It was not easy to narrow this week’s Weekend Jumpstart down to just three events, and the caliber of artists who didn’t make the cut is simply a testament to how great I think the following shows will be. Check out my suggestions for having a musically fullfilling weekend, and be sure to let me know in the comments who you’ll be seeing this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Flobots & Forrest Day @ The Roxy – September 21, 2012 – Tickets

I’ve been a huge Forrest Day fan since seeing the San Franciscan rapper perform at the Whisky in April ’11, and the release of his self-titled full-length the following October just confirmed what I already suspected: this was an artist people needed to know about. Forget that Day is a ginger-haired, saxophone-wielding rapper with a linebacker’s frame that somehow comes off as more teddy bear than intimidating, the artist’s whipsmart, streams of consciousness rhymes are what truly set him apart from others in the genre. Add Flobots to the bill, fresh off last month’s release of their third LP, The Circle in the Square, and you’ve got my must-see concert for the weekend.

Benjamin Gibbard @ Largo at the Coronet – September 22, 2012 – SOLD OUT

Do I even need to explain why you should want to go to this? Ben Gibbard, frontman for Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service, decides to release a solo album, Former Lives, and this is his first stop in LA in support of said release. The album won’t actually be out until October 16, so this is the perfect opportunity to hear its twelve tracks the best way possible: live. I suggest you get thee to Stubhub or Craigslist for tickets to this sold-out show stat.

Rubblebucket & Reptar @ The Echo – September 23, 2012 – Tickets

If you’re looking for a place to let loose before buttoning up for the workweek, I suggest heading out to the Echo Sunday night to see Rubblebucket and Reptar. The former is an 8-piece, genre-defying good-time, and the latter boasts half as many members, but just as many influences, from Africana to to post-punk to psych-pop. Oh, and did I forget to mention we’re giving away a pair of tickets to the show? Because we are.