This weekend brings top tickets to town, as well as some rock solid local bills. King Kanye’s “Yeezus” tour apparently includes enormous mountains on stage and people dressed as Jesus, which is probably the most ridiculous thing ever but OK, it’s kind of awesome, too. Local bands of all shapes and sizes are on big shows as well, so don’t sleep — get out and rock.
Thursday, Nov. 14
The weekend starts early in a big way, with a lot to choose from on Thursday. Local psych-folk trio Quilt share a bill at TT’s with Vermont-based odd rockers Happy Jawbone Family Band, who nailed it with its latest self-titled release (with CreaturoS; 9 p.m., $10, 18+). At Great Scott, Scottish buzz-rockers PAWS return to the US with Philly punks Little Big League (with Idiot Genes; 9:30 p.m., 8$, 18+). If you crave the bigger stage, Dr. Dog returns to House of Blues to support the release of its latest, “B-Room” (with Fly Golden Eagle; 8 p.m., $22.50, all ages). If hip-hop is your thing, Mississippi-based rapper and Maybach Music founder RICK RO$$ will be at the Orpheum (with 1500 or Nothin’; 8 p.m., $39.50, all ages).
Friday, Nov. 15
Local producer Andre Obin will be at Middle East Upstairs with Chrome Sparks to celebrate the release of his new remix EP (with GMGN and Scroll; 10 p.m., $10, 18+). For dance music of a different kind, head downstairs at the Middle East and catch legendary hip-hop producers Pete Rock and CL Smooth, who are joined by The Bronx’s legendary Camp Lo (with Viva La Hop and more; 8 p.m., $23, 18+). Semi-local songwriter Mutual Benefit dazzled with his latest, “Love’s Crushing Diamond,” and will be heading a stacked bill at PA’s Lounge (with Orca Orca, Slowdim, and Funeral Advantage; 9 p.m., $10, 21+). To get some gooey soul in your system, head to The Sinclair and soak in Macy Gray (9 p.m., $40, 18+).
Saturday, Nov. 16
Aussie synthpop quartet Cut Copy hits the House of Blues, fresh off the release of its latest “Free Your Mind” (with Larry Gus and Kirin J Callinan; 6:30 p.m., $21.25, all ages). Metalheads will be psyched to see Cali stonercore band High on Fire and Norwegian shredders Kvelertak sharing a bill at Middle East Downstairs (with Doomriders; 8 p.m., $17, 18+). For a more chilled out affair, head to Atwood’s early to see local guitar beast Lyle Brewer live with special guests (4 p.m., $5, 21+).
Sunday, Nov. 17
The biggest next-level artist/icon in the business Kanye West brings his super-elaborate “Yeezus” tour to TD Garden with upstart hip-hop heavyweight Kendrick Lamar (7 p.m., $37-215, all ages). If you weren’t able to score Yeezy tix or you’re tickled by music vets, Elvis Costello will be at The Wilbur (7:30 p.m., $75, all ages) and Bonnie Raitt will be at the Orpheum (with Marc Cohn; 7:30 p.m., $58.50, all ages). Not looking to shell out that kind of cash? O’Brien’s has hard rockers Yankee Power and a few other solid locals for a great local bill (with Crown Larks, Harmoos, and Big Buck Hunter; 8 p.m., $8, 21+).