Not doing anything Friday night? How about a free show with Nikki Lane and William Tyler at the Basement? How about a free show with free food? BAM, SOLD.

Celebrate the careers of Michael Stipe and the dudes who aren’t Michael Stipe with an all R.E.M. tribute at Mercy Lounge’s 8 Off 8th.

Local experimental electro-tinged group Hands Off Cuba play a free in-store today at 6 p.m. at Grimey’s.

Today at BLVD Music Shop: Several excellent bands for the price of zero dollars. Come see Diarrhea Planet play at a Belmont event.

The Groove hosts some of the best local winter acousti-folk that you’ll hear all summer today at 5:30.

Good news, fans of middle-of-the-road white guy blues and folk! Live on the Green is back for a third year and ready to pump you up, swaying lighters in the air style.