The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (September 10 – 16)

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.

Thursday, 9/14 — The Afghan Whigs at Paradise Rock Club

There’s only one way to watch an Afghan Whigs show and that’s from the front row. They haven’t been in town for a while but we’re so lucky they’re coming back, and they’re bringing a new album with them. In Spades is the band’s 8th album; 2nd since reuniting in 2011, and a return to that feverish, all-the-emotions-driven sound that we all fell in love on day one. “I can tell you that many songs I have written in my life I don’t know what they mean right way, but I inevitably figure them out by performing them, ” Frontman Greg Dulli tells “I don’t know what ‘I Got Lost’ is about but I will say this, it’s the only song on the record that I wrote the lyrics to after I found out [guitarist] Dave Rosser had cancer. And when I listened to it about a month ago, I felt that feeling of when he told me that he was sick.” Unfortunately Dave Rosser lost his battle with cancer on June 28th, 2017. We wonder what the song sounds like/means to Dulli now.

Friday, 9/15 — Will Dailey at The Spire Center for Performing Arts

You know we love our Will Dailey. His vintage AM rock sound, combined with an endless passion for song-writing is a perfect pairing. But don’t take our word for it; check our his performance in our Fraser performance studio and then get yer butts to this show and see for yourself. Spire is saluting Americana with the lineup and Dailey will be joined by Dietrich Strause and the Blue Ribbons. This is sure to be a fun night.

Saturday, 9/16 — Sturgill Simpson at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Remember “Who the (bleep) is Sturgill Simpson?” from earlier this year? Of course you do. Sturgill received a surprise 2017 Album of the Year Emmy nomination and everybody lost their minds trying to figure out who he was. We weren’t shocked. A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, his 3rd studio album; THE album that earned him the nomination, is one of the best things we’ve heard this side of the 5th dimension. The best part? He wrote it for his newborn son as a sort of “manual” for life. Yes. Really. “I knew I wanted to make a concept record in song-cycle form, like my favorite Marvin Gaye records where everything just continuously flows,” Simpson tells Rolling Stone in a recent interview. “I also wanted it to be something that when my son is older and maybe I’m gone, he can listen to it and get a sense of who I was.” We recommend you take some time to get to know who Sturgill Simpson is. The VERY talented Fantastic Negrito will join. So much talent will be packed into this one show!

but also …

JOSEPH at The Sinclair

We hate to give you too many options for one night, but this one is just too good to pass on as well. We caught up with them at Brighton Music Hall last year and instantly fell in love; sisterly love. Allison, Meegan and Natalie Closner share more than a talent for harmonizing – they’re literally related! They’ve been touring out their 2nd album I’m Alone, No You’re Not, a record that covers themes of strength and family. “Four years ago, I was touring by myself and doing my own music,” Natalie tells in a recent interview. “I was halfway through my second tour, and I had a friend call me out and say, ‘It doesn’t really seem like you believe in this music anymore. You should be compelled by your own music, so what are you going to do to be compelled by your music?’ So I had the idea to ask Meegan and Allie, and it just kind of went from there.” Bailen will open.