The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (June 25-July 1)

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, 6/25 – The Dead Kennedys – Paradise Rock Club

When the icons of Bay Area punk reformed in 2001, they did so without vocalist Jello Biafra, with whom the rest of the band had legal entanglements regarding royalty payments. And since then, they’ve cycled through various singers. In 2008, they landed on Skip McSkipster, have since returned to live form in ways that belie their graying hair and aging hardcore cred. Coming through the Paradise this Saturday, they’ll continue telling Nazi punks where to get off. Hometown punks and hardcore thrash masters The Welch BoysStraw Dogs, Jerry’s Kids, and Burning Streets support the 18+ show.

Saturday and Sunday, 6/25-6/26 – Ray Lamontagne – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

The gravel-voiced singer/songwriter has developed quite a popular following in recent years (and not only because of his depiction of a forlorn dog in a popular insurance commercial). It seems he comes through Blue Hills Pavilion just about every summer, and the shows are always a bit of a homecoming for the Nashua native. This time around he’s supporting his latest release, Ouroborosrecorded with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James. James brought a more vulnerable sensibility to Lamontagne’s normal implacability, and that should resonate very well in concert.

Monday, 6/27 – Carl Broemel/The Novel Ideas – Cafe 939

While Jim James brought more sensitivity to Ray Lamontagne, his bandmate Carl Broemel has struck out on his own and will release his debut solo LP, 4th of July, this August. The record features both Laura Veirs and Neko Case (who have been up to some excellent work together) as well as other guests, and showcases Broemel’s power pop/Laurel Canyon songwriting. He’ll be paired with openers the Novel Ideas this week. Newton’s own country folk five some have experienced a rapid rise of late, and will give us a hometown gig before the head west for a few Pacific coast dates in July.

Wednesday, 6/29 – People Under the Stairs – The Middle East

The popular reputation of this LA duo is as the west coast’s answer to east coast backpackers like De La Soul. And People Under the Stairs can live up to this reputation with some of the most wide-ranging and cultivated lyrical references in hip hop. But don’t short the production, as this group has consistently explored a widening assemblage of production techniques influencing hip hop hop producers and MCs far and wide with their style. Why not listen to the group that the group you like listens to?

Friday, 7/1 – Weezer and Panic! At the Disco – Xfinity Center

Alternative pop rock vets Weezer and Panic! At the Disco roll into Mansfield next Friday evening, and all signs point to sunny sets celebrating the recent releases by each band. Weezer’s self-titled white album continued may have come out to wildly different critical responses (and is thus no different from Weezer’s last five or so records), but the band maintained their lively tuneful tack on pop rock and damn the critics, the audiences still dig the quartet. Likewise, Panic! At the Disco’s Death of a Bachelor was a return to form of sorts after a darker previous record, 2013’s Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!But critics haven’t dug it, though audiences certainly have. And really, critical disinterest and audience adulation seems to be the story of each band’s career. Former Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate frontman Andrew McMahon supports.