There’s a uniquely alluring proposition this weekend for music fans with empty wallets. This Saturday sees the return of the Make Music Pasadena festival, a collection of more bands than I can name here playing shows all over Old Town Pasadena. And the headline-grabbing, eye-popping truth that should have you rearranging your Saturday plans: it’s all free.

Amongst the smorgasbord of talent on show, my personal highlight has to be the appearance of Grimes on the Old Pasadena Indie Rock Stage at five o’clock. Considering the fact that the much-hyped artist recently sold out the Echo and the high price some of the tickets were allegedly going for on the night, this is indeed a rare treat. For more info on the event, including all showtimes and venues for this rarest of treats, click here.

For those who like their show to be of the more indoor variety, Friday night brings a much anticipated show from Japandroids, the two-man anthemic rock monster from Vancouver. Considering the reputation of these guys’ live performance, this is another must-see show in the City of Angels. Get yourself down to the Echoplex in lovely Silverlake to enjoy what is likely to be the weekend’s most energetic set. Or give yourself a chance of actually getting in by clicking here for tickets.

There are, as always, plenty of other option for the weekend in Los Angeles. For those who want something new and local to shake their butts to, LA newbies White Arrows will be having an album launch show on Saturday night for the release of their Coming Or Going album. Scissor Sisters will be bringing their disco-inspired show to the Palladium (this show is also on Saturday), and for those of you desperate for the guilty pleasure of a young British boy band (and we all need that from time to time), One Direction will be headlining the Gibson Amphitheater. Here at the LA Music Blog, we’re not judging.