From all-day outdoor festivals to sweaty, sweltering bar rooms, the summer season has so much to offer to concertgoers! If you’re tired of scrolling through countless pages of show listings or just looking for a way to celebrate summer in the city, Selected Sounds is back to lend a helping hand. A few members of the team at Sound of Boston have rounded up which concerts they’re most eager to attend this July. From funk metal to R&B, there’s a little something for every type of music fan.
Wednesday, July 5th, 2017
Alex Giannascoli is young — only 23-years-old — but has already gone through a great transformation in his sound and self. Adding the prefix (Sandy) before his moniker Alex G, the singer-songwriter announced a shift in perspective both in nomenclature and sound: 2016’s Rocket hosts a clarified vision, with clean guitar riffs supported by buoyant keyboard and churning, upbeat drums; 2014’s DSU is layered in noise, weaving the introspective lyrics into an, at times, indecipherable tapestry. Rocket found itself on NPR’s World Cafe earlier this month and has helped earn (Sandy) Alex G household name status among the indie community. “Bobby” is a wistful duet with a twinge of folksiness, while “Proud” is anthemic and broad — every song on Rocket further reveals Giannascoli’s talents. On stage, he soars, melding with his guitar and leaning into its every note. Paired with the deeply personal, sweeping synth-pop of Japanese Breakfast, this is a show you won’t want to miss.
Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
Royal Headache at The Sinclair -Selected by Matt E.
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017
Primus at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion -Selected by Matt M.
Primus are one of those truly bizarre bands that constantly transcends both labels and genres. Some fans apply the label “funk metal”, but even that would only describe about half of their discography that stretches back to 1990. After all, their most recent album was an eerie, psychedelic cover of the entire soundtrack to the 1971 film, “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” Les Claypool, the man behind the madness that is Primus, has been a key innovator in bass guitar over the past 30 or so years. The percussive sounds he procures from his instrument, as he wildly slaps, pops, and taps his strings, are unlike any other and have both inspired and frustrated players trying to mimic his outlandish techniques. Primus never disappoints with their live performances and the scenic Pavilion is the perfect place to take in a summer show on the harbor, so don’t miss out!
Monday, July 24th, 2017
Jamila Woods at Great Scott -Selected by Knar
You probably know Jamila Woods’ voice, even if you don’t know her name. The Chicago-based R&B artist and poet has worked on many projects with Chance the Rapper, and has lent her vocals for Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment’s “Sunday Candy” and Macklemore’s “White Privilege II.” Her soulful, jazzy 2016 release, HEAVN (which Pitchfork appropriately slapped with a “Best New Music” label), is going to be re-released with indie record label Jagjaguwar. It’ll be interesting to see how the dark Great Scott setting will affect the mood of her bubbly neo-soul numbers, though perhaps lyrically, it will be appropriate—after all, her songs touch on oppression, violence, isolation. Anyway, one thing is for sure; we’re looking forward to hearing her smooth, soothing sound in person.