The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (November 26 – December 2)

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.

Tuesday 11/28 & Wednesday 11/29 — Rufus Wainwright at City Winery

Eight studio albums and three live albums later, we think it’s safe to say that Rufus has established himself as one of the great male vocalists, composers, and songwriters of his generation. He’s also made a name for himself in the classical world. His first opera Prima Donna premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July 2009, and subsequently performed in London, Toronto, and at the Brooklyn. Since then he’s been commissioned by the Canadian Opera Company to write his second opera based on the story of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and Antinous, which will premiere in Toronto in October 2018. We don’t know if you’ll get a preview during the show, but you can certainly expect some fantastic music. When it comes to life music, Rufus is the bees knees.

Thursday 11/30 — St. Vincent at House of Blues

Three years after her robotically pulsating self-titled album, St. Vincent returns to the fold with her fifth effort, and the accompanying “Fear the Future Tour”, and we couldn’t be more excited. The multi-instrumentalist (real name Annie Clark) carries on the legacy of heroes such as David Bowie and David Byrne by bringing together melodious pop and avant-garde experimentation. She also recently branched out into filmmaking by directing a segment of the horror anthology XX (and we think her segment is the best).

Saturday 12/2 — Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at Brighton Music Hall

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are on the road celebrating the 10th anniversary of their seminal album Some Loud Thunder, and will be performing it in its entirety live for the first time. According to the band, the album was written mostly as a reaction to the “not unwelcome but still uncomfortable great interest in the band’s first album, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.” In 2007, they were known alternatively as a band who presented a new paradigm for independent music, or whose model was based on sheer luck. As fans, we’re just happy that they’re a band who’s not afraid to take chances. Outer Spaces will open.