Weekend Guide: September 30 – October 2

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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

Steely Dan at the Citi Wang Theatre on Friday & Saturday: Forget about the jokes in “Knocked Up”, Steely Dan are totally worth seeing, but apparently you knew that already because tonight’s “Fan Request” show is sold out. Tickets for Saturday’s show dedicated to The Royal Scam and select hits are still available and range in price from $48 to $198.

Township at the Brighton Music Hall on Saturday: Looking for some homegrown talent? It doesn’t get much better than Township, who will celebrate the release of their new album One More Summer by rocking Allston Rock City Sidewalk Driver, Andrea Gilis Band and Trabants. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

Our Music Picks

Friday  

Ben Harper at the House of Blues: Currently touring behind Give ‘Til It’s Gone, what are gone are the tickets for this show.

Rubblebucket at the Paradise Rock Club: This New England-bred/Brooklyn-based indie crew has another dancey album out that will have fans groovin’ all night. Tickets are $15.

The Head and the Heart at Royale: This great Seattle band is riding a wave of buzz to the Hub as they continue to tour in support of their self-titled debut album. Opening the sold out show will be Thao with the Get Down Stay Down and The Devil Whale.

The Appreciation Post at TT the Bear’s Place: One of Boston’s best rock’s TT’s with help from fellow locals The Fatal Flaw, American Water and The Susan Constant. Tickets are just $10.

Shawn Colvin at the Center for the Arts in Natick: Celebrating its 14th year of providing high quality arts programming to the communities of Metrowest, TCAN hosts its annual benefit concert with 3x Grammy Award winner Shawn Colvin. Tickets are $100 or $150 for access to the post-concert champagne reception.

Blues Legends 4 Times at the Regent Theatre: Looking for some blues on your Friday night. Well, head over to Arlington for this showcase featuring Shor’ty Billups, Elmore James Jr., Mark T. Small and Shirley Lewis. Tickets are $23.

Girl Talk at the UMass Lowell Recreation Center: You don’t have to be a student to join this party. Get down with the master mashups and sampling for $20.

Cheap Trick at The Big E: You won’t have to “surrender” any cash for this free show after paying admission for the big fair in West Springfield.

Mac Miller at The Palladium: The Pittsburgh-based rapper hits Worcester for one of the many New England stops on his “The Blue Slide Park” tour. Tickets are $20.

The B-52’s at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom: Grab yourself a Love Shack up in Hampton Beach and make a weekend of it. Tickets are $39.

Bernie Williams at the Mohegan Sun Casino: He may be a damn Yankee but he also puts on a damn good show. Plus you can’t beat the price (it’s free).

Saturday  

They Might Be Giants at the Berklee Performance Center: It’s not the first time TMBG have played Berklee and we’re sure it won’t be the last knowing what a show they always put on. Pick your show – 7 p.m. with songs A-M or 10 p.m. with songs N-Z – for $25.

Conspirator at the Paradise Rock Club: Electronica isn’t exactly the sound of Philly, but Conspirator still represent quite well. Check out this project featuring members of Disco Biscuits. Lotus and The New Deal for $20.

Swaggerin’ Growlers at the Middle East Upstairs: Self-described as a “riot folk band”, these local favorites will celebrate the release of their new album, Outlaw Waltz, with an afternoon all-ages show in Central Square. Tickets are $12.

Blake Shelton at The Big E: It’s been quite a year for Shelton since the release of his new album, Red River Blue. So much so, that tickets to see the country star in West Springfield are long gone.

Asleep At The Wheel at the Blue Ocean Music Hall: Don’t sleep on this classic country band. Tickets are $30 to $35.

Creole Choir of Cuba at the Somerville Theatre: Feel the Caribbean rhythm for $27.

Sunday  

Battles at Royale: The New York rockers hit the hub in support of their new album, Gloss Drop. Tickets are $22 and get you in for openers Walls.

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers at the Wilbur Theatre: The veteran singer-songwriter is back on the road with his band, The Noisemakers. Take in some classic noise for $35 or $45.

X at the Paradise Rock Club: Catch some classic LA punk for $30 as the band celebrates the 31st anniversary of the debut album by performing Los Angeles in its entirety. Be sure to arrive in time for the screening of the rockumentary “X The Unheard Music”.

A Hawk and a Hacksaw & Dark, Dark, Dark at the Brighton Music Hall: The New Mexico-based rockers team up with the folk band from Minnesota for a co-headlining treat. Join the fun for $14.

Reba McEntire at The Big E: A great way to end a great fair. Tickets for the Queen of country range in price from $49 to $69.

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