The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (November 12 – 18)

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 11/13 — The Strumbellas at Paradise Rock Club

We had a blast last year when the Canadian indie rock band played at the Paradise. The Strumbellas have been on the road ever since, in support of their 2016 hit single “Spirits”, and we’re delighted their coming back. “We just want to make good music moving forward and enjoy the ride,” Strumbellas frontman Simon Ward says about playing shows. “Seeing people enjoy our music and singing along to our songs is everything to us.” Noah Kahan will open.

Wednesday 11/15 — The Lone Bellow at House of Blues

We’ve been fans of the Lone Bellow since catching up with them in 2014 at the Paradise. Now they’re coming back with a new album in tow. The September 2017 release Walk Into the Storm is opening to great reviews and the band couldn’t be more thrilled. The path to its creation was not easy. When creating the follow-up to their 2014 release Then Came The Morning, the band confronted — and ultimately overcame — a host of personal obstacles: on the day they were to begin recording the album, guitarist Brian Elmquist entered a rehab facility for issues stemming from alcohol abuse. “There’s a thousand different ways this could have gone down but it’s the way it did,” says Elmquist, and feels the tumultuous experience helped “put what we’re doing in perspective.” “I got to see the love and friendship we have for each other in action. I’m thankful.” The Wild Reeds will open.

or if you’re looking for something else…

John Carpenter at Royale

This man is a real legend. As the director and composer behind dozens of classic movies, including Halloween, The Fog, and Escape from New York, John Carpenter has established a reputation as one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of modern cinema, as well as one of its most influential musicians. The minimal, synthesizer-driven themes to his films are as indelible as their images, and their timelessness was evident as Carpenter performed them live in a string of internationally sold-out concert dates in 2016. A year later and he’s on the road again, touring with the recently announced Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, a collection of 13 of his classic movie themes newly recorded with the collaborators including his son, Cody Carpenter. This show is going to be incredible.

Thursday 11/16 – Saturday 11/18 — Letters to Cleo at Paradise Rock Club

We’re still reeling from the Letters to Cleo show at the Paradise last year. And now we’re brimming with joy since the Boston darlings are coming back and will be playing their first three albums in their entirety over three nights to support the vinyl re-releases. Here’s the schedule: November 16th – Aurora Gory Alice, November 17 – Wholesale Meats And Fish, and November 18th – Go!The Blake Babies will open each night. We’ll see you at all three shows, Boston.