The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (August 27 – September 2)

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.

Monday 8/28 – Washed Out at Royale

Singer-songwriter Ernest Greene’s (aka Washed Out) third studio album Mister Mellow is his first fully immersive multimedia experience. We’re fans of its complete lack of apathy, and sound that actually feels like it was created a means for passing time. (Or a bitter means for remembering a better time?) “I’ve been much less interested in sentimentality and emotion for the past couple of years,” says Greene about his new album, “In some ways, I think its a reaction against getting older and having more responsibilities. Maybe I’m just nostalgic for a time in my life where I could just relax and block out the world for a moment.” We can’t speak to the visuals, we haven’t seen anything yet. But we can all check out the album trailer here. Keep an eye out for us at the show. We’re curious.

Wednesday 8/30 – Billy Joel at Fenway

Billy Joel and Fenway: two legendary nouns that have been pairing well together for years. This will be the 4th time that the musician has performed in the baseball stadium. Last year, WGBH arts editor Jared Bowen talked to Joel about what it was like to play at Fenway, and here’s what he had to say: “I like Boston, I mean, look. I’m a New Yorker, and I’m a baseball fan, and I was at the ‘78 playoff game, the Bucky Dent game at Fenway, and I almost got my head handed to me. Of course, I wearing a Yankees hat, which was pretty stupid… who knew Bucky Dent was going to turn into Superman? I mean, we didn’t really expect them to win, but they did. You guys broke the curse.” The show has been sold out for a while and you’ll be hard pressed to find tickets within reasonable prices. It’s been that way year after year. But who knows; if you start searching now, you might break another curse.

Thursday 8/31 – Sheer Mag at The Sinclair

You’ll often hear the term “DIY” thrown around with Sheer Mag, and we love that that’s a “thing”. It’s also true – from top to bottom, this punk band is 100% self-made. We’ve been crushing on this lot of Philly-based Goddesses and Gods since day (err, EP) one, and couldn’t be more excited that they’re now out touring in support of their debut LP Need To Feel Your Love, a politically-driven, musical melting pot piece of art that your ears will try to frame and hang on the wall. Consequence of Sound says it best: “In an age where the bar for political music is so low that any indie-rock band writing a positive song about love filled with vague platitudes can sell it as an anti-Trump attack, the direct punch of Sheer Mag is refreshing. ‘Meet Me In The Street’ kicks the album off with a rallying cry for action, with [Tina] Halladay singing about smashed glass, bottles and bricks, and ‘throwing rocks at the boys in blue.'” We’re with you, Sheer Mag. All the way. Lost Balloons and Haram will open the show.

Saturday 9/2 – Lady Gaga at Fenway

Yup, we’re sending you back to Fenway. As if you needed anymore excuses, right Boston? We’re big fans of the ballpark masquerading as a concert venue and offering up a truly unique experience. Add Lady Gaga to that and it turns into an adventure that’s just too good to pass up. We’re thrilled she’s making a Beantown stop for two shows on her Joanne World Tour, in support of her fifth album of the same name. “I put a lot of my soul into [Joanne]… and I’m looking forward to integrating that with my other songs to contextualize it in a way for the fans,” Gaga tells EW.com about the new album and songs. “More than anything I just want my fans to feel a message of liberation that they can, at any point in time, change where they are in their life and move forward.” Fenway isn’t the only ballpark she’ll be visiting. The tour also includes stops at Citi Field in New York, AT&T Park in San Francisco, and Wrigley Field. Tickets for Friday 9/1 sold out minutes after they were announced. But there are still a limited number of tickets available for this show on 9/2. You can get them at MLB.com.