The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (April 1-8)

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, 4/3 – Wolf Alice at Brighton Music Hall

Wolf Alice seems as if they’ve been around for years. One would think a band that has been buzzing among music critics since 2012 would have released a boatload of music by now. But we’ve only had one full-length and a couple of EPs from this London quartet. Nonetheless, the band plays Brighton Music Hall this weekend just off their first Grammy nod, bringing their shoegazey trudge and ethereal heaviness with them.

Monday, 4/4 – St. Germain at House of Blues

St. Germain has been around for years. The stage name of French DJ Ludovic Navarre, St. Germain recently released an eponymous album that is his first since 2000’s TouristSo far, St. Germain hasn’t matched the ubiquity of Tourist, but it certainly does match its downtempo chill and spacey take on acid jazz. Groove live with him at the House of Blues this Monday.

Wednesday, 4/6 – Lucy Dacus at the Middle East

We’ll be honest. We didn’t know much about Lucy Dacus until seeing she’d be playing upstairs at the Middle East. But her bluesy take on retro-slacker songwriting echoes other contemporary singer songwriters like Courtney Barnett and Natalie Prass. Dacus’s recent release No Burden is worth repeated listens if only to reconcile all that she’s offering on a debut LP. She headlines a bill including Animal Flag, Moving Panoramas, and Boston’s The Western Den.

Thursday, 4/7 – noé at Red Room at Cafe 939

noé’s “Lady” has been getting plenty of critical notice lately, and rightly so. We’d put it on a “Best of 2016 So Far” list if only she hadn’t released it toward the end of 2015. No matter. Calling the track seductive is almost too on-the-nose to describe it. The slow-burn bass-dropping groove is offset by noé’s smooth, sweaty vocal. And that’s just the first single. We’re sure the rest of the set will be just as beguiling. noé is supported by Mafalda and Natasha Phé.

Friday, 4/8 – Sondre Lerche at David Friend Recital Hall

Sondre Lerche led a coterie of Scandinavian pop singers crashing American scenes in the mid-00s, from Jens Lekman and Hello Saferide to Britta Persson and Peter, Bjorn, and John. And while they all seemed to have a sweet, ear-wormy melodicism in common, Sondre Lerche counters that with a sonic experimentation that seems extraterrestrial: Zappa meets Abba. Next Friday, Lerche performs in the intimate setting of David Friend Recital Hall at Berklee.