The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (July 16-22)

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.

Wednesday, 7/19 — Ride at Royale
Lush, Swervedriver, Slowdive; and we can now add Ride to the Shoegaze revival. They’re on the road promoting their new album Weather Diaries that came out in June. It’s been a while since we last heard from them — 20 years, in fact. “It didn’t really hit me that there was an audience until we started playing gigs again,” Ride member Andy Bell tells Exclaim! in a recent interview. “In the beginning it was about doing a few weeks of shows. Then it became about all of the gigs that we were offered. The three weeks turned into eight months. It didn’t feel like it was a done deal that we were gonna make an album at all. By the time the shows had finished, we had a few ideas — we couldn’t help ourselves. And then some of those ideas made it onto the record.” Froth will open.

Thursday, 7/20 — Thurston Moore at The Sinclair
Where do you find a sense of enlightenment? It’s within record collecting for Thurston Moore. The former Sonic Youth frontman has been on the road for the past few months with his fifth solo LP release: Rock N Roll Consciousness, an album whose roots come from the almost meditative state that recollecting has brought him. “What people find in meditation I find in blaring feedback from an amplifier,” Moore tells Paste Magazine in a recent interview. “Where is that meditation coming from? It’s devotional. I really love it. It’s really spiritual. I see rock ‘n’ roll as being, historically, coming from the voice of the people of the earth. It comes from gospel, it comes from church, it comes from this kind of spiritual mindedness.” Bassist Debbie Googe (My Bloody Valentine), and drummer Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) will be joining as part of the Thurston Moore Band.

Friday, 7/21 — Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Royale
Throughout history, New Orleans has been a hub for musical convergences and influences. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a physical manifestation of that. They’re new album, So It Is, draws from the city’s Afro-Cuban roots with Afrobeat and Fire Music influences from the likes of Fela Kuti and John Coltrane; aiming to explore the personal impact of connecting with your roots. “In New Orleans we play music for dances and parades, funerals and church,” Preservation Hall Jazz Band member Ben Jaffe tells Royale, “It’s important to us to make music people connect to, that people dance to, that people really feel, emotionally and physically.  That’s the tradition we grew up with, that’s what we know.” No opening acts have been announced.

another Friday night show to put on your radar…

The Novel Ideas at AERONAUT Allston
The Novel Ideas are getting ready to take their Boston-based Americana sound back out on the road for another tour. They’ll be playing locally first; paying tribute to their roots. Although living in Boston is not an affect for their songwriting, their experiences in the area are.”In my own songwriting, I know that I can’t write down a lyric unless it was true,” Guitarist Daniel Radio tells Underneath This is an interview. “I’ve never been able to really sing something unless I really mean it.” You can watch The Novel Ideas performing songs from their album St. Paul Sessions in studio at WGBH here. Pay close attending to their cover of John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery”. It’s one of the most beautiful versions we’ve ever heard.

Saturday, 7/22 — Kendrick Lamar at TD Garden
This is not a drill. Kendrick Lamar is coming to Boston as part of his tour in support of his 2017 release DAMN, a metaphysical masterpiece that explores the idea of not being able to change the world until ‘I change myself’. “It’s not easy telling your truths and stating your fears from when you were seven, 17 and a couple years ago,”Lamar tells Zane Lowe from Apple in the first interview since the album release. “But I know at the end of the day, the music is not for me, it’s for somebody else.” Travis Scott and D.R.A.M will open.