The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (June 10-17)

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.

Saturday, 6/11 – Buffalo Tom – Paradise Rock Club

Given that we had the chance to talk to Buffalo Tom guitarist Bill Janovitz earlier this week, we put together a longer preview of the show elsewhere on FRB. The show is already sold out, so we’re not sure how you can score some tickets, but if you can, be there. The band will be debuting some new material in addition to ripping away at some Buffalo Tom classics as they do every summer in their annual hometown gig.

Saturday, 6/11 – Cherie Currie – Brighton Music Hall

The former Runaways front woman takes on Brighton Music Hall this weekend to headline a benefit show for the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth as part of Pride Week 2016. While we expect to hear some legendary Runaways tunes, she’ll also be supporting last year’s comeback effort, Reverie, produced by her son, Jake Hays. It’s her name, and the new record proves that so much of the classic Runaways sound was Currie’s voice. Boston’s glam captains Gene Dante and the Future Starlets open.

Tuesday, 6/14 – Pierce the Veil – Paradise Rock Club

San Diego’s Pierce the Veil have been around for a decade, but it seems the Warped sound poster boys are getting a bit more notice lately. With their latest LP, Misadventures, the band expands on their style to indulge a more progressive rock vein, with intertwining guitar leads, and deftly navigated song forms. But that doesn’t mean they’ve left their hardcore roots behind. The band still slams as hard as they ever have. Other west coast emo revivalists I the Mighty and Movements open the show.

Thursday, 6/16 – The Cure – Agganis Arena

The icons of 80s pop goth have been around seemingly forever (or roughly forty years), but the only constant through the band’s entire career has been frontman Robert Smith. When the current tour was announced, there was some speculation that it was a farewell tour. But Smith put together one of the most dynamic and capable lineups the Cure has ever set to stage. Early notices on concerts to kickoff the tour have the band playing some of their best shows in years. They certainly don’t seem ready to say goodbye just yet. The Twilight Sad will cast the mood as openers.

Friday, 6/17 – Aesop Rock – Paradise Rock Club

Aesop Rock is no stranger to Comm Ave. As a student at BU in the late 1990s, he launched his career as an indie MC, connecting with the hip hop underground familiar to so many Boston fans. His reputation as a loquacious MC capable of dropping ten-cent words during dense locutions has garnered him both detractors and dedicated fans — are his rhymes affected chatter, or penetrating erudition? It doesn’t matter when you hear him live. Friday at the Paradise, his fiery verses will bounce off textured, impressionistic backdrops, making everyone a fan. He’ll be performing with Rob Sonic and DJ Zone, while Homeboy Sandman opens.