Weekend Guide: March 12 – 14

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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 Pick

Dropkick Murphys at the House of Blues – All Weekend: You can have your Christmas, but around here we know that the St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Boston is truly the most wonderful time of the year. What’s even more wonderful is that there are still some tickets available for the early show on Saturday. Get your tickets for $29.50 and get in on the biggest party in town.

Our Music Picks

Friday

That 1 Guy at the Middle East Upstairs: Touring behind his newest album, Packs A Wallop, Mike Silverman aka That 1 Guy, will be playing two shows and will be packing his famous “magic” instruments as always. Tickets are $15.

Bowling for Soup at the Middle East Downstairs: Bowling For Soup are in town to support their latest release, Sorry For Partyin’. We’re sure they’ll be no need for apologies after they rock the Mid East. Tickets are $15.

Hot Protestants at PA’s Lounge: Hot Protestant’s currently have a Radiohead-esque “name your price” deal going on for their latest EP. Unfortunately you can’t name your own price for this show, but with tickets at $10 for this batch of locals including Preacher Roe, AmStereo, and The John Powhida Airport, it’s a win-win.

Terry Slyvester at the Kowloon (Saugus): Next week, The Hollies will be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This week, the man who replaced Graham Nash in the legendary band rocks a solo show at this intimate venue in Saugus, which doubles as Chinese food restaurant. Tickets are $20.

Celtic Woman at the Citi Wang Theatre: You don’t need PBS this weekend because you can see Celtic Woman in the flesh. So go spend your $42 to $78 on a good time. You deserve it, seeing as this concert was made possible thanks to “viewers like you.”

Rodney Atkins at the Calvin Theatre (Northampton): Rodney Atkins has always been a charitable artist and he continues his good deeds this weekend with a show benefiting St. Jude’s Research Hospital with support from Bucky Covington and Easton Corbin. Tickets are on sale for $25, $35, and $97.90 and all proceeds go to a great cause.

Saturday

Carrie Underwood at the Dunkin Donuts Center: Miss Underwood just received six nominations from the Academy of Country Music and recently got engaged to NHL star Mike Fisher. All we know is Mike better not “Play On” unless he wants to meet Carrie’s famous Louisville Slugger. Tickets range in price from $33 to $53 for the first of several shows in New England from the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year.

Butch Walker at the Paradise Rock Club: Best known for his production work, Butch Walker comes to town in support of his latest solo album I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart. Check him out with BMS favorite Will Dailey for just $18.

The Lights Out at Church: The Lights Out have made our weekend picks several times this year already, and with good reason: they’re really good! If you haven’t taken the hint yet, check them out for $10, which is also good for sets from local standouts St. Helena, Vulgarrity and The Future Everybody.

KidNapKin at Great Scott: Kid:Nap:Kin’s most recent release may be called “Hush Now” be we now people won’t be able to keep quite after this show, especially with help from The Shills, Ellis Askbrook, and Anything But Animals. Tickets are $10.

Mike Gordon at Pearl Street (Northampton): Gordon and his touring band only have a few dates booked on their current mini-tour so don’t hesitate because you may not be able to see him again until another much-desired Phish reunion. Tickets are $22.50.

Sunday

Alice in Chains at the Orpheum Theatre: It’s tough to come back from losing a band member, especially a lead singer, but Alice in Chains are making it look easy. Touring behind their first studio album in 14 years, Black Gives Way to Blue, the Seattle slew looks to prove they haven’t lost a step. This show is sold out.

Alkaline Trio, Cursive at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel: Alkaline Trio are riding high with their best chart debut ever with last month’s, This Addiction, coming in at #11. With Cursive along for the ride there’s no reason for passing on this one. Tickets are $20.

Martina McBride, Trace Adkins at the Verizon Wireless Arena: If the Southie scene on Sunday (say that 10x fast) isn’t your thing, try something a little sweeter with a country flavor up north. Even sweeter is select seats on sale for $21 to see two of country’s finest.

Mugison at the Middle East Downstairs: Nothing like a free gig. As part of the A Taste of Iceland festival, check out Mugison along with locals Shore Leave and Air Traffic Controller. If yore looking for more Icelandic tunes, check out Olof Arnalds at TT the Bear’s on Friday evening for another free show.

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