Weekend Guide March 30 – April 1

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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

Thick As Thieves at Middle East Downstairs on Saturday: One of the best local bands over the past few years celebrate the release of their brand new album, Practice Resurrection Like The Fox Makes Tracks. Unfortunately, the show will also be their last as they have decided to part ways. Add in fellow local favorites Kingsley Flood, Spirit Kid and Tallahassee for just $12 and you can’t go wrong.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble – Night #1 at TT the Bear’s Place on Sunday: The 34th edition of the Rumble kicks off on Sunday with Cooling Towers, The Rationales, Endless Wave and The Grownup Noise. Tickets to this showcase of Boston’s best are just $8.

Our Music Picks

Friday

J. Cole at Tsongas Center: The UMass Lowell kids will be happy to have one of the biggest hip-hop acts around in town this weekend. You can get in on the action, too, for $27.

The Joy Formidable at Paradise Rock Club: These rising Brit alt rockers managed to sell out the ‘dise. If you didn’t get tickets you’ll have to try again next time, when they’ll likely be playing an even bigger venue. If you do have tickets, be sure to check out the opening sets from Exitmusic and A New Place To Bury Strangers.

DJ Shadow at House of Blues: There’’s a lot of DJs coming onto the scene these days but Shadow has been at it for a long time. Experience an experienced DJ for $27.

Bad Rabbits at Brighton Music Hall: These funky local rockers have been working on new material, which you may hear at this sold out this show with Bearstronaut and Frank White.

Kirill Gerstein at the Berklee Performance Center: At 14, the Russian pianist was the youngest student ever to attend Berklee. He returns to premiere new works by Chick Corea and Brad Mehldau that he commissioned as part of his 2010 Gilmore Artist Award. Tickets for the concert, which is being recorded for a future release, range in price from $17.50 to $25. Special guests include Gary Burton, Anat Cohen and Eugene Friesen.

Ratfynkt at the Middle East Upstairs: State Radio drummer Mike Najarian hits Central Square with his other band Ratfynkt. One of New England’s best in Maine’s Pete Kilpatrick Band will also perform, as will The Dirty Names, Driftless Pony Club and the Ben Kogan Band. Tickets are $12.

Bhi Bhiman at Café 939: The rising singer-songwriter from San Francisco hits Boston in support of his new album, Bhiman. See him with Rosie Thomas for $12.

Chris Botti at Hanover Theatre: Botti is back with a new album titled Impressions, and we’re sure he’ll make a good impression with it. Tickets range in price from $35 to $55.

Saturday

Wild Flag at Paradise Rock Club: With members from Sleater-Kinney, Helium and The Minders, these ladies are a bit of a indie rock supergroup. People have certainly caught wind since this show with Hospitality and The Labor Pool is sold out.

Metronomy at the Brighton Music Hall: English electropop favorites cross the pond and hit Boston in support of The English Riviera. Friends will open and tickets are $16.

The New Highway Hymnal at Middle East Upstairs: The up-and-coming local rockers are turning heads across Massachusetts. Find out why when they are joined by Mount Peru, Great Elk and Chris North Dream Quartet at this $10 show.

Jeffrey Foucault at Club Passim: The veteran singer-songwriter from Wisconsin makes his way to Harvard Square for two shows in one night. See him at 7 or 10 p.m. for $20. Hayward Williams will open the show.

Ryan Montbleau Band at Showcase Live: A couple of local acts take their show down Rt. 1 to Foxboro as Sarah Borges joins RMB for a night that is sure to please for just $20.

Van Hunt at Fete Lounge: The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter-producer Van Hunt will look to recreate his brand new album, Live at The Troubadour 2011, in Providence. Tickets are $15.

Sunday

Of Montreal at Paradise Rock Club: These longtime indie rockers will be headlining on Comm Ave. with Loney Dear and Kishi Bashi joining in. Tickets are $25.

The Revival Tour at the Middle East Downstairs: Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music brings the the fifth installment of his annual “Revival” tour to Massachusetts. Joining Ragan for the collaborative punk-folk acoustic show will be Dan Andriano of Alkaline Trio and In The Emergency Room, Tommy Gabel of Against Me!, Cory Branan and Nathaniel Ratecliff. The show is sold out.

Jonny Corndawg at Great Scott: The Virginia native hits Massachusetts in support of Down The Bikini Line. Shovels and Rope, Robert Ellis round out the bill. Tickets are $9 in advance or $12 on the day of.

Jordan Knight at Showcase Live: This New Kid is doing it solo at the moment, touring behind his latest effort Unfinished. Tickets are $40 to $50.

Pete Yarrow at the Hanover Theatre: The folk legend will hit Worcester with plenty of the Peter, Paul and Mary classics. Tickets range in price from $35 to $45.

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