Whether he’s acting or singing Rick Springfield always brings in an audience. Be part of his for $43 to $65.

They Might Be Giants at the Capital Center for the Arts
: TMBG return to New England for a show in New Hampshire. Why not join them for $30 to $35.

Marc Anthony at the Mohegan Sun Arena: He may have lost J-Lo this summer but at least he still has his talent. Tickets are $68 to $98.

Sunday

Vince Gill at the Wilbur Theatre: No offense to Asleep at the Wheel, but Gill has earned 20 Grammys (the most of any male country artist). With a new album called Guitar Slinger due next month, expect to see Gill put on a showcase of his impressive fretwork. Tickets for this big winner are $55 to $77.

Empire Of The Sun at the House of Blues: The Australian electro-psychedelic duo hit Boston in support of their debut album, Walking On A Dream. The duo has won 7 ARIA Awards (ie. Aussie grammys) including Album of the Year and has been nominated for two Brit Awards for Best International Album and Best International Act. Find out what all the hype is about for $29.50 or $45.

9/11 Berklee Memorial Concert at the Berklee Performance Center: This musical tribute featuring Berklee students and staff marks the 10-year anniversary of the September 11 tragedy by paying homage to its victims, rescue workers, and surviving loved ones. Tickets are $8 in advance or $12 on the day of.

Charlie Daniels Band at Indian Ranch
: The Devil goes down to Webster. Tickets for this annual show from the country legend range in price $35 to $47.50.

Gordon Lightfoot at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium: One of Canada’s crown jewels hits the Mill City. Tickets are still available and range in price from $40 to $65.

The Jim Jones Revue at the Brighton Music Hall
: See if Jim Jones can “burn the house down” for $14.

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