AIR @ Royale
Aside from a couple West Coast festival shows last year, the French duo of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel haven’t been in the US for a while; 2010 was the last show they did in Boston, so be sure to catch their exquisite take on electro-romance pop at Royale this Monday. They aren’t touring on any specific record unless you count last year’s anthology of Twentyears, so expect a deep trawl through their discography.
Royale. 279 Tremont St., Boston 8:00 pm/18+/$50. Tickets on sale now
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds @ Boch Center
As anyone with a fleeting familiarity with the fire and brimstone show that is a Nick Cave performance, he’s one of the most electrifying musicians of this or any generation. Typically he’s illustrating, in graphic detail, the sorrows and pains of the world about him, but when his oldest son died in a tragic accident two years ago, the searing pain and heartache was focused solely inward. The resulting Skeleton Tree album and accompanying documentary One More Time With Feeling were hard-hitting and completely bawls-out somber, and it’ll be interesting to see Cave and his crack band that is the Bad Seeds translate this material to the stage.
Boch Center. 270 Tremont St,. Boston. 8:00 pm/all ages/Sold out, but check your favorite secondary seller
Ween @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
For those only familiar with the twisted world of Gene and Dean Ween via the novelty hit “Push The Lil’ Daisies,” that ditty barely scratched the epidermis of the twisted Boognish prophecies the two Keystone staters have unleashed on the world over the last three decades. After a brief hiatus, they are back playing shows, and if you’ve ever seen a band who can successfully pull off note-for-note impressions of Rick James, Motörhead, Jimmy Buffett, Thin Lizzy or Pink Floyd as original songs, I’d love to know who else can do this. No openers, so expect a full dose of the brown sound.
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. 290Northern Ave, Boston. 7:30 pm/all ages/$39.50+. Tickets on sale now