Weekend Ideas: August 26, 2016

Dresden Dolls return to Boston.


It’s been six years since the Dresden Dolls last graced a stage in their Boston hometown, but singer/pianist Amanda Palmer and drummer Brian Viglione will hit Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Friday (one of only three reunion shows). It’s not only a chance to revisit the theatrical punk-cabaret duo’s classics but also to hear some new material that the Dolls are promising in advance of a recording trip.

If you want a compatible Friday nightcap, also head to Great Scott for art-rockers Bent Knee, one of our August music issue’s 10 local bands to catch/watch. And if you can get there early enough, don’t miss Berklee-bred compatriots Oh Malo. Yet that’s not the only magic going on that night in Allston, where Doom Lover—a fourth group that once made that same list – revives its Vaudevillian Spectacular at the Brighton Music Hall, emceed by Sidewalk Driver’s Tad McKetterick.

In turn, Lake Street Drive headlines its own spectacular for two nights with the second edition of the Amourasaurus festival at Northampton’s Look Park. The poppy jazz-soul powerhouse will be joined on Saturday by soul icon Mavis Staples and bluesman Son Little, while the Sunday bill includes rocking troubadour Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band and upstart Thao and the Get Down Stay Down. Or if you’re staying in town on Sunday, take a blues-rock stroll down memory lane with ZZ Top at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. Gregg Allman won’t be appearing due to health issues, but Robert Randolph & the Family Band and Tim Gearan will warm it up.

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