Weekend Ideas: Nov. 25, 2016

Dinosaur Jr., Buffalo Tom, Jonathan Richman and more.


There’s a surprisingly healthy slice of live shows in Thanksgiving’s wake, starting with the double bill of Western Mass.-forged alt-rock trios Dinosaur Jr. (pictured) and Buffalo Tom (now working on a new album via a Pledge Music campaign) at House of Blues on Friday.

The same night finds rejuvenated Texas-based rocker Alejandro Escovedo striking up his band at the Brighton Music Hall in the wake of new album Burn Something Beautiful with co-conspirators Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck from R.E.M. And Canada’s locally underappreciated Sam Roberts Band brings its atmospheric rock to Once Ballroom behind its own noteworthy new album TerraForm. Idiosyncratic veteran Jonathan Richman caps this week’s Middle East Upstairs residency with his drummer Tommy Larkins on Friday and Saturday, while rising jam-rockers Twiddle stretch out at the Paradise Rock Club the same two nights.

Saturday finds prog-rock survivors Kansas (with original drummer Phil Ehart and guitarist Rich Williams) touching down at the Berklee Performance Center and pedal-steel firebrand Robert Randolph leading his Family Band at the Cabot in Beverly the same night, while dream-pop outfit Psychic Twin plays Royale.

Tip ahead: Andra Day’s been everywhere (even the DNC) with her empowerment anthem “Rise Up” — powerful whether stripped-down or with Day’s full rocking band. But other songs from her 2015 debut album Cheers to the Fall are just as riveting, along with her eclectic choice of covers. She’ll hit Royale on Monday.

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