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The Decemberists Added to Boston Calling Lineup

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Just announced: The Decemberists will be taking the Boston Calling stage on May 24th for their first live show since August 2011. There will also be a limited number of single-day passes for Saturday and Sunday going on sale today at 12pm EST.

If these new developments don’t make you pumped up for the show, you need to get your heart checked.

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Third Boston Calling Festival Scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend 2014

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With a second successful music festival notched on the bedpost, Boston Calling organizers revealed a third event is already on the books for next Memorial Day weekend, May 24 and 25, 2014. The lineup is not yet announced, but this summer’s past shows featured indie rock and electronica with a few slots for locally prominent acts. The festivals were anchored by headliners such as Passion Pit, fun., Vampire Weekend and The National.

We’re big fans of Boston Calling’s and Crash Line Production’s musical tastes, as well as anything that creatively uses Government Center’s urban hellscape.

For people who enjoy planning things nine months in advance that aren’t weddings or babies, limited $75 weekend passes will be on sale tomorrow only, September 12 at 10:00 a.m. via Boston Calling.

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Boston Calling Turns it Up for Round 2

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Crash Line Productions is back with a second Boston Calling, and we couldn’t be more excited. There is another tremendous lineup, including Kendrick Lamar, You Won’t, Okkervil River, Vampire Weekend and Passion Pit. We Love Beantown will run a preview of the acts to catch, as well as reporting from the festival.

We like to explore how the festival uses City Hall Plaza, and how it has changed since May’s first event. We got the skinny from Mike Snow, co-founder of Crash Line, which produces Boston Calling. Check out the festival map above and you’ll see the short answer: it’s changed a lot.

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Photo of the Week: May 29, 2013

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An ode to ponchos.

People have been proudly rocking ponchos for hundreds of years. Granted, it’s been pretty much a South American thing historically – until Disney World. But with New England weather being what it is, Boston is for sure no stranger to this versatile garment.

It doesn’t get much easier than a piece of fabric with a cut-out for your head and a hood. You can make them out of pretty much anything – the city’s many runners will attest to how a garbage bag poncho can keep you dry before a rainy race. And no matter how techy, Gore-Tex-amazing your rain jacket is, I’m guessing you can’t fit it in a clutch, right ladies? Not a problem with a brand-new poncho!

This past weekend, a stacked one with Memorial Day, Boston Calling, the Run to Remember, and “To Boston With Love” at the MFA, also passed on a side of nasty weather on the East Coast. We saw upstate New York get three feet of snow, and parts of Vermont get 13 inches. And, Bostonians felt their fair share of Mother Nature’s wrath too – case in point the folks in this photo, which inspired the reflection on the often underrated awesomeness of ponchos.

We know that the all-knowing weather people are predicting 90 plus temperatures for the next few days, but the next time it gets rainy out (maybe in the next five minutes), throw on a poncho and go frolick and puddle jump your face off.

Take photos and share so that we can show that not only is the poncho extremely functional and efficient attire, but fashionable as well! And we know how good Boston is at that, right GQ?

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Boston Calling, Leaves Voicemail for September 7

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Resting in the wake of this weekend’s Boston Calling festival wasn’t enough for Crash Line Productions. As The National took the stage to close out the festival on City Hall Plaza on Sunday night, producers announced a sequel: another two day festival– same vibe, same  channel– for September 7 and 8, 2013.

Vampire Weekend and Passion Pit will headline and are supported by Local Natives, Major Lazer, Deer Tick, hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar, and a ton of other acts. Though Passion Pit is touted as a Cambridge act, I hold with particular pride that front man Mike Angelakos is actually from Buffalo.

Like this weekend’s production, September’s Boston Calling will see two stages, a VIP section, and food truck “pavillion.” General admission weekend passes start at $120 and VIP weekend passes are $325, with prices slated to go up later in the summer. Tickets go on sale on May 31 at The Sinclair or Royale box offices (no service charge) or at bostoncalling.com.