Preview: Boston Calling Sampler

Boston Calling is an up-and-coming urban festival in—you guessed it—our beloved Boston that takes place twice a year at City Hall Plaza. Earlier this year, the festival boasted an impressive spring lineup, which included Jack Johnson, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse and local stars on the rise, Magic Man. With the addition of a third (albeit, less busy) day, the fall edition of the festival is geared up to be a grand old time, once again. It will take place September 5th, 6th and 7th. Given that such a vibrant event will be taking place in our backyard, the Gavel now presents a playlist of songs by artists playing Boston Calling this upcoming weekend. Prepare for the most fun pregame you'll be a part of all weekend, and get those lyrics memorized just in time.


“3005” by Childish Gambino



3005 is, without a doubt, Gambino’s most commercially successful song to date. The triple-threat Donald Glover (actor-writer-rapper) is not without a soft spot, as he shows on this pseudo-sexy mega-hit.



“Fake Empire” by The National



The National are heavily involved with Boston Calling as their guitarist, Aaron Dessner, is the co-curator of the festival. Here is one of the Cincinnati-based indie band’s most popular hits.



“In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” by Neutral Milk Hotel



Taken from the critically acclaimed album of the same name, “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” is a lo-fi folk track that will be sure to please the more crunchy members of the crowd.



“The Way We Get By” by Spoon



“The Way We Get By” was used heavily in popular media, most notably in The O.C. It’s the bands most commercially successful song—and rightfully so. It’s just so incredibly catchy.


“Chocolate” by The 1975



Illicit drug references aside (or not, no judgment), the 1975’s “Chocolate” is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. It’s infectious as all heck.



“Migraine” by Twenty One Pilots



Twenty One Pilots are quickly establishing themselves as an incredible live act. “Migraine” is full of potential energy and it will all blow up (in a good way) when the Columbus, Ohio-based indie stars take the stage.



“I Wanna Get Better” by Bleachers



Bleachers is a new project by Fun’s lead guitarist, Jack Antonoff. With a sing-a-long chorus, the cheery cry-for-help track will be one to look out for during the band’s set.



All Day by Girl Talk



Mash-up aficionado Greg Gillis (also known as Girl Talk) is a master of his trade. It would be wrong to post just one track- his albums flow so effortlessly that it wouldn’t do his music justice.

Been known to eat a rice cake or two. Music is my religion. I'm the fella over there with the hella good hair.