The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (October 15 – 21)

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.

Sunday, 10/15 — Andrew W.K. at Brighton Music Hall

Andrew W.K. has found a way to combine metal, pop and dance into one hell of a unique sound. And let it be known: attending one of his shows will be the best cardio you’re going to get. But making music isn’t his only talent — consider him a triple threat. Andrew is also an entertainer and a self-help motivational speaker. His favorite topic? Partying, and remembering to do it. “I can certainly attest to partying being it’s own source of perpetual energy — the harder you party, the harder you’re able to party. The more you party, the more you’ll be able to keep on partying,” he tells arena.com in a recent interview.

“And just when you think you can’t possibly party any harder, you do, and realize that the party has only just begun.”

Awesome. We’ll in the front row partying with you. Sidewalk Driver and Shane Slaughter will open.

Wednesday, 10/18 — Grizfolk at Great Scott

Grizfolk are a 5-piece L.A.-based alt band on the road in support of their 2017 hit single “In My Arms”, a collaboration with singer-songwriter Jamie N Commons. This is the follow up to their 2016 debut full length release Waking up the Giants, an album layered with many disparate sounds and messages. “Every song is different from one another. Each song brings a different emotion and feel to it, whether it be through the beat or through melody,” the band tells groundsounds.com in an interview. “We wanted there to be a special relationship between each song on the album but also that individually be able to live their own lives.” Armors will open.

Thursday, 10/19 — Chelsea Wolfe at the Sinclair

Chelsea Wolfe has been doing a stellar job of using her music as a tool to make us stare at the mess swept under the rug. But with her recent release Hiss Spun, she wants you to get comfortable with embracing the mess. “You’re just bombarded with constant bad news, people getting fucked over and killed for shitty reasons or for no reason at all, and it seems like the world has been in tears for months, and then you remember it’s been fucked for a long time, it’s been fucked since the beginning,” Wolfe says. “It’s overwhelming and I have to write about it.” We couldn’t agree more.

Fun (local) fact: Hiss Spun was recorded in Salem earlier this year. While her past albums operated on the intimacy of stripped-down folk music, or the throbbing pulse of supplemental electronics, this new album wrings its exquisiteness out of a palette of groaning bass, pounding drums, and crunching distortion and inadvertently pulling from the aura of a cold New England winter. Witchy. And we 110% dig it. Youth Code will open.

Saturday, 10/21 — Queens of the Stone Age at the Agganis Arena

Queens of the Stone Age remind us that rock n’ roll is alive and breathing. The band is coming to town on tour with their 2017 release Villains, and leaving us to believe that this is their best work to date. “This is our seventh record, and we’re lucky enough — forget lucky, we’ve worked hard enough to have our own sound,” QOTSA frontman Josh Homme tells the NY Times in a recent interview. “But I worry about being too static, that it becomes a parody of itself. So I just was, like, we need to burn the effigies of things we would normally do, and to hang on to the idea of who we are but redefine our sound for modern days. For this record, it was like, man, we should risk our own reputations. We should take our old sound and screw it over.” Royal Blood will open.