Whether it’s premature Halloween happenings, dance rock revivals, or even some local Ethiopian pop, there’s a good-looking menu for live music in Boston this weekend. Just remember, nobody judges you at concerts, unless you’re acting like an asshole, so go see a concert and just be yourself, dude. Premature Halloween costume optional.
Thursday, Oct. 17
Get weird to start the weekend by heading to Odd Thursdays at Lilypad, featuring locals Future Days, Silkies, and Free Pizza. The show will also be the first screening of Future Days’ “Blonde Wig” music video (9 p.m., $5, all ages). If you’re itching for the folkier side of things, Session Americana welcomes Dietrich Strauss back from a European tour at Lizard Lounge (9:30 p.m., $15, 21+). And if you’re looking for electronic music, The Brain Trust continue its Thursday night residency at Middle East Upstairs by welcoming EDM studs Space Jesus (with Madeaux and DJ Leah V; 10:30 p.m., $10, 18+).
Friday, Oct. 18
The top ticket for Friday might go to Brooklyn mixtape phenom Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era crew at The Paradise (with Ab-Soul, The Underachievers, Chevy Woods, and Statik Selektah; 7 p.m., $22, all ages). Jamaica Plain’s Ethiopian pop all-stars Debo Band make their first visit to legendary jazz venue Regattabar for two shows (7:30 and 10 p.m., $20, all ages). La Parca presents a bill of grimey hip-hop at O’Brien’s in Allston, headed by local duo Immigrants (with Porn Theater Ushers, Sarcasm, and Modern Lighting; 8 p.m., $10, 21+).
Saturday, Oct. 19
Elks Lodge in Cambridge is the place to be Saturday, as Fat Creeps, Guerilla Toss, Nice Guys, and Designer kick off Halloween early, playing sets as Blink-182, Meatloaf, The Cramps, and The Mummies. Show up in costume or lose all your cred (8 p.m., $7 donation, 18+). In Somerville, Deep Heaven Now hits its eighth year, bringing the best in local psychedelic music to Precinct and PA’s Lounge. The festival will continue to Sunday, as well (featuring 28 Degrees Taurus, Guillermo Sexo, Bobb Trimble, and more; 5 p.m., $7 per day, 21+). Chicago’s Pelican come to Great Scott to deliver a heaping dose of metal for people who don’t necessarily love metal — like me, I’ll admit it (with King Destroy and Phantom Glue; 9 p.m., $15, 21+)
Sunday, Oct. 20
Franz Ferdinand “took us out” in 2004 and now the band is back on the scene with “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.” The Scottish dance-rockers take the stage at The Orpheum (with Frankie Rose; 7:30 p.m., $27, all ages). Philadelphia’s Man Man dropped yet another killer album this year with “On Oni Pond,” which leads the band to The Paradise on Sunday (with Xenia Rubinos; 8 p.m., $17.50, 18+). Father John Misty brings his barefoot-folk to the Somerville Theatre (with Kate Berlant; 7:30 p.m., $25, all ages). Dutch baroque popster Jacco Gardner pays a visit to Great Scott to top a supremely psychedelic bill (with Dawn Fauna; 9 p.m., $10, 18+).