Weekend Ideas: August 6, 2015


It’ll be a triple-play for the Zac Brown Band, as that country-rock jukebox returns to Fenway Park this Friday through Sunday, bringing a fancy, three-tiered stage with hi-tech video effects. Lyle Lovett and his Large Band also hit the open air this weekend, with Lovett sharing his wry flair on Friday for the Lowell Summer Music series at Boarding House Park and on Saturday at the Cape Cod Melody Tent. And Mansfield’s Xfinity Center rocks on Friday with Incubus and the Deftones.

Otherwise, the most interesting takes are indoors. Radiohead drummer Philip Selway fronts his fine solo project at the Sinclair on Friday, showing an affinity for picking a great drummer and floating moods and vocals akin to his main band. New York’s funky, mostly female post-punk group the Bush Tetras resurface at the Sinclair on Saturday with A Band Called E (Thalia Zedek), Gene Dante & the Future Starlets, and a DJ set from Hugo Burnham, the former drummer for Gang of Four, who mined similar ground to the Tetras in the early ’80s.

And the Middle East rocks into the weekend with Fuzzstival, stacking the Boston scene’s many psych/fuzz/surf rock standouts, including the New Highway Hymnal and Barbazons on Friday upstairs and Creaturos, Drug Rug, Quilt, Vundabar and Zip-Tie Handcuffs as part of a downstairs two-stage extravaganza on Saturday. Here’s the whole Fuzzstival lineup and you can read about a few of the bands from our recent music issue.

Remember the Canadian rock trio Triumph?  Its singer/guitarist Rik Emmett rolls into Club Passim for acoustic duo shows on Saturday and Sunday. And Australian country-rock chanteuse Kasey Chambers (pictured above) returns to these shores behind her brooding new album Bittersweet at the Sinclair on Sunday.

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