Seven Bands To See At Boston Calling: #4, Bleachers

Hellooooo again! We’re back for our third run with Boston Calling and we’re as excited as ever, so we’ve decided to bring back our “Seven Bands To See” feature! The lineup this time around is as great as it has ever been, and the weekend is shaping up to be the biggest one yet. So, here’s who to keep an eye out for!

On our list so far: #7. Sonicbids Winner/Gentlemen Hall#6. The National, #5. The 1975

Today we talk about our #4 pick, Bleachers.

Like the National, this won’t be Jack Antonoff’s first time around Boston Calling. Back in 2013, Antonoff and fun. closed out the festival’s inaugural run. This time around, Antonoff will be showcasing his 80’s-esque pop outfit Bleachers. Bursting with enough synth to make Molly Ringwald pogo, his debut Strange Desire is a contender for one of 2014’s best. Whether you’re going to come out and dance around or gaze at your shoes, remember one thing: “it’s not a fucking side project.”

For fans of: JamisonParker, the Smiths, MisterWives
For a taste, check out: “I Wanna Get Better,”  “Take Me Away,” “Shadow”
When you can see them: Saturday, 3:55pm, Capital One Red Stage

 

Seven Bands To See At Boston Calling: #5, The 1975

Hellooooo again! We’re back for our third run with Boston Calling and we’re as excited as ever, so we’ve decided to bring back our “Seven Bands To See” feature! The lineup this time around is as great as it has ever been, and the weekend is shaping up to be the biggest one yet. So, here’s who to keep an eye out for!

On our list so far: #7. Sonicbids Winner/Gentlemen Hall, #6. The National

Today we talk about our #5 pick, The 1975.

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Not many acts had the breakout year last year that the 1975 did (maybe one or two, but we’ll get there later). After a huge year featuring a breakout debut album that took people by storm, the buzz surrounding this band has been on the rise for months and continues to grow. Their live show is one that shows they’re more than a good album, and it shouldn’t be skipped.

For fans of: Bastille, The Neighbourhood, The Kooks
For a taste, check out: “The City,” “Fallingforyou,” “Chocolate”
When you can see them: Sunday, 6:05pm, Capital One Red Stage

Seven Bands To See At Boston Calling: #7, Sonicbids Winner / Gentlemen Hall

Hellooooo again! We’re back for our third run with Boston Calling and we’re as excited as ever, so we’ve decided to bring back our “Seven Bands To See” feature! The lineup this time around is as great as it has ever been, and the weekend is shaping up to be the biggest one yet. So, here’s who to keep an eye out for (other than looking for me, obviously): 

Like we’ve done for the past two festivals, we kick off our preview with the weekend’s two openers. However, this time around, they seem to be keeping the winner of their annual SonicBids contest under wraps. Or, at least that’s the case at the moment.

But, if history has anything to say about it, then I’m not going to let their anonymity prevent me from saying that they’re going to be a band to check out.

With past winners including The Box Tiger back in May and Royal Teeth last September, the festival has a pretty great track record with choosing someone that the crowd will love. So, when they do eventually get revealed, which I can assume will be sometime very soon, we’ll be watching.

As for the opener that we do know about, the tradition of a Boston-based band starting one of the days continues for another year. On Sunday morning, locals Gentlemen Hall will take the stage in front of a hometown crowd who have already had a day and a half of festival under their belts. And by this point, they’ll be wanting more.

For fans of: Neon Trees, Hunter Hunted, Bad Suns
For a taste, check out: “All Our Love,” “Sail Into the Sun”
When you can see them: Saturday / Sunday, 1:05pm, Capital One Red Stage