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Boston Calling Turns it Up for Round 2

City Hall Plaza Layout for Boston Calling II, Sept. 7-8, 2013

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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Outside The Box Festival Feature: Dressed for the Occasion

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Dressed For The Occasion (Thursday, July 18 at 3:30 p.m. Boston Common, Park Street Stage)

In the summer of 2010, singer Addison Chase came to Boston with plans of completing an acoustic album produced by guitarist Patrick Hopkins. But in a twist of fate, he wound up forming a band with him instead. With the addition of bassist Alex Ferrero and drummer Michael Penney, Dressed for the Occasion was born and ready to rock. Rooted in classics like Johnny Cash, The Beatles, Hank Williams, and The Doors, they create a sound that can only be described as a thunderstorm of originality. Dressed for the Occasion has opened for world renowned acts like The Vibrators and The Hudson Falcons, and played in clubs throughout Boston like The Middle East and T.T. the Bear’s. Before long, they won the Boston Battle of the Bands and were nominated for New Act of the Year by the New England Music Awards. With vocals reminiscent of Eddie Vedder set to hard rocking, rootsy guitar licks, Dressed for the Occasion has earned their place in the Boston spotlight.

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