The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (July 23-29)

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, 7/23 — Primus at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
While you may know that we’re big fans of Les Claypool – check out our full set of The Claypool Lennon Delirium – what you might not know is that our adoration began early on, with Primus’ Tales from the Punchbowl. Luckily, now that we’re big kids, we won’t have to sneak out of our parents house to go see their particular brand of bizarro rock at Blue Hills. Clutch will open, promoting their 2015 release Psychic Warfare, so it promises to be a fun(ky) night!

Monday, 7/24 — Jamila Woods at Great Scott
Just off the main stage at Pitchfork Music Festival, Jamila Woods is making her way to Boston to bring her signature soul style to the masses. Using R&B, Gospel and 90’s alternative rock as touchstones for her own unique work, Woods said in a recent Chicago Tribune interview that she: “think[s] of songs as a physical space. It’s like if you were decorating your apartment: You want things around you that are comforting to you or that are beautiful to you,” she tells me. “For me, it’s bringing in my inspirations and things that comfort me to be with me in something that I’m making.” We can’t wait to hear more, Ms. Woods.

Tuesday, 7/25 — Slayer at House of Blues
So maybe we have a little bit of a soft spot for Metal – but believe us when we say that this is a show you’ll want to see even if Metal isn’t your jam. Slayer is one of the original thrash metal bands, and their driving guitars and blistering vocals are timeless – pieces they wrote in 1981 still sound fresh. And with Lamb of God and Behemoth opening, it’s going to be a wild night, perfect for people spotting and moshing. But if moshing isn’t something you’re into, no problem. Get a balcony ticket and let it all wash over you.

… or if Metal really isn’t your thing:

Adam Lambert + Queen at TD Garden
“I know what you’re thinking,” Lambert stated early in a recent show out of St. Paul. “He’s no Freddie Mercury. Who’s this guy? I know. Freddie is a god and there will be only one. I’m a fan just like you guys. I’m so blessed to be singing these songs and keeping them in a live space.” Despite Lambert’s words, quoted in CityPages, the Adam Lambert + Queen tour has been garnering rave reviews at nearly every stop. From praise for the original band’s stronger-than-ever playing to Lambert’s own over-the-top performance, their work paying tribute to Freddie Mercury’s memory has been welcomed by fans and lauded by the queer community. Enjoy the show, and get ready to sing!

Saturday, 7/29 — The Head and the Heart at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

From their humble starts at open mic nights in Seattle, to their recent turns on-screen, The Head and the Heart is best known for their uplifting folk-rock melodies and sunshine-y lyrics. “It just felt good to make music, and I think that comes through on the record,” said lead Jonathan Russell in a recent interview with Esquire. “There’s a lot of tough things that go on in the world, and there are a lot of great things that happen in the world, and I think [our latest album] shines a light on the great things in the world.” Big Thief will open.