The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (December 3 – 9)

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, 12/4 — Angel Olsen at the House of Blues

One of indie rock’s most acclaimed singer songwriters, Angel Olsen is touring her latest record, 2016’s My Woman, across the U.S. right now, and we’re pumped up that she’s coming to Boston. Blessed with an unmistakable voice that seamlessly pitches from husky whisper to operatic cries, St. Louis-born Olsen first emerged as a backing member for Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, before hitting out on her own. Her first couple of records were folky efforts, but that all changed with 2014’s electrically charged, surging Burn Your Fire For No Witness. Her latest record No Woman continued the trend, as evidenced on the insanely catchy single ‘Shut Up Kiss Me’. Heron Oblivion will be joining.

Thursday, 12/7 — Boston Music Awards 2017

Since 1987, the Boston Music Awards have been showcasing the best talent in Massachusetts. And 2017 is a special year. Not only will the show will be honoring its 30th anniversary, but they carved out a new program called the 617 Sessions to celebrate. The Sessions focus on highlighting chosen local emerging artists, gifting them studio time to cut a track, and having the public vote on their favorites. We’ll find out who won the night of the show as they’ll be opening the evening. You can learn more about the musicians chosen in our wicked article about their contributions to the local scene. Other performances for the evening will come from Bad Rabbits, Camino 84, Latrell James, Sidney Gish, Weakened Friends, Carissa Johnson, and no hope / no harm. We. Can’t. Wait.

Friday 12/8 — Paul Oakenfold at Royale

Paul Oakenfold is the UK’s number one DJ. This statement, however, doesn’t even begin to properly acknowledge his contribution to our world wide musical landscape. But don’t take our word for it — Oakenfold’s signature can be seen in everything from the early rise of hip-hop and the re-invention of British dance culture to the Balearic explosion. He’s also contributed the soundtracks of several box-office movies, including Swordfish. And he’ll be spinning in Boston on a Friday night? Sounds like a proper night out to us.