The Ten Best Things To Do This Weekend: July 22-24

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Styx, putting in its bid for a spot on the '80s revivalism bandwagon.
At this point, we don't really need to tell you that it's the best day of the week anymore. But we will, and with that knowledge comes a list of shows that run the gamut from folk to blues to whatever genre Barenaked Ladies is now. For those who are both ambitious and nostalgic, Styx and Yes are co-headling a spot at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Blues singer-songwriter Keb' Mo' is taking to Soldiers Memorial Plaza for a much different show, while locals Dots Not Feathers, the Skekses and Beth Bombara cover our (home) bases. Also very, very much of note: the punk show on Sunday at the Firebird featuring, among others, the Humanoids. But you already know about that.

Friday

Boy Without God
Luminary Center for the Arts
With My Molly and Dots Not Feathers
8 p.m. | $7
Local indie-rock band Dots Not Feathers won the RFT Music Award for Best New Artist this year and is not afraid to let its lush melodies wander a little in search of a zenith.

Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band
Off Broadway
With Yellowbirds
8 p.m. | Sold out
Named one of Paste's "100 Greatest Living Songwriters" in 2006, Ritter recently added a novel, Bright's Passage, to street cred already built on earnest Americana.

Keb' Mo'
Soldiers Memorial Plaza
7 p.m. | Free
The blues crooner betrays even more easily accessible gospel influence than he does extraneous apostrophes.

Thriftstore Cowboys
The Duck Room
With the Skekses
8 p.m. | $7
Fun fact: Fiery folk duo the Skekses borrowed its name from the not-so-good reptilian creatures in Jim Henson's puppet epic The Dark Crystal.

Saturday

Barenaked Ladies
Soldiers Memorial Plaza
9:15 p.m.
It's been more than one week since we last thought of Barenaked Ladies, a fact that is almost as shameful as the children's album the band released in 2008. Still, the guys have got panache.

Blitzen Trapper
The Firebird
8 p.m. | $15
The Portland natives of alt-country quintet Blitzen Trapper make up one of the few line-ups that continue to breathe both life and fresh air into Sub Pop's current roster.

Magic City
El Leñador
With the Ransom Note, Warn Jets USA and Slick
8 p.m.
The smart-talking, bluesy Magic City will celebrate the release of its latest album, Les Animaux Épouvantables, on traditional vinyl and a limited edition swirled-color version.

Sunday

Beth Bombara
Off Broadway
With the Lusitania, Animal Empty and This City of Takers
7:30 p.m. | $8-11
The local darling will be backed by a full band for the occasion -- an early show and the perfect place to nurse that lingering hangover.

The Blow
Old Rock House
With He's My Brother, She's My Sister
8 p.m. | $10-12
Brooklyn-based act the Blow is one Mikhaela Yvonne Maricich, a bold singer-songwriter who can somehow manage to be soft and abrasive in the span of a single song.

Styx and Yes
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7 p.m. | $18-159
We could use any number of puns to explain why the two funky '80s icons are still worth tackling so many years after their heyday, but we'll just suggest you "Come Sail Away" to the enormous venue to relive the magic for yourself.

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Fred
Fred

Kim Lenz is playing Sunday nite for $10 at Beale on Broadway. Great rockabilly.

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