The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (July 9-15)

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, 7/10 — Wolf Alice at Great Scott
Wolf Alice are back at it and have cobbled together a U.S. tour in support of their upcoming release Visions of a Life.”We wanted to make it open to interpretation, so that anyone who was frustrated at something could have it as their anthem,” lead singer Ellie Roswell says of the albums singer “Yuk Foo”, as reported by Fader. “For me a lot of it is about being a young woman. As I get older, I feel like ‘Why have I always put up with that?'” The album will coming out on September 29th and will be the second album from the band. Opening acts have not been announced.

Thursday 7/13 — Lisa Loeb at The Center for the Arts in Natick
Producing TV shows, acting, writing children’s novels, starting an eyewear line; it’s evident that Lisa Loeb is not afraid to explore all of her creative sides. And she’s still making music and out playing shows, while raising two kids. What can’t she do?! “I think they benefit from just seeing me be interested in something and doing something that’s important to me,” Loeb tells Working Mother about how her children benefit from all of the work she does. “That’s one of the things that makes people’s lives the best: when they find something they’re passionate about and they do it.” Jay Psaros will open.

Friday 7/14 — The Van Burens at The Middle East
Quincy-based The Van Burens have been playing together for almost 10 years, and during that time have developed a unique sound that has been self described as “Nerd-funk”. “Our sound is hard to pin down; it’s an eclectic, genre-hopping, progressive brew of rock, funk, jazz, pop, dance, etc. filtered through our odd sense of humor, history, and pop culture,” Band member Matt Spitz tells in an interview. “Everyone in the band is a solid instrumentalist, and we all write tunes and sing, which leads to a wide variety in our sound and styles, and makes us the rare five-man vocal harmony rock band.” Check out their active, and hilarious blog; chock full of show information and self-made playlists for just about any event. Opening acts have not been announced.

Saturday, 7/15 — Violent Femmes and Echo & The Bunnymen at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Unlikely pairing? Not a chance. Both bands are out on the road promoting recent album releases and have come together to offer up a once in a lifetime show for fans. Echo has been touring for the better part of a year now, and it ramping up even more to get ready to celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of the band. And we can’t even count how many years it’s been since we’ve last seen The Violent Femmes. “There was a progression involved,” Violent Femmes frontman Gordo Gano tells Thrasher magazine in a recent interview. “We thought we’d never play together again, but we got a completely unsolicited offer from Coachella, who wanted us to get back together.”