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, 7/11 – Guided By Voices – Paradise Rock Club

Robert Pollard’s outfit might make a very legitimate claim to being the most prolific band in rock history. Their 24 LPs since the band’s recorded debut in 1987 are just the tip of the iceberg, with Pollard having written hundreds of songs for singles, EPs, and side projects. Through it all, their ragged post punk power pop has drawn legions of fans, and the band’s recent reunion will see those fans flooding the Paradise Monday evening. Haligonian band Nap Eyes sound of Sloan meets Pavement will open the night.

Monday, 7/11 – Local Natives – Brighton Music Hall

Local Natives’ debut Gorilla Manor seemed to be on every critic’s year-end-top-ten list in 2010. Mixing what seemed to be the most ubiquitous influences of the late 00s and early 10s, Local Natives sounded equal parts Vampire Weekend/Fleet Foxes/Two Door Cinema Club. Since that debut, the band has grown, and their latest Sunlit Youth has a more expansive sound, drawing on a Baroque pop tint à la the Guillemots while maintaining what brought their most faithful fans to them. They’ll be taking on Brighton Music Hall Monday.

Monday, 7/11 – Girlpool – The Middle East

And it’s a third show on the docket for Monday on this week’s short list because we’re big fans of Girlpool around these parts. The duo casts pointed melodies in sweet, piercing harmonies, all while baring themselves in a most vulnerable manner. Having released their debut LP, Before the World Was Big, about a year ago, Girlpool is still on the road supporting it. This time they’re getting help from other FRB favorites Lady Pills — coming off of the release of their own LP, Despite — who’ll be taking one of the opening slots Monday at the Middle East alongside French Vanilla and Horse Jumper of Love.

Thursday, 7/14 – Eric Krasno – Brighton Music Hall

Eric Krasno is the baddest guitarist you don’t know you know. Krasno forged a career as guitarist with Lettuce, the Berklee-born jazz fusion outfit that brought Head Hunters-esque funk into the 1990s. And in later, Krasno featured with Alan and Neal Evans in the organ trio Soulive. Now, Krasno has put out a solo album Blood From a Stone, that features many more varied grooves and a hypnotic bedroom vibe. On Thursday at Brighton Music Hall, the Eric Krasno band will bring the new LP to life, and we’re sure they’ll be some interjections from Krasno’s past lives as well. Local heroes Dub Apocalypse will open alongside the unassumingly bluesy Armies.

Thursday, 7/14 – Dead Beggars – Cafe 939

The rootsy classic rock orientation of Dead Beggars has been begging for some greater exposure over the past few months. In April, they dropped their eponymous debut EP, which smacks of southern boogie and rollicking punk blues echoing some lost 90s gems like the Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies. It’s a sound long on energy and grit, and it translates very well live. They’ll bring that to Cafe 939 on Thursday with a headlining set backed by local bands Valleyheart and Cherry Mellow.