Weekend Ideas: November 18, 2016

Kingsley Flood, Letters to Cleo, Two Door Cinema Club and more.


Kingsley Flood (pictured) cements its place as one of this decade’s best Boston-born bands with its bold third album Another Other, whose cover photo depicts frontman Naseem Khuri’s father at a ’60s Lebanon campsite with boys including future Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Kingsley Flood returns to the Sinclair on Friday night for one of its renowned folk-punk throwdowns (on a super bill that includes Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents and Leland Sundries). Or for a different genre from a locally spawned outfit, Beverly-bred post-rockers Caspian takes over Royale with their dense, dynamic instrumental soundscapes the same night.

Yet there are more options on Friday, as sweeping Irish rockers Two Door Cinema Club move up to Agganis Arena and LA-bred Chicano rockers Los Lobos stoke their brash, impressionist Americana (and classic rock covers) at the Cabot in Beverly. Meanwhile, the piano trio the Bad Plus share its sophisticated originals and own sly, genre-crossing covers at Scullers Jazz Club both Friday and Saturday nights.

Saturday also brings bluegrass-steeped veterans Del and Dawg (short for guitarist Del McCoury and mandolinist Dave Grisman) to the Cabot, while soul-pop vocal icon Smokey Robinson makes a rare appearance at Lynn Auditorium. And spunky ’90s alt-pop rockers Letters to Cleo return home to hit the Paradise Rock Club on Saturday and the Sinclair on Sunday. Here’s my recent chat with Kay Hanley.

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