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Song of the Day: “Roll Over Beethoven”

While we’re all jumping all over ourselves to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania, can we take a moment to appreciate the group’s consummate performance poise? In the above video, taped 50 years ago on February 11, 1964, the Beatles knocked out Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven” in less than 90 seconds. And yet the video is 4:32 in length.

Why?

Because the promoters at the Washington Coliseum set up Ringo’s drumkit backwards. Ringo rotates the riser himself. Come on. Once they finally get going, George’s microphone doesn’t work for his lead vocal. Without one hesitation, he moves stage left to John’s mic and keeps the song moving. Love it.

I would have loved to tie this to Boston, but the Beatles didn’t perform in our city till later in the summer. We’ll do a retrospective then. In the meantime, check out all the videos of the Washington, DC show

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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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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.

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BostonBound: Iron and Wine and the Secret Sisters

Iron and Wine is Boston bound…

Samuel Beam–also known as his stage name Iron and Wine–will be bringing his unique and distinctive voice to the Berklee Performance Center tonight with support from the Secret Sisters. Like most shows at Berklee, this lineup promises not to disappoint. Here’s just a taste of what you’ll get live.

And if that’s not enough, there’s this.

The show starts at 7:30 and you can purchase tickets here.

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Keys to the City: Boston Needs Your Piano

Do you own a piano, but it’s holding more dust than rhythm these days? Think you might donate it to an amazing cause? Now’s the time.

Play Me, I’m Yours is debuting in Boston in September, as we reported earlier this year. The concept, implemented in cities around the world in recent years, will install working pianos throughout the city and invite one and all to come play. The project, conceived by artist Luke Jerram, is requesting Bostonians donate their old pianos for the project. The goal is 75, so get those keys to the street.

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