The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (September 3 – 9)

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.

Wednesday, 9/6 — Kevin Morby at The Sinclair

We’ve been digging Kevin Morby since catching up with him at Boston Calling this year, and are fans of his 2017 release City Music, a sort of love letter dedicated to all of the unforgettable cities that the singer-songwriter has come across. And that list is large. In addition to moving around often as a child, Kevin is constantly on tour and has learned to find inspiration within his travels. “There’s this process that takes place where it’s just everything that you take in on the road,” he tells Uproxx in a recent interview. “You don’t process it right away, but then when I get back home, it all kind of comes out. It’s like filling this creative song bank with a bunch of material, and when I finally get a chance to sit down, it all comes out in its own way.” Jaye Bartell will open.

Thursday, 9/7 — The Novel Ideas at Cafe 939

This may be the third time we’ve recommended a Novel Ideas show? Honestly, we’ve lost count. And we’re not going to stop anytime soon. This is a particularly important show as it marks: 1) the release of the band’s new self-titled album, and 2) the beginning of a tour that will be taking the band all over the U.S.. The album’s official release date is 9/8, so this will be a first listen, hometown celebration and you bet we’ll be there. The DuPont Brothers will join, and don’t forget to check out their WGBH in studio performance from 2016.

Friday, 9/8 — Weakened Friends at O’Briens Pub

The Portland-based Weakened Friends are taking a road trip down 95 as part of their September shows, and I’m willing to bet they’ll be bringing their new single “Hate Mail” with them. The new song features a cameo from none other than J. Mascis, frontman for Dinosaur Jr. which makes us really happy. What can you expect from the song? A commentary on toxic relationships, at the very least. But don’t take our word on it. The band’s bio says it all: “On the track, a buzz of feedback slips into melodic guitar and an unshakable rhythm as the front woman captivates with the confessionally catchy refrain,’I hate everything you’re saying, get away from me. I hate everything we’re doing, it’s a waste of me.’ It’s the perfect backdrop for an epic Mascis cameo.” Gift Shop and Heavy Pockets will open.

Saturday, 9/9 — Buffalo Tom at Royale

Buffalo Tom are going out for a night on the town to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their 3rd studio album Let Me Come Over, and we’re all invited. “Time always goes faster and faster, but it all depends how you look at it,” Buffalo Tom front man Bill Janovitz said in a recent interview about the anniversary. “I look back and think ‘wow that was 25 years ago,’ but it’s always been a continuum for us. It’s like a prism. I look at the years of the band through my kid’s eyes; as in my kids are 12 and 18 and it makes me remember things in that time span of my life.” Beggars reissued the album as a nice little birthday present, and packaged it with a live album from one of the band’s UK shows in 1992. The live album marks a first for Buffalo Tom, so this is a must-have for fans. And heads up you guys, they’ve been teasing new material and you might just get a preview of something at the show. Can’t wait until 9/9? We have a great photo gallery from their 2016 show at the Paradise to tide you over.