By Ross Hsu, Staff Writer
If you’re not already excited for Boston Calling, you can go ahead and get out of my face. For the upcoming festival this May, they’ve extended the festival from two to three days, which is awesome enough in that the fun will last longer. But the real benefit of the additional day is that more bands will be there!
The announcement was made via “Find the Vinyl,” a scavenger hunt that started on Monday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. and ended on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at noon. The acts were listed on 10 vinyl records (neat!) hidden around the city, and hints were distributed via Facebook and Twitter the day before. The winners scored three-day general admission tickets to the festival, as well as the jealousy of their entire city.
Admittedly, the announced acts are slightly underwhelming compared to September’s varied mix of indie rock and electro-pop and last May’s procession of alternative sweethearts.
And would somebody explain how Jack Johnson takes top billing on a list featuring Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros? How does that even…screw it, who can stay mad when the next two names are Death Cab For Cutie and Modest Mouse?
The top of the poster should actually read “A Festival For Kids Who Were in Middle School During the Early 2000s.” There are plenty more obscure artists, too—alongside the dynamite live acts already mentioned are newcomers The Neighbourhood and The Head and The Heart, as well as the eclectic Tegan and Sara, the ever-soulful and mysterious Cass McCombs and a tantalizing banner that reads “Announcing Soon!” Who could it be? I’m on edge of my seat, holding my breath in anticipation.
Boston Calling will take place May 23-25 in City Hall Plaza. Tickets are available via the festival’s website.