The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (November 5 – 11)

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, 11/6 — Barns Courtney at Great Scott

Barns Courtney is running the show now, and is coming to town with the newly released Attractions of Youth. It’s his first full length studio album and we’re already in love because it’s one of those rare albums where when you listen to it you feel like each one of the songs could be a single. “Bowie always used to say don’t play to the gallery,” Barns Courtney tells in a recent interview about the album’s songs. “[But] people don’t want you to play to them, they want to hear something that’s real and honest because unless it is, your music is immediately transparent and how can people connect to something that doesn’t come from a real place.” Heads up, you’ll get a digital download of the new album with the purchase of your ticket! LA-based Craig Strickland will open.

Wednesday, 11/8 — A Perfect Circle at Agganis Arena

A Perfect Circle performed a series of sold out shows earlier this year, marking their first tour out in nearly six years. Now they’re returning to the road, and we presume it’s to help support another milestone for the band — 2018 will be the year they release their first studio album in nearly 15 years. It’s been been delayed due to consistent creative changes within the instrument section of the new songs. Frontman Maynard James Keenan tells Loudwire: “I’ve had instances where I’ve started to write stuff, and by the time I actually got it around and back and actually listening and whatever, the song had gone in a completely different direction. So everything that’s written melody wise or lyric wise was completely irrelevant now, and I have to start over.” It sounds like they’re on track now. Maynard goes on to say: “But it’s a great thing, what they’re doing is wonderful.” The Beta Machine will open.

Saturday, 11/11 — Iron & Wine at Berklee Performance Center

Sam Beam has been creating music as Iron & Wine for over a decade now. His recent release Beast Epic, is his first album in nearly four years. But that’s not a bad thing, and Beam’s relationship with time is far from contentious. “I have been and always will be fascinated by the way time asserts itself on our bodies and our hearts. The Ferris wheel keeps spinning, and we’re constantly approaching, leaving, or returning to something totally unexpected or startlingly familiar. The rite of passage is an image I’ve returned to often because I feel we’re all constantly in some stage of transition,” he says. “Beast Epic is saturated with this idea, but in a different way simply because each time I return to the theme, I’ve collected new experiences to draw from. Where the older songs painted a picture of youth moving wide-eyed into adulthood’s violent pleasures and disappointments, this collection speaks to the beauty and pain of growing up after you’ve already grown up.” John Moreland will open. The show was sold out, last we checked. Keep an eye out for third party ticket sales.