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[Photos]: Boston Calling 2019 – Day 2

By Will Oliver, June 2nd 2019

Photos by Dutch Doscher

Following an action packed Day 1 of Boston Calling 2019, we followed it up with Day 2, which featured headlining performances from Tame Impala, Hozier, and Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals.

Our photographer Dutch Doscher was there to capture photos of their set as well as others from the day, including King Princess, Denzel Curry, Shame, Betty Who, and Princess Nokia.

Find all of his shots from the day posted in the photo gallery below.
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[Photos]: Boston Calling 2019 – Day 1

By Will Oliver, May 31st 2019

Photos by Dutch Doscher

Last Friday, May 24th kicked off Day 1 of Boston Calling 2019, hosting it’s third straight year at the Harvard Athletic Complex.

Our photographer Dutch Doscher was there to capture photos from throughout the day, including headlining sets from Twenty One Pilots, Greta Van Fleet and Chvrches. The rest of the day featured performances from rising and established indie acts alike such as Christine and the Queens, Lord Huron, Gang Of Youths, Pale Waves, and Adia Victoria

Find a full gallery of photos from Day posted below and stay tuned for more photos from the rest of the weekend coming soon.
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Boston Calling Announces 2017 Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 12th 2017

The new and revamped Boston Calling is back in a big way. Not only will it take place at a much larger space with Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, Massachusetts over the weekend of May 26-28 (it’s now a 3-day festival too), but it sports a very impressive lineup.

Headling the festival is Tool, Mumford & Sons, Chance The Rapper. Then there’s Bon Iver, Sigur Ros, The XX, Weezer, The 1975, Major Lazer, Run The Jewels, Wolf Parade, Mac DeMarco, Car Seat Headrest, Mitski, Deerhoof, Whitney, Kevin Morby, Lucy Dacus, Solange, Cage The Elephant, Nataniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Tegan and Sara, Sylvan Esso, Flatbush Zombies, Oh Wonder, Danny Brown, Frightened Rabbit, Pup, Hiss Golden Messenger, Stand Of Oaks, and many more, including a film experience with Natalie Portman.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now, with early bird 3-day passes still available.

Recap: Boston Calling Spring 2015

By Will Oliver, July 2nd 2015

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This May marked my second time at Boston Calling, solidifying it along with New York’s Governors Ball and Delaware’s Firefly as one of the premier music festivals in the East Coast. Every spring and fall fans come together in City Hall Plaza for an unforgettable weekend of music. and this May was no different.

Although Friday only featured three acts, Boston Calling proved the old saying quality over quantity still rings true, with Sharon Van Etten, Beck, and Tame Impala teaming up to provide my favorite day of the entire weekend. That’s not to say that Saturday and Sunday didn’t pack quite the punch, as sets from My Morning Jacket, Pixies, St. Vincent, Tenacious D, Run The Jewels were some of the most memorable ones that you’d find all summer.

We had a grand old time at Boston Calling this spring, and hope to return very soon in the immediate future.

Below you can find links to each individual performance recap post, along with highlights of our favorite photos of each of the artist.
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Pixies at Boston Calling 2015

By Will Oliver, June 30th 2015

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Who better to close out the Boston Calling Music Festival, than local Boston heroes, Pixies?

I last caught the Pixies at The Capitol Theatre last May, and since then, the group has been touring steadily for the past year. Newly acquired bassist Paz Lenchantin has really grown to be a nice fit for the group live, doing the best that anyone could possibly do to replace the irreplaceable Kim Deal.

The band used their headlining spot to deliver a packed 32-song set full of all the hits as well as some more obscure cuts in between. It was a larger than life reminder of what makes the Pixies one of rock’s all time greats, and to see them still going strong against all the odds, well, that’s what it’s all about.

It was a perfect sendoff to a wonderful weekend of music.
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Tenacious D at Boston Calling 2015

By Will Oliver, June 30th 2015

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I’ll be honest, one of the true drawing points of the 2015 spring edition of Boston Calling was the booking of Tenacious D, the comedic rock duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass. I never actually thought I’d get to see them play live, which made their appearance one of the must sees performances of the summer festival circuit.

The group had festivalgoers simultaneously rocking out and laughing historically along to their rocking anthems and freaky comedic skits. Fans of their albums were entertained by faithful renditions of songs that played out just as much as a theatrical performance, as a head-banging rock concert. It was a glorious goofy set, but a good time that no attendees will be forgetting anytime soon.
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TV On The Radio at Boston Calling 2015

By Will Oliver, June 29th 2015

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After catching TV On The Radio rock the beautiful Kings Theatre just a few days before, I once again caught up with the Brooklyn rockers at Boston Calling last May.

The festival setting allowed the guys to trim the set to something more of a greatest hits set, starting with “Young Liars” and closing with “Staring At The Sun.” When you get to fill in the rest of a set with “DLZ,” “Dancing Choose,”” and “Wolf Like Me,” you’re in business.
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Vance Joy at Boston Calling 2015

By Will Oliver, June 29th 2015

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Rising singer-songwriter Vance Joy made his mark on Boston with a crowd-pleasing performance that proved that he’s a name you’ll be seeing plenty of over the next few years.

This was pretty obvious just based on the nearly constantly radio play of his single “Riptide.” But it was the cheering fanatic fans of Joy’s that made up the front rows of the Boston Calling crowd that made it perfectly clear that Joy is a star in the making. I guess Taylor Swift sees the same thing, as she brought him along as an opener for her current stadium tour.
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Jason Isbell at Boston Calling 2015

By Will Oliver, June 29th 2015 — with 1 comment

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Jason Isbell has had a successful solo career since departing from Drive-By Truckers. Since 2007 the alt-country singer has released five albums, with the latest album, Something More Than Free, coming next month via Southeastern Records.

He delighted the Boston Calling crowd with a set of folk-minded songs with a passionate homecooked way that was a more heartfelt “country” than the sort of stuff you hear on the radio and ends up the butt of a joke.

Isbell has not only seperated himself from his previous work with DBT, but truly emerged as a truly successful frontman.
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