Photo by Derek Kouyoumjian for DigBoston
While we were a bit underwhelmed by some of the headliners for the spring edition of Boston Calling (read: beach bummer Jack Johnson and the oh-so-2008 The Decemberists), the entirety of the fall 2014 lineup is shaping up to be pretty sweet. May we have a drum roll, please? Or how about 22 simultaneous drum rolls, one for each act the fest is serving over the course of three days beginning September 5th.
Top-billed is returning act The National, everyone’s favorite illegal Lorde, and hip hop legend Nas, who will join neo-soul men The Roots on stage for a collaborative performance (more details to come). And we’re pretty jazzed that indie rock gods Neutral Milk Hotel and homegrown heroes The War on Drugs are in the mix, too.
Keeping with tradition, two cherry-picked Boston acts are slated to perform. Co-founder Brian Appel says, “We are reaching out to local bands that are doing great things in the city, and are innovating and inspiring.” They haven’t had a misstep in this regard yet: last September synthpop dance band Bearstronaut and goofy yet melodic duo You Won’t took the stage, and this May pop-rock group Magic Man and bearded, brilliant Tigerman Woah are the local offerings. With soon-to-be synthy super stars CliffLight and electro-funk band Gentlemen Hall as the chosen ones this fall, Boston Calling is once again properly reppin’ local talent.
“We’re happy to see our name next to bands we’ve been following for years,” says CliffLight, collectively. “It’s great that Boston Calling curates lineups featuring well-known acts alongside rising local talent, and are glad we can make it happen in our hometown.”
Despite Boston Calling being an instant success when it began last year, Appel and the Boston Calling crew (he co-founded the fest with Mike Snow in collaboration with Bowery Boston) aim to keep each installment fresh and distinct. “I think if we tried to be formulaic about it, it would be tougher for us because you’re boxing yourself into certain genres or themes, which is sometimes hard to do,” Appel says. “And also if it’s formulaic it’d be predictable for the audience and not as exciting, so we take a bit of a blank page approach.”
Speaking of blank pages, this one could have been nearly empty as well and you would’ve liked it on Facebook so long as the full fall 2014 Boston Calling lineup was printed somewhere. Your patience and readership is now rewarded. That is if you haven’t skipped over all of this already.
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