Weekend Ideas: April 18, 2014

You want anchovies with that? A wide plate of options awaits your concert-going weekend, from Boy George to a band with Mccauley Culkin that does pizza-themed covers of the Velvet Underground.

In addition to rounding out the second straight night of semi-finals in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble at T.T. the Bear’s Place, Friday kicks off the weekend with a Latin-tinged flair in the spicy, experimental dance-funk of the Venezuelan group Los Amigos Invisibles at the Paradise Rock Club and the alt-rock verve of famed Texas troubadour Alejandro Escovedo and his Sensitive Boys at the Brighton Music Hall. (Escovedo then moves down to the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River on Saturday).

Saturday offers four other distinctly different experiences. Ex-Culture Club frontman and ’80s celebrity Boy George has regained his soulful footing to croon at Royale, while indie-rockers We Are Scientists carry on at the Brighton Music Hall. And self-described “flower punk” rockers the Black Lips stir up the Paradise, even if the Atlanta band no longer engages in the destructive stage behavior of their earlier days. There is, however, word that the Lips will be bringing a scent machine to provide an appropriate aroma for the show. Still, the weekend’s oddest event belongs to former “Home Alone” child star Culkin singing about slices with his Pizza Underground cohorts in the quaint confines of Church in the Fenway. What would Lou Reed think?

Alas, for my Thursday throwback, I bow to the mighty AC/DC, whose rhythm guitarist and songwriter Malcolm Young has taken leave from the band due to illness (reportedly a stroke that has left him unable to play). And play he has for 40 years, as the driving riff engine behind younger brother Angus’ lead guitar antics, seen here in the exhausting momentum of “Let There Be Rock” at England’s Castle Donington in 1991. Supposedly, AC/DC will soldier on without him in the studio next month, though it seems less likely that the band will tour without him. Granted, the band’s biggest album – Back in Black – came after Brian Johnson replaced original lead singer Bon Scott, the above video includes replacement drummer Chris Slade, and even Malcolm’s spot was filled on a 1988 tour by nephew Stevie Young. But it’s going to be hard to replace Malcolm’s heart and soul.

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