Weekend Music Ideas: September 7, 2018

First Aid Kit, Drake, the Jesus Lizard, Ex Hex, Celia Woodsmith and more


The first Friday of September pops with varied concert options. Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg (pictured) have broadened the scope and sound of their folk-rock outfit First Aid Kit, from Klara’s breakup tunes on Ruins to a cover of Kate Bush’s “Running up That Hill,” performing with a band that incorporates pedal steel and trombone as they roll into Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Friday. On a larger scale, Drake teams with Migos under the billing Aubrey & the Three Migos for a three-night stand at TD Garden on Friday through Sunday, using the stage as a video canvas to hip-hop pathos, while country fans can flock to Worcester’s DCU Center to satisfy their sweet tooth with the combo Sugarland on Friday.

Drum maximalists rejoice when Terry Bozzio (known for his work with Frank Zappa and Missing Persons) showcases what may be the world’s largest tuned drum and percussion kit, giving him plenty of melodic and textural options at City Winery on Friday. Eli “Paperboy” Reed brings soul veterans Willie Hightower and Thelma Jones to Sonia at the Middle East. And post-punk agitators the Jesus Lizard lurch into Royale the same night for their first Boston show in nearly a decade. Jump here to my recent chat with frontman David Yow, who’s bound to get up close and personal with the crowd.

Saturday intrigues with guitarist/singer Mary Timony (Helium, Wild Flag) rocking out with her trio Ex Hex at Great Scott, singer/guitarist Celia Woodsmith (Della Mae) toasting her new solo album Cast Iron Shoes with her vintage rock group Say Darling at the Lizard Lounge, and Norwegian soul-rocker Bernhoft expanding his craft with band the Fashion Bruises at the Sinclair. Jazz fans, in turn, can catch a straight-ahead, all-star Saturday summit of saxophonist Donald Harrison, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Billy Cobham at the Regattabar. And Sunday offers the chance to see English dance-pop group Saint Etienne perform their 1998 favorite Good Humor, presumably with good humor, at Brighton Music Hall.

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