On Friday night, two greats – indie luminary Ariel Pink and hip-hop legends Mobb Deep – grace the city’s two biggest club stages. On Saturday (aka Food Day), all the vicinity’s favorite food trucks descend on Kendall, plus the grand opening of Harvard Square’s newest and most equitable pizza joint and a master class on the fine art of the burger. And on Sunday, savor classics old and new – listen to David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” in the evening, then head to TT the Bear’s to see Tampa indie up-and-comers Merchandise, who (for reasons discussed below) will always have a special place in the hearts of Boston music lovers.
FRIDAY JUNE 7
Ariel Pink – California-based experimental musician Ariel Pink is known for taking the term “one man show” to a new level. Pink’s music is both self-produced and played, often using his body parts to simulate various instrumental sounds. His unusual techniques and home recording style lead to a lo-fi sound that’s difficult to fit into a specific genre, though many consider his quirky compilations to be noise pop or freak folk. If you’ve never heard someone play the mouth drum, this is your chance. $20. 18+ with valid identification. Doors at 8 p.m. The Sinclair, 52 Church St.
Mobb Deep – This one needs no introduction. Critically acclaimed and cult classic hip-hop duo Mobb Deep is one of the most successful rap groups in history, and is often credited for the resurgence of East Coast rap in the early ‘90s. After a brief separation in 2012, Prodigy and Havoc have squashed their beef and are back together for their 20th anniversary tour. $20 advance, $25 day of show. 18+ with valid identification. Doors at 8 p.m. The Middle East Downstairs, 472 Massachusetts Ave.
SATURDAY JUNE 8
Food Truck Fest – We’ve got two words of advice for attendees of this year’s New England Food Truck Festival: come hungry. There’s nothing quite like being able to sample your favorite fares, from gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches to homemade whoopee pies, all in the same day (or hour, if you’ve got the chops). A ticket gets you a wristband that gives you access to over 20 different food trucks, entertainment and special discounted prices. If you’re looking for some truly special treatment, the VIP pass allows you to experience the food truck festival with no lines, free beverages and samples that are served in a more laid-back atmosphere. $10 for a standard ticket, $35 for a two-hour VIP session. All ages. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Kendall Square, 350 3rd St.
Wicked Good Burgers – Now that you’ve got food on the mind, why not check out chef Andy Husband present his new book Wicked Good Burgers, Sandwiches and Sides: Recipes for the Ultimate Burger Experience? Husband has received a number of accolades, from owning and cooking for Tremont 647 in Boston to competing on the sixth season of FOX’s “Hells Kitchen” with Gordon Ramsay. His book gives readers valuable information on new techniques and ingredients that take traditional burgers to the next level, as well as instructional insight on the art and science of cooking meat. Free for all ages. Noon Presented by Porter Square Books at Tags Hardware, 25 White St.
Just Crust Grand Opening – For those who haven’t yet been to The Just Crust in Harvard Square, it’s not too late to sample the delicious thin crust artisanal pizzas before it reaches the same popularity as its predecessor, The Upper Crust. After quietly emerging on to the scene last week, it’s holding an official grand opening with free pizza, music and a guest appearance from senator Elizabeth Warren. Admission is free for all ages. 2 – 4 p.m. 49B Brattle St.
SUNDAY JUNE 9
Classic Album Sundays – The weekly communal and audiophile listening experience will be hosting “The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust” as a part of their Classic Album Sundays Series. In celebration of David Bowie, the presentation will focus on the album that many feel signaled the official end of the 60’s and introduced one of rock music’s more famous icons. Come to learn more about its history and role in modern society before the lights go down and it’s played from beginning to end on hi-fi vinyl. $10 for all ages. 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Meadhall, 4 Cambridge Center.
Merchandise – On March 18, WFNX’s last day, erstwhile Phoenix music editor Michael Marotta rose from his DJ chair and strode out the door, never to return. But first, he set “Become What You Are,” the epic 12-minute centerpiece of Merchandise’s 2012 LP Children of Desire, to play on repeat for an hour. This weekend, help give the authors of that fitting epitaph the heroes welcome they deserve. Destruction Unit and Milk Music open. $10 general admission tickets. 18+ with valid identification. Doors at 8:30 p.m. Presented by Vanyaland and Bowery Boston at TT the Bear’s, 10 Brookline St. -Alessia Antonucci