The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (September 24 – 30)

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, 9/24 — Seu Jorge at the Boston Symphony Hall

Brazilian singer-songwriter Seu Jorge is reprising his role as Pele (aka ‘Bossanova Bowie’) from Wes Anderson’s 2004 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. This time it’s on stage where he’s recreating the set alongside screens crafted as boat sails that will be displaying images from the film. It’s all in commemoration of David Bowie’s passing, who remarks on the beauty of Jorge’s covers of his music in the Life Aquatic Sessions liner notes.

The tour is also inspired by Seu’s father, who passed just one day after Bowie. Seu told Vice during a discussion about the tour: “I think celebrating life, art, and the good things are always the best way to keep going and honor the memory and legacy of the ones that have left us.” You can get tickets here. This is going to be a special evening.

Wednesday, 9/27 & Thursday 9/28 — Roger Waters at TD Garden

Roger Waters released a new album this year. It’s been 25 years. Frankly though, we’re not shocked. It was only a matter of time before the Pink Floyd co-founder was woke by the polarizing worldly state of current affairs. And the album, Is This The Life We Really Want? is just as politically-charged as you’d expect.

Waters is taking it out for what he’s calling the Us + Them tour, which will be an 80/20 balance between the old and new. He told Billboard that he named the tour after “Us and Them” (a Pink Floyd song): “because it’s really specifically about the line from this 1973 song ‘Us and Them’ that goes ‘With, without/And who’ll deny that’s what the fighting’s all about.’ Because the main message that I have to propagate, if I can, is embodied in the (concept) that the idea of perpetual war, which has been embraced by the neocons particularly in the United States of America, is an entirely wrong way for the human race to live.”

You’ve got two shots to make this happen, Boston.

Thursday, 9/28 — Solange at the Orpheum Theatre

Solange is one fascinating and unpredictable artist. One day she’s cutting singles like “F*ck The Industry”, the next she’s appearing on the children’s TV show “Yo Gabba Gabba!”. While she might not have the commercial success of her older sister (Queen B), she’s still just as fierce and not afraid to stand up for what she believes in.

She’ll be storming into Boston next week on her Orion’s Rise tour, and the Houston native (born and raised) recently announced on Instagram that she will be donating all proceeds from the show to Hurricane Harvey Relief organizations. Her statement: ‘‘I’m committed to partnering with organizations on the ground in Houston and making contributions to uplift the city that raised me with so much love.’’

Sounds like a great time to catch a great show and contribute to a great cause. Sun Ra Arkestra will open.

Saturday, 9/30 —Tash Sultana at the Paradise Rock Club

Australia’s sensational indie rock artist, Tash Sultana, is bringing her signature sounds to the ‘Dise!

Tash (aka Natasha) is a singer-songwriter, beatboxer, and multi instrumentalist who began her musical journey by learning to play the guitar when she was just 3 years old. She went on to master several instruments and started busking on the streets of Melbourne until her breakthrough came when a video of her performance went viral. Now she’s got an EP, Notion, and is selling out shows all over the U.S. and it’s got her head reeling. But she couldn’t be more happy.

She said in an interview, “I love the fact that there are so many people who have come to appreciate what I’m doing, that is just the best feeling in the world.”

The Melbourne folk duo Pierce Brothers will open the special show, and heads up — it might already be sold out.