Concert Watch: Oct. 17th-18th

All right, concert-goers, you know the drill– as the temperature in Boston becomes less and less bearable, it’s the responsibility of the music scene to pull us from our pre-winter dread. This week’s lineup rises to the challenge, with equal doses of the new, old, known, and emerging, so before you weep at having your gloves on in October, give these guys their fair shot.

The Wombats–The Paradise (Wednesday, October 17th)
Although the Wombats aren’t the first band from Liverpool to come to one’s mind, they’ve done their part in carving out a space in the indie scene since their start in 2003. The Wombats EP of 2008 brought the group to the American audience and they’ve done well by us ever since. They’re gracing The Paradise with their presence tonight in support of 2011′s The Wombats Present: The Modern Glitch.

Silversun Pickups– The Orpheum (Wednesday, October 17th)
LA dream pop legends return to Boston tonight at the Orpheum in support of their third album blending alt rock with dream synth, Neck of the Woods. Though it’s already their tenth year in the rotation of shrewd listeners’ iPods, the Pickups have a knack for always sounding of-the-moment and putting on a hell of a show.

Ben Sollee–Brighton Music Hall (Thursday, October 18th)
For a guy who still hasn’t hit thirty, Ben Sollee has the world at his feet with two albums out this year alone, a live recording and Half Made Man, which he’s stopping by the Brighton Music Hall to support this week. A prolific cellist and composer, listeners will remember Sollee from his collaboration with Abigail Washburn and the Sparrow Quartet and (best of all!) an incredible recent performance at WERS.

The Mountain Goats– House of Blues (Thursday, October 18th)
No self-respecting indie snob can get through a conversation on lo-fi music without a mention of the Mountain Goats, the California band who have been innovating the style since their underground origins in the early 1990s. Twenty years and fourteen albums later, the Goats are as good-humored and high-thinking as ever, and are currently touring for their second record with Merge, Transcendental Youth. When a band’s got jokes that are as amazing as their songs, you know you’ve got a show worth seeing.

By Jamie Loftus

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