The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (May 13-20)

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, 5/14 – Peach Kelli Pop at Middle East Downstairs

What started as a solo project for Canadian power popper Allie Hanlon has evolved over the course of just a few years into a full-fledged sugary pop dream. Peach Kelli Pop combines the ethereal grind of the Vivian Girls with the sunny California hooks of Best Coast, and the result is hauntingly sweet. The best evidence is the title track from their forthcoming LP, “Halloween Mask.” We’re a little creeped out, and it makes us look forward to their gig at the Middle East this Saturday that much more. Secret LoverGravel, and The Electric Street Queens fill out the rest of the bill.

Sunday, 5/15 through Sunday, 5/22 – Together Festival Boston – Various Locations

Our Short List seems a little shorter this week. In a way, it is. But it’s a bit of an illusion. Starting Sunday, Boston’s biggest and best dance music festival kicks off at locations around the city. And instead of trying to cover the whole festival in one shot, FRB contributor Dillon Riley has you covered for Together. Head on over to see Dillon’s picks for the festival.

Sunday, 5/15 and Thursday, 5/19 – The Kills at Paradise Rock Club

There are few voices in rock and roll like Alison Mosshart. Even from the earliest recordings with her first band, Discount, it was clear that Mosshart’s earthy alto could skitter from jittery punk to wailing vamp on the turn of a dime. And her main project with guitarist Jamie Hince, the Kills, takes full advantage of the breadth and affect of her voice. Electronic grooves overlain with Hince’s puncturing leads back Mosshart’s vocal, so it’s no wonder the band needed a second show to accommodate the folks looking to hear the drive and the riddle of the Kills. LA Witch supports for both shows.

Thursday, 5/19 – Kevin Griffin at Brighton Music Hall

Billed as “An Evening with Kevin Griffin,” Thursday night at Brighton Music Hall will not see the Better than Ezra frontman in his best VH-1 Storytellers mode. In fact, in an interview with FRB earlier this week, Griffin promised us as much, saying even he can tolerate a guy with an acoustic guitar singing overly earnest songs for only so long. We’ll be running a longer preview of this show on Monday, but for the short list, we’ll just say that the recent news of Better than Ezra playing the Rock Boat this coming winter had Griffin musing on how he might perform the theme from the Love Boat, but only if dressed as Captain Stubing. That alone would be worth the price of admission.