Weekend Guide: January 8 – 10

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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 Pick – Our Music Picks – Our Non Music Picks

Our Best Picks
Hot Stove, Cool Music at the House of Blues on Saturday: A Boston tradition that is always on the top highlights of the local music calendar. This year, they celebrate their tenth anniversary by moving up to the House of Blues with headliners State Radio, Tinted Windows, all the usual HSCM regulars. Check out our feature with Peter Gammons here then pick up tickets for $40.

Boston Celtic Music Festival (BCMFest) at Club Passim on Friday and Saturday: Back for its 7th year with Boston’s best performers in the Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic or Celtic-influenced music traditions. Get a weekend pass for $30. More details can be found here.

Our Music Picks

Friday

Julian Casablancas at the Paradise Rock Club: The Strokes frontman comes to town for a gig in support of his solid new solo release, Phrazes for the Young. Give it a listen on Myspace and then pick up tickets for $20.

Edwin McCain at Showcase Live!: With no new album to support, the veteran singer-songwriter hits the burbs for a night that should have a setlist to please everyone. That is, everyone that got their tickets, since this show is sold out. Carrie Rodriguez opens.

Zili Misik at the Lizard Lounge: The local all-female band brings their brand of unique African, Caribbean, and American Soul to Cambridge. Tickets are $10.

Saturday

Of Hope and Rescue at the Middle East Downstairs: The Derry, New Hampshire hard rockers hit the big city to celebrate the release of their new album with help from friends Prospect Hill, Keep Me Conscious, Streamline and Crimson Bile. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

Conservative Man at the Middle East Upstairs: The Philly-based/Boston-bred band returns home to celebrate their new new Ep with The Luxury (frontman Jason Dunn recorded and mixed their new tunes), Organ Beats (the new project from Noelle Leblanc of Damone fame) and This Blue Heaven. Tickets are $10.

Slaine at Harpers Ferry: The busiest man in the local hip-hop team takes a break from his many projects (La Coka Nostra and Special Teamz) to play a solo show in Allston. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

Sunday

James Cotton at Scullers Jazz Club: The Blues legend returns to the hub for a set of shows at Scullers this Weekend. At 74, he still is the king of the harmonica. If you have yet to see him perform live, check out “superharp” for just $25. Shows are scheduled for 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Little Feat at the Tupelo Music Hall: As American as apple pie and rock ‘n roll itself, Little Feat is still growing strong since forming in 1969. Check them out in Salisbury fro $45. Local favorites the Adam Ezra Group will open the show.

City and Colour at the Somerville Theatre: Dallas Green, the Juno Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist for post-hardcore outfit Alexisonfire, comes to town in support of 2008’s Bring Me Your Love. Very few tickets remain so pick them up now for $24.

Our Non Music Picks

Hockey East at Fenway Park on Friday: The last chance to check out hockey in Fenway – and with rivals Boston College taking on Boston University, this is an event not to be missed. Their game will be preceded by the Northeastern and University of New Hampshire’s women’s teams. Of course, tickets are long gone but we’ve been able to find some on Craigslist.

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