SXSW 2016: Showcases To See | Wednesday, March 16th

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Time for another list of showcases! With South By Southwest already in full swing, we’ve decided to put together a list of some of the showcases we think you should be checking out (if you happen to be in Austin this week)! Take some time out to catch some awesome artists around Austin and maybe check out some of the showcases we have on today’s list (yesterday’s list can be found here)!

If you attend any of these showcases, reach out to us on our Twitter and let us know what new favorite artist you have been introduced to! Also be sure to check out our 50 You Won’t Want To Miss At SXSW feature here and our SXSW Spotify playlist here!

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SXSW 2016: Showcases To See | Tuesday, March 15th

Happy Monday! With South By Southwest already in full swing, we’ve decided to put together a list of some of the showcases we think you should be checking out (if you happen to be in Austin this week)! If you have no plans, now is your time to make them. Take some time out to catch some awesome artists around Austin and maybe check out some of the showcases we have on today’s list!

If you attend any of these showcases, reach out to us on our Twitter and let us know what new favorite artist you have been introduced to! Also be sure to check out our 50 You Won’t Want To Miss At SXSW feature here and our SXSW Spotify playlist here!

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CMJ Music Marathon 2015

And so it begins! Today is the kick-off date for the CMJ Music Marathon and to start things off, we want to share with you some showcases we think you need to check out! For those of you unaware, CMJ is a four day music festival (five days if you count Saturday) that takes place in over 80 different venues around New York City. With such a vast amount of artists playing, you’re sure to find a few new favorites and we’re here to help you out! Check back to our site daily to see which showcases you should head over to!

Seven Bands To See At Boston Calling: #1, WALK THE MOON

Written by Eric Riley.

Boston Calling is here to put summer to rest with a bang. If you’ve kept an eye on us for the last few years, you know the deal. Let’s do this again, shall we? Here is our list of who you need to be keeping an eye out for!

On our list so far: #7. Grey Season/Dirty Bangs, #6. Of Monsters and Men, #5. Twin Shadow, #4. Father John Misty, #3. Hozier, #2. MisterWives


Today we talk about our #1 pick, WALK THE MOON.

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If you managed to
somehow avoid any sporting event, party, wedding, commercial, and radio station
within the last six months, then you may have not heard WALK THE MOON’s “Shut Up
and Dance” (Also, I’m not yelling, that’s just how their name is stylized.). As
massive and inescapable as the song is, it’s far from being all they have to
offer.

Handing the title of #1 Band to See to another band from
Ohio for the second September in a row, with twenty one pilots earning it last
year, it looks like we could have a trend on our hands. Someone do me a huge
favor and call Trent Reznor next year. BC ❤ OH 4EVR.

For fans of: Hellogoodbye, Neon Trees, Cobra Starship
For a taste, check out: “Up 2 U,” “Tightrope,” “Avalanche”
Catch them: Saturday, 6pm

Seven Bands To See At Boston Calling: #2, MisterWives

Written by Eric Riley.

Boston Calling is here to put summer to rest with a bang. If you’ve kept an eye on us for the last few years, you know the deal. Let’s do this again, shall we? Here is our list of who you need to be keeping an eye out for!

On our list so far: #7. Grey Season/Dirty Bangs, #6. Of Monsters and Men, #5. Twin Shadow, #4. Father John Misty, #3. Hozier


Today we talk about our #2 pick, MisterWives.

To be totally honest,
I think you’d have to try to dislike MisterWives, a dance-pop six-piece from
New York City that burst onto the scene over this last year and a half. Mandy
Lee’s vocals are pure sugar, while the infectious music digs its way into your
brain long after the song ends.

The band spent last September opening for twenty one pilots
(who were my #1 Band to See last fall), and are looking to take the baton and
run with it.

For fans of: Royal Teeth, Elle King, Lucius
For a taste, check out: “Reflections,” “Kings and Queens,”
“Best I Can Do”
Catch them: Sunday, 5pm

Seven Bands To See At Boston Calling: #3, Hozier

Written by Eric Riley.

Boston Calling is here to put summer to rest with a bang. If you’ve kept an eye on us for the last few years, you know the deal. Let’s do this again, shall we? Here is our list of who you need to be keeping an eye out for!

On our list so far: #7. Grey Season/Dirty Bangs, #6. Of Monsters and Men, #5. Twin Shadow, #4. Father John Misty


Today we talk about our #3 pick, Hozier.

Not many artists have
had the breakout over the last year or so as Hozier. Thanks largely to
the mammoth success of “Take Me to Church,” which has racked up nearly half a billion plays so far on Spotify, Hozier
earned nominations at the Billboard Music Awards, the MTA Awards, and the
Grammys.

However, don’t let
one smash single blind your judgment – Hozier’s debut is, start to finish, a dark,
soulful, soaring record of songs that will sound just as beautiful echoing off
of the walls of City Hall.  

For fans of: The Horrible Crowes, Lorde, Straylight Run
For a taste, check out: “From Eden,” “Someone New,”
“Foreigner’s God”
Catch them: Sunday, 8:15pm; Red Stage

Seven Bands To See At Boston Calling: #4, Father John Misty

Written by Eric Riley.

Boston Calling is here to put summer to rest with a bang. If you’ve kept an eye on us for the last few years, you know the deal. Let’s do this again, shall we? Here is our list of who you need to be keeping an eye out for!

