Seven Bands To See At Boston Calling: The Gaslight Anthem

With Boston Calling just a week away, we’ve decided to make a list of seven bands you do not want to miss. Whether they’re a headliner or an opener, whether they’re hip-hop, dance, rock & roll, or something somewhere in the middle, there are a handful of sets that you’re definitely going to want to pencil into your schedule.

Our list so far includes: Bearstronaut (#7) Lucius (#6), Viva Viva/Royal Teeth (#5), The Airborne Toxic Event (#4), Vampire Weekend (#3), and Major Lazer (#2)!

We move on to our last spot on the list, The Gaslight Anthem!

It’s no surprise to have these guys penciled into the #1 spot on this list. But, it does bring up a very good question – was this entire list written just for the chance to convince readers to watch The Gaslight Anthem on Saturday? … No comment.

That being said, this New Jersey group is the epitome of what a modern-era rock & roll band should be. With pure passion, B-sides that rival most bands’ singles, and a flawless live act, they are not to be missed. See this band perform every chance you get.

For a taste, listen to:We Came to Dance
For fans of: The Hold Steady, Alkaline Trio, Hot Water Music
Set time: 9/7, 7:30pm, Red Stage

Seven Bands To See At Boston Calling: Viva Viva and Royal Teeth

With Boston Calling just a week away, we’ve decided to make a list of seven bands you do not want to miss. Whether they’re a headliner or an opener, whether they’re hip-hop, dance, rock & roll, or something somewhere in the middle, there are a handful of sets that you’re definitely going to want to pencil into your schedule.

Our list so far includes: Bearstronaut (#7) and Lucius (#6)!

Today, we move on to #5: Viva Viva
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AND Royal Teeth
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As the winners of the Sonicbids Emerging Artists Competition, the two acts have been added as the openers of the festival’s two days. Whether it is the foot-stomping blues/shoegaze pop of Boston’s Viva Viva!, or Royal Teeth’s gorgeous synth-pop, dual-vocalled sound coming all the way from Louisiana, both bands deserve a spotlight and each will kick off their day with a bang.

For a taste, listen to: Viva Viva!’s “I Can Do Anything” / Royal Teeth’s “Wild
For fans of: The Strokes, Weezer, Dustin Kensrue / 1997, A Fine Frenzy, HelloGoodbye
Set time: Viva Viva – 9/7, 12:50pm, Red Stage / Royal Teeth – 9/8, 12:50pm, Red Stage.

Seven Bands To See At Boston Calling: Lucius

With Boston Calling just a week away, we’ve decided to make a list of seven bands you do not want to miss. Whether they’re a headliner or an opener, whether they’re hip-hop, dance, rock & roll, or something somewhere in the middle, there are a handful of sets that you’re definitely going to want to pencil into your schedule.

Yesterday, we posted our first band on the list, Bearstronaut – seen here!

Today, we move on to #6: Lucius

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Self-classified as “indie/whatever,” this five-piece hailing from Brooklyn possesses a sound that perfectly captures the balance between somber and soulful, dreary and danceable. Fronted by dual female vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, be sure to listen for their infectious, gritty, and yet still somehow bubbly sound early on Day One. And don’t be surprised when their debut full-length album makes some noise this October.

For a taste, listen to:Hey, Doreen
For fans of: The Ting Tings, Tegan & Sara, Gin Wigmore
Set time: 9/7, 2pm, Red Stage

Check back tomorrow for our #5 band to watch!


Written By: Eric Riley

Seven Bands To See At Boston Calling: Bearstronaut

With Boston Calling just a week away, we’ve decided to make a list of seven bands you do not want to miss. Whether they’re a headliner or an opener, whether they’re hip-hop, dance, rock & roll, or something somewhere in the middle, there are a handful of sets that you’re definitely going to want to pencil into your schedule.

We start off with #7: BearstronautimageTo begin our countdown, we have our first choice: Bearstronaut. Natives of the Boston area, the band possesses a sound that is part synth-pop, part R&B, and 100% worth a listen. If not for the recent addition of a local contest winner to each day, the group would be the Day Two opener. But playing second won’t change anything, as the group is still poised to kick off the festival’s second day with their high energy and infectious sound.

For a taste, listen to:Moniker
For fans of: Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, Daft Punk
Set time: Sunday 9/8, 1:30pm, Blue Stage.

Check back tomorrow for our #6 band to watch!


Written By: Eric Riley