The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (August 13 – 19)

Each week, Front Row Boston’s staff gives you our Short List: the bands and musicians in and around town we think you should hear.

Sunday 8/13 — Streetlight Manifesto at House of Blues

The American ska punk band from New Brunswick, NJ is out on the road right now for the “Somewhere in the Between Tour”, a full on celebration of their 2007 studio release of the same name. Streetlight Manifesto will be playing every song from the album, along with some lesser known b-side cuts. We couldn’t be more excited, but we also can’t help but wonder if this tour is a litmus test for the demand for a new album? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Kevin Seconds will be joining. Get your tickets now. This show is selling out fast.

Tuesday 8/15 — The Goo Goo Dolls at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

The Goo Goo dolls are heading our way via the “Long Way Home Summer Tour”, to play new music from their 2017 LP release You Should Be Happy, as well as their popular classics; an act that frontman Johnny Rzeznik says never gets old. “When the mandolin comes into the top, it’s like people recognize the song and there’s this rush of energy. It’s as new as the first day I played it,” Rzeznik tells Billboard in an interview about playing the band’s worldwide hit “Iris”. “It’s pretty gratifying to have a song that big and made such a big impact and have a life for so long. I just always find myself always grateful that song came into my life.” Phillip Phillips will open.

Thursday 8/17 — Hallelujah the Hills at the Planetarium at the Museum of Science

Crazy cool experience alert! Our very own Hallelujah The Hills is joining forces with the geniuses at the Museum of Science to tailor a visual journey that will take the audience through one truly unique presentation. The band’s expanding to a ten piece unit for the show that’ll include singer/songwriters Marissa Nadler and Will Dailey (our crush is holding strong since he performed “Ultimate Companion” in our Fraser Performance Studio earlier this year), violist Dave Curry (Thalia Zedek Band), and a choir that includes members of Boston CreamLong GoneHeadband, and more. Whether you’ve seen the band dozens of times, once, or never: THIS is the show you don’t want to miss.

Saturday 8/19 — Waxahatchee at Royale

She’s back. And we couldn’t be more excited. Katie Crutchfield’s fourth album as Waxahatchee, Out in the Storm, is the blazing result of a woman reawakened, and a much different sound from her prior release. “(Ivy Tripp) doesn’t really have any resolution. It’s a lot of beating around the bush, and superficially trying to see my life clearly, but just barely scratching the surface,” she says in an interview on the Royale Boston website. “Out in the Storm digs into what I was going through without blinking. It’s a very honest record about a time in which I was not honest with myself.” We’re always game for a good self discovery show; especially when it’s back by so much talent. Outer Spaces and local favorite Palehound will open.