Blogger's Note: This was meant to be posted yesterday but due to time constraints, it was not posted. It, however, has been updated to include events for today and tomorrow.
Looking for some exciting ways to spend your money this weekend. Here are a few ideas that will entertain your musical spirit as well as well as a couple of non-musical selections.
Primus (Congress Theater, 7:30 p.m.)
Primus sucks! may be their chant/motto but as you probably know by now, they definitely do not suck. Catch them on their Oddity Faire Tour with the current lineup of Les Claypool (bass/vocal), Larry LeLonde (guitar) and former drummer Jay Lane (who also played with Claypool in Sausage and Claypool's Frog Brigade project). Portugal, the Man and Split Lip Rayfield are opening.
James (Vic Theatre, 8 p.m.)
Manchester, England's James is back with a two CD, double EP, The Morning After the Night Before, their second release since reforming in 2007. The band has some of the most devoted fans of any band in both the U.K. and the U.S. who help sell out theaters and arenas on both countries. Ed Harcourt is opening.
Pierced Arrows (Subterranean, 9:30 p.m.)
There are times when you just want to rock. Pierced Arrows understands that and brings you filler and gimmick-free rock. Descending Shadows is the sound of punk aged to perfection from a band whose members have been making music since the late 70's. Vee Dee and Mickey are opening.
Farm Aid (Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI, 12 p.m.)
Wille Nelson, Neil Young, Norah Jones, Jeff Tweedy, Band of Horses, Jason Mraz, Amos Lee and many more are coming together to celebrate the 25 anniversary of Farm Aid and to raise the awareness of issues facing today's farms and farmers.
Local H (Beat Kitchen, 10 p.m.)
It's Local H. It's free. It's also first come, first served...and free. Really, I do not have to add anything else to that to make it anymore tempting. Did I mention that it is free?
The Thermals (Logan Square Auditiorium, 7:30 p.m.)
Portland trio The Thermals are back with their second album on Kill Rock Stars, Personal Life, and are on the road to support to support. Looking for songs that be stuck in your head on Monday morning, this is the show to check out. Cymbals Eat Guitars and Black Math are opening.
Brad (Double Door, 9 p.m.)
Brad is the groove-filled side project of ex-Mother Love Bone and Green River and current Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard. With Pearl Jam on a break for the moment, Gossard and pals released Best Friends? this past August. Happy Chinchester is opening.
In addition to these things, two promising horror films are opening this weekend. One is a U.S. adaption of the Swedish vampire book and film Let the Right One In entitled Let Me In. The other is the sequel to 2007's Hatchet entitled Hatchet 2 which Nicki at Hey! Look Behind You! has a review of here.
Whatever you do this weekend, have fun and be responsible. Enjoy the sights and sounds around you and do not forget to rock.