On our list so far: #7. Grey Season/Dirty Bangs, #6. Of Monsters and Men, #5. Twin Shadow


Today we talk about our #4 pick, Father John Misty.

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Late one night a week or two ago, my brother and I
were leaving the hospital after visiting my father, who was recovering from a
[minor, (don’t worry)] operation. Pulling out of the parking garage, my brother
put on Father John Misty’s “Chateau Lobby #4” and it was a perfect fit
– 

The bleak, dull grayness of a vacant parking garage rolled out in front of us as Josh Tillman crooned “First time, you let me stay the night, despite your own rules / you took off early to go cheat your way through film school. / You left a note in your perfect script: “Stay as long as you want;” I haven’t left your bed since.” Tillman’s clever, snappy lyricism is both charming and chilling, set to cool, crisp instrumentalism and ambient atmosphere. It was a soothing soundtrack to an unsettling situation, but it is bound to fit just as well (under much better settings) this weekend.

For fans of: My Morning Jacket, Dustin Kensrue, Fleet Foxes
For a taste, check out: “True Affection,” “Holy Shit,”
“Chateau Lobby #4”
Catch them: Saturday, 4:55pm; jetBlue Stage

Seven Bands To See At Boston Calling: #5, Twin Shadow

Written by Eric Riley.

Boston Calling is here to put summer to rest with a bang. If you’ve kept an eye on us for the last few years, you know the deal. Let’s do this again, shall we? Here is our list of who you need to be keeping an eye out for!

On our list so far: #7. Grey Season/Dirty Bangs, #6. Of Monsters and Men


Today we talk about our #5 pick, Twin Shadow.

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The 80’s are alive and well thanks to George Lewis Jr.
aka Twin
Shadow.
Getting back to business as usual after a terrifying bus
accident in April of 2014 that forced the band into hiatus, this year’s Eclipse is packed with plenty of
examples that show Lewis is back at full strength.

“To the Top” is a monster of a single, which was featured on
the Paper Towns soundtrack this
summer (and is an awesome addition to a workout playlist, in case you were
looking for something new to sweat to).

For fans of: Genesis, Bleachers, JamisonParker,
For a taste, check out: “To the Top,” “Old Love / New Love,”
“Five Seconds”
Catch them: Sunday, 4:05pm; Red Stage

Seven Bands To See At Boston Calling: #6, Of Monsters and Men

Written by Eric Riley.

Boston Calling is here to put summer to rest with a bang. If you’ve kept an eye on us for the last few years, you know the deal. Let’s do this again, shall we? Here is our list of who you need to be keeping an eye out for!

On our list so far: #7. Grey Season/Dirty Bangs


Today we talk about our #6 pick, Of Monsters and Men.

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It’s always interesting when a band can reach a
certain level after only an album or two, and Of Monsters and Men are
one of these cases. With a trio of Platinum-or-better verified singles,
including the inescapable “Little Talks,” they were off to a heck of a start.

Now, as veterans of the inaugural Boston Calling and following
the release of sophomore album Beneath
the Skin
, OM&M are headed back to City Hall Plaza to shake things up on
Friday night. Oh, and the band will have a cameo on Season 6 of Game of Thrones, too. So, that’s pretty
rad.

For fans of: Eisley, Walk Off the Earth, the Lumineers
For a taste, check out: “Empire,” “Dirty Paws,” “From
Finner”
Catch them: Friday, 7:25pm; Blue Stage

Seven Bands To See At Boston Calling: #7, Grey Season/Dirty Bangs

Written By Eric Riley.

Here we are once more in mid-September, which, joyously,
means a few things. One, and this is a big one: football season is back! Two,
also huge: hockey season is on the way! Thirdly, and certainly not to be
ignored: Boston Calling is here to put summer to rest with a bang. If you’ve
kept an eye on us for the last few years, you know the deal. Let’s do this
again, shall we?

What has always stood out for me about Boston Calling (aside
from the obvious awesomeness) has been how it sets itself apart from any other
festival. Rather than spending a weekend camping out in the woods or sleeping
in the back seat of your car in a desert somewhere, you spend three days in
Government Square while Boston Calling rages on in the heart of Boston and
Bostonians alike. This tight sense of community is no accident, as each day
kicks off with a Boston-bred artist. This time around, Grey Season and Dirty
Bangs
will do the honors.

The 2015 lineup seems to pack more of a folk rock punch than
others have in the past, and the Boston five-piece are sure to start things off
right. Their independently-released Time
Will Tell Us Well
was released in April of last year to impressive
response. Fall is often labeled as the grey season, and their music will fit
perfectly with the coming months.

On Sunday, Cambridge shoegazers Dirty Bangs will forego Grey
Season’s folk vibes, bringing strong, catchy gloom-pop to City Hall Plaza.
Their latest record, Standards, is
currently available for your own price, and it’ll be worth whatever amount of
pennies you decide to spend.

For fans of:
GS: Greg Holden, Gin
Blossoms
DB: The Pink Spiders, the Hold Steady

For a taste, check out:
GS: “Roslyn,” “Look At Us Now,” “Lost
and Found”
DB: “Song for Lester,” “Heat,” “Nashville
Days & L.A. Nights”

Catch them:
GS: Saturday,
1:00pm; Red Stage
DB: Sunday, 1:05pm; Red Stage