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There’s a whole lot to love when spring comes around. Warmth, sun, and some good, old-fashioned indie rock. The spring lineup was recently released for Boston Calling and holy nostalgia, anyone in their 20’s is probably giddy about it.
For anyone that doesn’t already know, Boston Calling is a weekend festival that takes place twice a year at City Hall Plaza. The Spring festival will be taking place May 23-25, and it’s boosting yet another fantastic lineup. Boston Calling typically only runs on Saturday and Sunday, but this time around, the curators decided to have a Friday night show added on. The doors open at 6 pm, so it’ll be a shorter event than the two days that follow it.
Jack Johnson will be headlining the brand-new Friday installment, along with Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, and Cass McCombs. Could there be a better way to start off a festival? Nope. Friday promises a certainly good vibe—perfect for kicking back at the end of a week. Just imagine thousands of people singing Banana Pancakes in unison. My heart is warming up just thinking about it.
This time around, the festivities are featuring some major throwbacks. The curators are looking to suit the young-professionals crowd, or any lingering college students trying to reanimate their youth for a few days. The biggest acts this weekend are dominated by experienced, indie-rockers Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse, and Brand New. There’s one mysterious band that remains unannounced, but the reputations of the already booked artists should be enough to persuade anyone to purchase a weekend pass. I can only hope for The Strokes or Broken Bells to get in on the action.
And as if things weren’t exciting enough, the numerous opening bands boast plenty of strong reputations. Pop acts like Bastille, Tegan and Sara, and The Neighbourhood will provide plenty of muscle in the lineup. And the excellent folk acts of Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis, The Head and The Heart, and Frank Turner will round the weekend off with some real heart-and-soul. Personally, I’m dying to see Warpaint and Phosphorescent. Of all the under-the-radar bands that will be performing, these two are the ones to watch. They both released some exceptional material last year, and have been on the receiving end of some well-deserved critical acclaim.
I’ve heard rumors of a new Brand New album in the works. The possibility of hearing some of their new material is just all the more reason to buy some tickets. Plus Tasty Burger will be there. Seriously. Buy the tickets. If you’re strapped for cash like most other students, you can volunteer for free entry. Just visit the festival’s website for details. But if you’re broke AND lazy, like Boston Calling on Facebook. They give away tickets all the time.