This is one of those weekends where there’s about nineteen things going on and I want to do them all. I’m not going to tell you which show you should go to, but know that there’s so much good music happening in a wide variety of genres this weekend. Get to a show!

Friday, July 21st

I had an awesome interview with the Lawn Care guys and am so excited for them that their album Replacement Therapy is coming out today. The show is only $5, but the cover is waived with proof of album preorder from A-F Records. The bill is rounded out by awesome locals Endless Mike, Old Game, and Rue.

Ummm… it’s Tommy Stinson from The Replacements. Do I need to say more? In case I do, it’s Stinson, fellow guitar player Chip Roberts, two acoustic guitars, and what’s sure to be an awesome night of rad music.

Gin Blossoms, a park, and what’s shaping up to be a lovely evening. And did I mention free? I’ll see you there.

This Redfishbowl event is a mix of bluegrass/folk music and art. Bands playing include The Lone PinesBuffalo RoseShelf Life String Band, and LEEDS from New Jersey.  Don’t leave your dancing shoes at home.

Making the 180 from Hoedown to Horror, Horse Rock Entertainment is presenting a night of darker music with 7 acts performing: Prime 8 / Skippy Ickum / Demo Demon / Ghozt Tha Dmented / Oso 2 Loco / Cosmic / Nicholas Lawrence.

Rounding out Friday night is what sounds like a fun show at the Moose — The Hempsteadys from Connecticut play reggae-infused punk that’s fun to dance along to. They’re joined by new local acoustic duo Gallatin Hall and well as The Skratchtrax.

Saturday, July 22nd

This cool little event serves as a pre-show for 10,000 Maniacs at Mr. Smalls [8pm start]. If you’re looking for a fun way to kick off your evening, check out Emily Rodgers and Thieves & Lovers (if you’re not familiar with the dudes, read our interview).

This awesome show features women-fronted hard rock and metal bands. This night marks Reign of Z’s headlining debut, and they’re joined by locals Defy the Tide, Horehound, and Silence Follows.

This show was one of City Paper’s Critics’ Pick, so you don’t need to take my word that this will be a good time. It’s a poppy night all around with the electronic-pop of The Van Allen Belt and Hank & Cupcakes, the dark pop of Dinosoul, and the psycho pop of Timothy Eerie, with the the rapping/talk singing of Height Keech to round out the night. I like pop. Pop is good.

If you’re into something a little more aggressive, Howlers has got a night of punk and hard rock for you, featuring an all locals bill of 13 SaintsThe Cheats, and J. Creepers.

Your final choice for Saturday includes trash pop group Gas Tiger, garage rockers The Full Counts, and indie rock outfit Old City from Cincinnati, along with an order of wings if you know what’s good for you.