It’s mid-January in Boston. That usually means a few things: the Patriots are playing for the conference championship, you’ve got at least three Happy Lamps going at all times, and you just about ready to give up that new fitness plan you started two long, long weeks ago.
And also, most importantly, Boston Calling announces its Spring lineup. That’s a January tradition we can actually look forward to, and how.
The official announcement just came from on high, and here’s how it shakes out: Beck, The Pixies and My Morning Jacket grab the headlining slots for the big event this May 22-24. The former is coming off his critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated album Morning Phase, but the discography, as if you needed reminding, goes deep. My Morning Jacket, meanwhile, are a festival rock band’s festival rock band. And the Pixies, well, if you need to ask…
The rest of the lineup shakes out with a little bit of everything: Jack Black (via Tenacious D), a couple of Aussies (neo-crooner Chet Faker and psych-rock crew Tame Impala), electro folk-pop (Grizfolk), which is a thing, and just in case anyone was feeling a little too safe, the exquisitely articulated brutality of El-P and Killer Mike, a.k.a. Run the Jewels. Check the full slate of acts on the flyer below.
And as usual, two of the coveted slots go to deserving homegrown acts, in this case psych-out mavens Krill and folk-blues trio The Ballroom Thieves, both of whom are a fair bet to headline their own future Boston Calling shows.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow 1/14 at noon, and with that lineup at $160 for three-day general admission pass ($300 for VIP), you have to admit, it’s kinda worth getting your face scanned by secret cameras for.
But hey, maybe that’s just me.