The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (June 3-10)

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.

Friday, 6/3 – Ruby Rose Fox – The Middle East

Boston-based psychedelic soul singer Ruby Rose Fox pops up every now and again for a tear-it-down set at various venues across town. With her forthcoming LP, Domestic, seeing a CD release this evening at the Middle East, we’re guaranteed another party that celebrates the powerhouse voice from another era. Jeremy and The HarlequinsJulie Rhodes, and Weakened Friends — a band we’re hoping to feature on their own on the Short List soon — support in what promises to be a dynamic and high-octane lineup.

Saturday, 6/4 – Nada Surf – Paradise Rock Club

Nada Surf debuted on a national stage twenty years ago this month with “Popular.” The video fueled a number of adolescent fantasies and cast the band among schticky alternative rockers like the Bloodhound Gang, Green Jelly, and even the Flaming Lips. But, like the Lips, Nada Surf outlasted their gimmickry, and behind the songwriting of frontman Matthew Caws, the band has thrived, even two decades later. They arrive at the Paradise Saturday to close out the first North American leg of their tour supporting You Know Who You Are, released in March. Brooklyn bands Big Thief and Bird of Youth open.

Saturday, 6/4 – The Humanoids – Midway Cafe

Oh, the Humanoids. If you’ve been around Boston long enough, you’re mighty familiar with our town’s own metal gods, Rob Halford trademarks be damned. At a time when bands toying with classic metal sounds drawing on Dio and Judas Priest are often read as ironic or wry, the Humanoids’ earnestness in rocking as hard as they possibly can is exhilarating. And the whole lineup will thrill, with classic hard rockers The Heave Ho, punks The Straight Eights, and self-proclaimed big, dumb rockers Ass Tractor all opening.

Sunday, 6/5 – Lord Huron – House of Blues

Sunday’s show at House of Blues may be a case of the opener having exceeded the fame of the headliner by the time the show rolls around. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats have boomed across alternative and alt country radio over the past half year, and there may be a pop crowd out to hear them. For that reason, we’re seeing the show being pitched as a double bill. Either way, let’s hope the folks enamored by Rateliff’s radio hit, “S.O.B.” stick around for the otherworldly, rootsy drive of Lord Huron. Their latest LP, Strange Trailsis a year old, but still deserves heavy rotation for its stylistic variety and the rewards it bestows upon repeated listening. Folkabilly artist Caroline Rose kicks off the evening.

Wednesday, 6/8 – Beach Weather – Cafe 939

Pop rockers Beach Weather, led by local guitarist/vocalist Nick Santino, take on Cafe 939 this week. The band released their infectious debut EP last summer, What a Drag, to coincide with a tour with Arizonan band The Maine. They’ll be opening later this week for fellow Bay Staters PVRIS, but we’d suggest catching them headlining their own set the night before at Cafe 939 where every tune will be an ear worm on par with their latest single, the synthpoppy, “New Skin.” Eau Claire, Wisconsin’s The Millennium and Boston’s Work support.