Weekend Ideas: November 28, 2014


Moving past the turkey, the snow and the sales, Thanksgiving weekend provides sure concert highlights. Run the Jewels’ sophomore album RTJ2 rides atop 2014’s hip-hop releases, as the rap duo of Killer Mike and El-P mixes dark imagery and jittery production with quick, hard-hitting wordplay. They’re bound to pump up the Paradise Rock Club on Friday, even if the energy isn’t quite as charged as Monday’s emotional show in St. Louis, just after events unfolded in nearby Ferguson. Also on Friday, Beverly native Angie Miller — seemingly on track to win last year’s “American Idol” before placing third — brings her powerful voice to the Brighton Music Hall behind her new pop EP Weathered, funded through PledgeMusic.

Saturday’s big show comes in the form of a double bill at the TD Garden with Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, touring behind Seger’s new album Ride Out, and Boston’s perennial J. Geils Band. Here’s Seger performing one of his classics, prompting a hearty sing-along on a recent tour. Likewise, the Worcester-bred punk band the Hotelier has prompted impassioned sing-alongs in the wake of its emotive 2014 release Home, Like No Place is There. And it’s a dynamic bound to reignite Saturday when the Hotelier returns to the Middle East Downstairs for an early evening all-ages bill with The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die. And there’s virtuosity in store on Sunday when the Paradise rocks with New York funk-fusionists Living Colour, featuring guitarist Vernon Reid, singer Corey Glover, drummer Will Calhoun and bassist Doug Wimbish.

However, the weekend’s most sweeping event is local label Signature Sounds’ 20th anniversary celebration. It takes over Northampton’s Academy of Music for three days (culminating with Lake Street Dive on Sunday), but some of the acts are doubling up in Cambridge. On Saturday, the progressive string band Crooked Still — led by co-founding singer Aoife O’Donovan and banjo ace Greg Liszt — reunites for the first time in two years with early and late shows at the Sinclair. And folk/blues veteran Chris Smither follows at the same venue on Sunday with his Motivators, a rare band appearance for the usual solo performer behind his career-spanning retrospective Still on the Levee.

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