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LIVE REVIEW: Boston Calling, May 2014

Boston Calling Music FestivalBoston, I love you. Let me just start this piece off right by saying that. After a recent move across the country, all the way to the (not so) sunny shores of San Francisco, I’ve been missing the in-your-face, passion filled, music loving, Dunkin Donuts sipping lot of you, and I have to say that Boston Calling delivered everything I love about my city, all rolled up into one beautiful package this past weekend.

Stacked with three days of insane music, this year’s lineup featured Frank TurnerDeath Cab For CutieTegan and SaraThe Head & The Heart, The Decemberists, BastilleBrand New, and Modest Mouse. And if you’re anything like me, that lineup alone is enough to turn heads, and yes, even stand in the rain….(because it just isn’t Boston Calling without a rain storm.)

As I watched bands like Magic ManMaximo Park, and Walk Off the Earth open up Saturday, while The Box Tiger, Tigerman Woah!, and The Districts started Sunday off right, it was impressive to watch newer artists holding their own against some major headliners like Bastille, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Jack Johnson, Death Cab for Cutie, and The Decemberists. As with every year, there were certain bands I longed to see (ehm, Frank Turner) and bands I had never heard of, but soon found myself enamored with (Jenny Lewis). That right there, combined with the genuine carefree spirit and unity of the festival goers, is why I love Boston Calling so much. It’s the kind of community and atmosphere you can only find in Boston.

And because I always feel so inspired as the evenings come to a close (because being around 20+ inspired artists can do that to a person) I always sit down right after the show in the vain hopes that I can pour everything I’ve just witnessed out onto paper, so that I can give you all a glance into the magic that I felt. That you might feel as if you’re standing right there next to me, smiling at the same jokes, and singing the same songs. But you know, no matter how many times I try this tactic, I just can’t seem to capture the full experience of Boston Calling on paper. It sounds cliche, but this festival, this city is honestly one of a kind, and the only real way to experience all it has to offer is to be there. Fortunately for you, Boston Calling is a twice a year event. Don’t miss out – experience the festival for yourself this in September.

Check out the full lineup, including Lorde, Neutral Milk Hotel, The National and more, or buy concert tickets here.

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Angela Mastrogiacomo

Founder of Infectious Magazine & Muddy Paw Public Relations. Lover of passion, ice cream, and books.

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