The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (November 19 – 25)

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 11/20 — Kamasi Washington at Royale

When Kamasi Washington released The Epic in 2015, it instantly set him on a path as a torchbearer for progressive, improvisational music that would open the door for new audiences. He followed that work with collaborations with artists like Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels, and John Legend. His mass appeal continues to grow drawing multi-generational crowds to his shows. “I kept thinking about how ironic it is how people who live in places where there is diversity tend to love it—and the people that don’t live in particularly diverse places tend to be the ones attacking it,” Washington tells Pitchfork about the art installation that inspired his upcoming album in a recent interview. “In a way, that’s similar to music, which is essentially the art of bringing things together. You’re combining different colors, ideas, and shapes to make them more beautiful than they are individually. It’s 12 notes and a scale, but the better you are at combining those notes is what makes you a good musician.” Next up for Washington is Harmony of Difference, due for release this Fall and his sophomore album slated for 2018. CC & The Catastrophe will open.

Tuesday, 11/21 — Chris Thile at the Sanders Theatre

Celebrity Series of Boston audiences will recall Chris Thile’s solo-mandolin concert at the Sanders Theatre in 2013. And Front Row Boston audiences remember when we captured his band Punch Brothers performing live at House of Blues in 2014. His talent is unmatched as a performer in classical repertoire, down-home classics, and originals. Now as the host of NPR’s Prairie Home Companion, Thile’s skills as an entertainer are becoming known to an even wider audience. “I want the show to be a home for the breadth of the good music being made in the world,” he tells Rolling Stone in an interview about his musical tastes, and broadening the show’s appeal to younger audiences. “My musical output has been consistently acoustic, but my taste has not. I love everything. As long as it’s good, I’m in.” We all couldn’t be more excited that he’s returning for a solo performance.

Saturday 11/25 — Liam Gallagher at House of Blues 

Liam Gallagher swaggered his way through the britpop boom of the 90s with is band Oasis, belting out singles like “Live Forever,” “Wonderwall,” and “Cigarettes and Alcohol.” Despite ascending to a level of success not seen in the UK since The Beatles, their foundations were built on shaky ground – namely the relationship between Liam and his older brother Noel. The band finally called it quits in 2009, and the brothers went their separate ways. Liam went on to release two records as Beady Eye, and is now going solo with his first album As You Were. “I never really wanted to go solo. I still find it all a bit peculiar even though that’s just the way it’s got to be,” he tells Variety in a recent interview. “I’d much prefer to be in a band. I’d much prefer being in Oasis. I liked having the lads around and having a laugh. But that’s not to be, so solo it is.” Warbly Jets will open.