Good news, bands: Now that the Red Sox season has reached a fantastic end, people are going to start coming to your shows again! It couldn’t come at a better time either, as this weekend is jam-packed with all kinds of good stuff. Whether you’re dressing up for the spirit of the season or rocking out for a good cause, make sure you budget your time wisely because Halloween is only the start of the party.
Thursday, Oct. 31
Consult our guide to Halloween cover shows in Boston if you feel like joining in the costume-set tradition that Boston’s local bands are keeping alive. For some non-live music fun that still incorporates a hell of lot of music, look no further than RadioBDC’s Retro Halloween Ball at Ned Devine’s (9 p.m., free with RSVP, 21+). If you’re in need of live music, but don’t want all that extra seasonal spirit tacked on, The Sinclair is where it’s at. Big Freedia is the most twerk-worthy act to roll through Boston in some time, so this show will clearly be fun (with Nate Bluhm; 8 p.m., $18, 18+).
Friday, Nov. 1
Friday is for the folk types. If you weren’t able to score tickets to either of the Head and the Heart shows or the Spirit Family Reunion show, you can still go places to hear acoustic guitars. Boston’s own You Won’t will be taking over TT the Bear’s Place (with Bombadil and The Suitcase Junket; 9 p.m., $12, 18+) and jammy bluegrassers Yonder Mountain String Band make the long trip from Colorado to Boston’s House of Blues (with Founding Fathers; 8 p.m., $25, all ages). To catch an absolute hidden gem though, head to the Somerville Theatre and see Greg Brown. He’s one of the more overlooked songwriters of our time and still sounds as good as ever (8 p.m., $28, all ages).
Saturday, Nov. 2
Saturday night is perfect for some local jams. Bunny’s a Swine comes to town from Northampton to top a ridiculous bill of locals at O’Brien’s (with Hands and Knees, Mail the Horse, and Kal Farts; 8 p.m., $8, 21+). Boston’s Spiritual Rez have established themselves as not only one of the best reggae acts in town, but one of the overall best live shows, as well. They’ll be at The Sinclair getting the party started (with Jon Beninghof; 9 p.m., $15, 18+). To check out something kind of different, head to Lilypad in Inman Square as the Boston Hassle brings Juiceboxxx, on tour from Milwaukee, and Extreme Animals from New York (with Secret Lover and Schwarz; 10 p.m., $5-10, all ages).
Sunday, Nov. 3
The place to be Sunday is TT’s. Clicky Clicky Music Blog is hosting a benefit show with an absolutely massive bill. Earthquake Party, The Hush Now, Soccer Mom, K. Heasley of Lilys, and DJ sets from Sadie of Speedy Ortiz will all be happening to raise money for a local charity called Community Servings (8:30 p.m., $10, 18+). For an even louder offering (and it’s hard to get much louder than Earthquake Party), Japan’s best grindcore band Melt Banana plays The Sinclair (with Brain Tentacles and Neptune; 8 p.m., $15, 18+).