It’s Brian Wilson weekend with the Boston Pops, as the fragile genius from the Beach Boys recreates the pop classic Pet Sounds in total (and assorted hits) at Symphony Hall on Friday and Saturday, backed by a band that includes ex-Beach Boys mate Al Jardine. Then they roll out the Pike to take the show to Tanglewood on Sunday afternoon for this 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds’, which inspired the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s among other things.
Seattle hip-hop favorites Macklemore & Ryan Lewis get Agganis Arena hopping to the hits on Friday, while Boston’s own Michael Christmas does rap honors at the Sinclair the same night. Saturday was set to rock at House of Blues with At the Drive In, the post-hardcore predecessor to the Mars Volta for singer Cedric Bixler and guitarist Omar Rodriquez-Lopez, but that show was just cancelled due to Bixler’s vocal problems. So Vermont’s own Grace Potter rocks Blue Hills Bank Pavilion the same night, glamming out on her own with a nod to her Nocturnals past, while the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra salutes British rock at Arlington’s Regent Theatre.