Weekend Ideas: October 24, 2014


Alumni from this year’s Newport Folk Festival are blowing up as hot-ticket club picks this month, from Benjamin Booker’s Hendrix-ian garage-punk rush at T.T. the Bear’s on Wednesday to Hozier’s bluesy, brooding soul at the Paradise come Halloween. Alejandro Rose-Garcia, the Texas musician who goes by the name Shakey Graves, brings his resonant, thorny folk-blues to his own advance sellout at the Sinclair on Friday. Even when he plays solo, he’s a charismatic performer, adding a beat via kick pedals. Also on Friday, old-school blues fans can enjoy Sugar Ray & the Bluetones, with guitarist Monster Mike Welch alongside veteran singer/harpist Sugar Ray Norcia at Johnny D’s Uptown, where the band celebrates its sterling new album Living Tear to Tear.

Saxophonist Joshua Redman storms Scullers Jazz Club for a Friday-through-Sunday stand with his seasoned trio of bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. And Saturday rocks with additional options, from venerable local jam-band Max Creek at Johnny D’s to guitar virtuoso and former King Crimson frontman Adrian Belew leading his Power Trio through the paces at the Sinclair. Bassist Les Claypool’s band Primus returns to the Orpheum with drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander back aboard after heart surgery to showcase the group’s new album Primus & the Chocolate Factory, a psychedelic revision of the Willy Wonka tale. Original UK punk band the Damned — theatrical in its own way — roars into Royale the same night, while Fleetwood Mac reappears for its second TD Garden show of the month with songbird Christine McVie back in the fold.

On Sunday, Rivers Cuomo revisits his old Harvard stomping grounds with Weezer to cap the weekend at the Sinclair with another ultra-soldout show to share the pop-crushing band’s potent comeback entry Everything Will Be Alright in the End. Here’s a live Weezer song from that album. And finally, for a Thursday Throwback, with Curt and Cris Kirkwood bringing the Meat Puppets to the Sinclair next Wednesday, here’s a full, pro-shot 1992 show from the Southwestern psycho-country-punk group’s glory days. Filmed in Italy, this concert came a year before Nirvana tapped the Meat Puppets as special guests for its landmark MTV Unplugged session.

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