First and foremost, let me say that I am so glad to see Nickel Creek back in action. Seven years without this trio was a painfully long time to wait, but the new album A Dotted Line is oh-so-sweet. I’m thrilled the vacation is over and strongly recommend the record.
On Sunday, April 20th, SoCal pop rockers Hellogoobye will take the stage at Brighton Music Hall (remember Harper’s Ferry?) with Vacationer as part of their Spring #HelloVacaTour that kicked off in Chicago last night. Both bands bring smooth, catchy melodies on top of electronic-focused instrumentation.
Enjoy this throwback from Hellogoodbye and be sure to get out to BMH on the 20th.
Do you not have kids of your own? Did you miss the fun last year? Want to check out the bubble exhibit? Check out this awesome deal on Gilt City for a ticket to the 100th Anniversary Party at the Boston Children’s Museum.
Party starts at 9pm on Saturday, October 5, 2013
Ticket sales close October 4, 2013 on Gilt… there are no ticket sales on the day of the event
First off, to say I’m stoked to be covering Boston Calling, would be an understatement. One of the most openly accepted large events Boston has seen in recent years kicks off it’s second festival of the calendar year, in downtown Beantown on Saturday afternoon.
If you show up for three things all weekend and nothing else, which I’m not sure is possible or logical, but that’s besides the point, these are the 3 bands to see at Boston Calling this weekend.
Let’s get into it.
1. Deer Tick:
Song of the summer, hands down. Sorry Daft/Thicke (Marvin Gaye).
If you’ve never seen and/or heard one of this generations greatest song writer, first, what the hell is wrong with you? Second, now is your chance. McCauley and crew should bring a Bloody Mary and a whole new arsenal of ragers to the table Saturday afternoon. With their up coming release coming out on 9.24.13, this will be a little different than the usual rowdy rock shows in a sweaty club. It sounds like the guys have settled into a more mature sound, after relentless partying and touring the past few years. As fun as it was to see them let all their inhibitions go, I think I’ll be glad to see them ease off the gas of an unsustainable road life and plan for more great music going forward. With that said, if you don’t think I’m grabbing a beer and hoping they smash something, you sir, are sadly mistaken.
2. Vampire Weekend
After crushing a show at BU in May, Vampy Weeks is back to headline Saturday night. Continuing the maturity theme, I’m very excited to hear some of the new record, as the dark themes give them some character to fill out those boat shoes. Although you can never go wrong with Contra, it feels like these dudes have ditched their skinny jeans and are ready turn into that full blown, headlining act. Boston Calling is your stage gentlemen. Rejoice.
3. Local Natives
I have yet to see these guys live, but I don’t care, Hummingbird and Gorilla Manor are such strong albums, that even if Menino decides to go green and cut power during their set, I volunteer to park my car, with windows down, IN City Hall Plaza, and blast both until my battery dies.
Bonus: You Won’t
I freaking love this song, and if this is the type of talent Boston is going to keep producing, I can definitely see this festival turning Boston into an even more hip city.
There you have it, my 3 top bands (+Boston act) to see at Boston Calling this weekend. This is not to say Kendrick Lamar or Bearstonaut or Flume won’t be great, these are just one humble man’s feelings on who will crush.
So stay hydrated everyone, Tweet me YOUR favorite acts and Follow me on Instragram for live updates on Saturday. See you out there!