World Series games for the Red Sox aren’t the only nighttime events this weekend. Insecurities of youth fuel the songs of Twenty One Pilots, but things can’t be that bad for the genre-mashing Ohio twosome, which throws in emo-fied choruses, rapping, ukulele and a crowd-surfing drum set at TD Garden on Friday. Meanwhile, Bahamas—the indie-rock project of Canadian musician Afie Jurvanen—bathes the Paradise Rock Club in its melancholic manifestations the same night. And bluesy guitarist Billy Gibbons gets his groove on—with a dash of hits from his main vehicle ZZ Top—with his solo band at the Cabot in Beverly the same night.
Emmylou Harris teams with Jackson Browne, Jerry Douglas, Lila Downs and Steve Earle at the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday for the Lantern Tour, an acoustic song-swap to benefit the Women’s Refugee Commission, which advocates for migrant and refugee families seeking shelter at the border. Here’s video from the Lantern Tour’s first stop, though Brandi Carlile won’t be at the Boston date. Saturday also brings the a cappella trio Mountain Man (pictured)—which reteams Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso) with her Bennington College pals Molly Erin Sarle and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig—to the Sinclair, while old-timey troubadour Pokey LaFarge plays City Winery. And the dynamic Americana group the Lone Bellow downsizes to Rockport’s Shalin Liu Performance Center on an intimate, round-one-microphone tour on Saturday as well. Sunday brings rambunctious San Diego rockers Wavves to the Paradise.