Faust @ Brighton Music Hall
The early ’70s saw the explosion of many fertile minds via the poorly-named ‘Krautrock’ movement (Kosmiche Musik is a more acceptable substitute) and while Can, Kraftwerk, Harmonia and Neu! grabbed a lot of the attention, the more temperamental and experimental Faust has to be included as one of the best from that period. Founding members Jean-Hervé Peron and Werner “Zappi” Diermaier have resurrected the band as faUSt and play a very rare Boston show this week. No word on whether they are bringing cement mixers and chainsaws but it’s guaranteed to be an interesting performance.
Brighton Music Hall. 158 Brighton Avenue, Boston. 7:00 pm/18+/$20. Tickets on sale now
Janelle Monae @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
The petite stature of Janelle Monáe belies her absolute powerhouse performance on stage and was the clear highlight from the 2016 Spring edition of Boston Calling. She found enough time between lauded acting roles to create her latest record, Dirty Computer, and if high-energy R&B is your thing, be sure to bring your booty down to the waterfront this weekend and shake it for all its worth.
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. 290 Northern Ave, Boston. 7:30 pm/all ages/$49.00+. Tickets on sale now
Foo Fighters, Dinosaur Jr., Speedy Ortiz @ Fenway Park
Because Saturday is penciled in for the above Janelle Monáe show, the scheduling gods have smiled upon you with two headlining performances by Foo Fighters. The toothiest grin in rock music knows local talent when he sees and hears it, and as with the previous Fenway show when Dave Grohl handpicked Mission of Burma to open one of the shows, the second date has performances by Dinosaur Jr. and Speedy Ortiz. Pioneer Valley represent!
Fenway Park. 4 Yawkey Way, Boston. 5:30 pm/all ages/$58.00+. Tickets on sale now
Body/Head @ Great Scott
And speaking of Western Mass musicians, Body/Head make a return to Boston in support of their highly lauded record The Switch. Kim Gordon has since moved back to LA after her divorce, but Bill Nace is still a resident and the duo has continued to work together to create dense, challenging and rewarding music. I imagine that there will be a decent overlap from people who will also be at faUSt, so it’s a perfect setting to make some new friends.
Great Scott. 1222 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. 9:00 pm/18+/$15. Tickets on sale now