The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (March 25-April 1)

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.

Saturday, 3/26 – Lazer Lloyd at Thunder Road

We’ve been waiting for this one. Lazer Lloyd brings his fiery and pensive blues from Tel Aviv to Somerville on the heels of his latest eponymous album released last summer. Lazer Lloyd defies reading his music as a curiosity. He’s Hassid and he’s a bluesman. Those identities don’t conflict, but intersect with each other to generate a deeply felt and emotionally resonant take on contemporary blues. He’s supported by the Jimmy Bez Blues Band.

Tuesday, 3/29 – Bonnie Raitt at Orpheum Theatre

Consider Lazer Lloyd’s show a blues primer, with Bonnie Raitt offering the masterclass a few nights later. Raitt is touring in support of Dig In Deep, which she released last month to a good deal of critical acclaim and anticipation. Couple that with a blistering ode to B.B. King during last month’s Grammy Awards ceremony, and it seems that Bonnie Raitt is playing the blues as well as ever. She’ll be supported at the Orpheum by the California Honeydrops, headlining their own show the night before at the Middle East.

Friday, 4/1 – Savages at Paradise Rock Club

Their new record, Adore Life, may give you the wrong impression. Savages’ sophomore effort is redolent of revelation and celebration, as if they’ve lost the admonishing edge that made their debut, Silence Yourself, so jolting. But Savages remains a fierce and impassioned force led by the arresting charisma of singer Jehnny Beth and anchored by a thundering rhythm section. We’re sure you’ll leave the Paradise adoring life even more after Friday.

Friday, 4/1 – HÆLOS at The Middle East, Upstairs

HÆLOS’ deep and abiding grooves rolling under Lotti Benardout’s crystalline and elastic vocals might call to mind a dark cousin to CHVRCHES’ wispy electronica, but the sound owes more to Massive Attack’s slow-burn trip. Their latest album, Full Circle, dropped last week and they arrive in Cambridge a week removed from much-anticipated sets at South By Southwest. They’re supported by Boston’s own Radclyffe Hall.

Friday, 4/1 – Hot Molasses at Lilypad

Hot Molasses play a power pop that recalls the Canadian Baroque pop explosion of the late 90s and early 00s, from Broken Social Scene and the New Pornographers through Sloan. But the contemporary, local take on that sound is loose and swinging, and their dual album release with Portland, ME’s First in Maths will shake those of us nostalgic for a little turn-of-the-millennium rock.