photo credit: mike diskin
THU 3.28 – SUN 3.30
SMASH IT DEAD FEST AT YMCA CAMBRIDGE, DEMOCRACY CENTER
Smash what dead, you ask? The patriarchy, duh, which is number two on our list of things that really need smashing. (Our number one smash-able thing? Our alarm clock. That fucker has it coming.) Featuring three days of workshops and music—and Saturday brunch!—Smash It Dead brings together the best of Boston’s political bands with scores of out-of-towners, to benefit the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Be sure to catch Brooklyn punksters Shady Hawkins and local pop-punks Peeple Watchin’ and the bondage-core killers Discipline.
THU 4.17 – SAT 4.19
NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL AT THE PALLADIUM
Sam Black Church! Some other bands too—well, we’re pretty sure the technical term is a “metric shit-ton” of bands—but mostly local legends Sam Black Church. Okay, we’re being facetious. As per usual Metal Fest is packed to the gills with brutality from across the coutry, bubbling over with bad-ass-ery from around the globe and we’re stoked about all of it. From the unremitting punishment of Nails to the soaring power-metal of Iced Earth, the Metal Fest line up is a force to be reckoned with.
SUN 5.11 – SUN 5.18
TOGETHER FESTIVAL AT MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
We’ve seen a lot of shows in our day, seen a lot of bands, seen a lot of DJs. So when a festival posts a line-up that has us running to the google machine to find new-to-us acts, we do a little dance. We are jaded, cynical souls that like to think—or pretend—that we’ve heard it all. But we haven’t! So we’ll be diving head long into the week-long festivities, taking in all of the panels, installations and screenings while getting our groove on. Highlights include Dj Bob Mould and the mighty Mos Def.
FRI 5.23 – SUN 5.25
BOSTON CALLING AT CITY HALL PLAZA
We might not have built this city on rock n roll—it was built, if we remember correctly, on the corpses of indigenous peoples and piles of old trash—but we do plan on rocking out big time at the second spring installment of Boston’s biggest music festival. Expanding to three days of festin’ in the heart of the city, Boston Calling busts out the big guns bringing in some of the most reliably entertaining names in modern rock. Indie legends like Modest Mouse and Built to Spill; up-and-comers Phosphorescent and Warpaint plus local faves Tigerman WOAH make for one helluva weekend.