This weekend will surely be dominated by late-season baseball and early-season costumes, but that doesn’t mean that the music won’t still be playing. Catch your favorite locals playing as famous bands, see a right-brained lo-fi classic make a trip up from Georgia, and don’t miss some Allston basement rats take on O’Brien’s to cap off Sunday night. Go see some music this weekend. It’s what Teddy Ballgame would have wanted.
Thursday, Oct. 24
Chicago DJ duo Orchard Lounge pays a visit to the Middle East downstairs to head up this week’s edition of The Brain Trust’s residency (with Drunken Doja Monkey; 10:30 p.m., $15, 18+) That’s really your best option if you prefer seeing live music over watching baseball.
Friday, Oct. 25
For those who care to do Halloween early, consult our guide to Halloween shows in Boston for those happening tonight. If you’re not into the whole cover set thing, then perhaps you’d be down for Carolina-based chillwave funkateer Toro Y Moi at House of Blues (with The Sea and Cake; 7 p.m., $25, all ages). Somerville songstress Antje Duvekot plays Club Passim for the first of three nights this weekend (with Robby Hecht; 7 p.m., $25, 21+). If that’s too low-energy for you, relive your high school years and check out local ska punkers Big D and the Kids Table at Brighton Music Hall and get your skank on, kehd (with Red City Radio, Survey Says, and The Far East; 7 p.m., $15, all ages).
Saturday, Oct. 26
Athens, Ga., freak-pop collective Of Montreal returns to Boston to play Middle East downstairs in support of its latest, “Lousy With Sylvianbriar” (with Surface to Air Missive; 8 p.m., $20, 18+). 80’s electropop whiz Thomas Dolby comes to Somerville Theatre and if you think it’s just going to be a bunch of middle-aged dudes yelling “science!,” you may be right. But Dolby is also one of the most inventive synth pioneers out there (with Blake Leyh; 8 p.m., $25, 18+). For a good dose of local love, head over to Davis Square for the 4th Annual Halloween Howl featuring surf-rock instrumentalists Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion and the smooth throwback pop of Spirit Kid. Come in costume and you may leave with a prize (6 p.m., free, all ages)
Sunday, Oct. 27
O’Brien’s is the spot on Sunday night, as local trio Kal Marks continues to feed off the buzz of its stellar debut LP “Life is Murder” (with Slothrust, Crinkle Face, and Goddard; 8 p.m., $8, 21+). Check out an all-star lineup at Royale that includes Joan Osborne, Trombone Shorty, and The Lemonheads’ Evan Dando and help a good cause by supporting Right Turn Addiction Services (with Paula Cole, G.E. Smith, and many more; 7p.m., $40, all ages). If you’re looking for something a bit more laid back, and maybe in a place where you can watch the game, head to The Sinclair and check out songwriting stud Justin Townes Earle (9 p.m., $22, 18+).