Thanksgiving weekend tends to be pretty chill on the concert front, but while the temperatures drop to record lows over this year’s holiday, some intriguing shows warm up the break. The action starts Friday with R&B-soul singer Allen Stone at Royale and decade-old Aussie alt-rockers Hands Like Houses at Brighton Music Hall.
Saturday’s the big night though. The pick of the weekend might be Kurt Vile & the Violators at House of Blues. Last seen in partnership with Courtney Barnett, Philly artist Vile (pictured in double-take) continues to charm with his own band on the excellent new album Bottle It In, a slow-spooling showcase of folky stoner-rock glides and drawled musings on life. Vile’s opener will be wistfully captivating California songstress Jessica Pratt, teasing a new album due out in February.
Pink Talking Fish jam juxtaposed fun with Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish songs at the Paradise Rock Club on Saturday. And Christmas-themed concerts might not get much different than singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge, who brings her rocking holiday show to the Cabot in Beverly on Saturday, and the fantastically bombastic machine the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which sweeps the area with stops at SNHU Arena in Manchester, N.H., on Friday, the DCU Center in Worcester on Saturday and Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on Sunday.
Another major event arrives Saturday when Thom Yorke – last in town fronting Radiohead for two July nights at TD Garden — performs a solo show at the Boch Center Wang Theatre. As usual, it’ll focus on his electronic solo fare, backed by producer/multi-instrumentalist Nigel Godrich and visual artist Tarik Barri. Perhaps Yorke will add spooky soundscapes from his recent soundtrack to Luca Guadagnino’s remake of the 1977 Italian horror movie “Suspiria.” If so, talk about a wild coincidence. On Sunday, Dario Argento’s original “Supiria” film will screen at Brookline’s Coolidge Corner Theatre, accompanied by live music from the latest lineup of Goblin, the Italian prog-rock band that did the original soundtrack. Pass the drumstick. And consider that reggae singer/rapper Matisyahu also pulls into City Winery for an intimate evening on Sunday.