The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (April 29-May 6)

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.

Friday, 4/29 – Elephant Revival at Paradise Rock Club

The ethereal trappings of Elephant Revival’s sound extends into a spirituality and an ethos the band preaches — one reflecting on community, sociality, and commonality of experience in music. Their latest release, Petals, maintains that sensibility, furthering their peculiar, yet grounded take on contemporary folk. The untroubled fluttering of their melodies certainly do draw an audience in, and that peace and congregation will no doubt hold at Paradise this evening. They’re supported by Dispatch frontman, Chadwick Stokes.

Saturday, 4/30 – Matthew Logan Vasquez at Cafe 939

Delta Spirit was part of a wave of late-00s Americana indie groups that seemed to flood clubs and radio. Moreover, they were sometimes lumped in with the Laurel Canyon revival along with fellow Californians Dawes (with whom Matthew Logan Vasquez will play a few dates this summer). But Delta Spirit’s take on Americana has always felt a little darker, and a little moodier than their contemporaries. Their frontman, Matthew Logan Vasquez’s solo release, Solicitor Returns, is darker, and heavier, and owes more to Crazy Horse than it does to Laurel Canyon. Dustin Lovelis supports.

Sunday, 5/1 – Bob Mould at Paradise Rock Club

Contrary to popular wisdom, there are second acts in American life. And third acts. Any maybe even more. Bob Mould has been working on solo music since the dissolution of Sugar in 1995, but even calling this solo period a fourth act after his work in Hüsker Dü and Sugar would be wrongheaded. His work since ’95 has been so variegated that he’s crammed a whole separate career into the past twenty years. His latest trio, with bassist Jason Narducy and drummer Jon Wurster and together since 2012, come to the Paradise on Sunday to support Patch the Sky. It will get loud. Inveterate and incisive songwriter Ted Leo opens.

Tuesday, 5/3 – Santigold at House of Blues

For many, “L.E.S. Artistes” was a revelation, introducing us to an important and innovative voice for new millennium pop. The oft-told story around Santigold is that in a previous life, she was record exec Santi White for Epic. But it’s been nearly a decade since she’s been Santigold (well, Santogold for a while), and while she’s shaken the mantle of exec, she clearly hasn’t shaken the body of music to which that life led her. Her eclectic sensibility and voluminous energy will come to the fore live at the House of Blues on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 5/4 – Snarky Puppy at House of Blues

Jazz? Fusion? Rock? Something good. Bassist Michael League and friends formed Snarky Puppy while studying in the revered jazz studies program at the University of North Texas. The collective relocated to Brooklyn, and has since become the most innovative and copied jazz/rock/funk band working today. They’re touring their latest record, Culcha Vulcha, dropping today, and that tour brings them to the House of Blues Wednesday with vocalist Lucy Woodward.