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Boston Calling Finally Fleshes Out a Schedule

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As many of you may know, and as many of you may not, we are lucky enough to live in a world-class city that offers an All-You-Can-Eat version of entertainment. The place we call home for eight months of the year is shared by students at over 100 colleges and universities within the greater area, and now that we are back we are all in the mood to stuff our faces with the smorgasbord of entertainment presented before us. One of the first things on our proverbial menu is Boston Calling, a music festival to call our very own.

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Yes, there is a music festival in Boston, yes, there are real bands that you probably have heard of, and yes, if you want to go you may consider getting tickets soon; the curtain will rise with the Avett Brothers opening the festival in about three weeks' time on Friday, Sept. 25. Boston Calling is a three-day spectacle of sound; taking place in Government Center downtown, the festival has drawn over 200,000 screaming fans since its conception in May of 2013. From the start, critics much more esteemed than myself have touted the event with enthusiastic praise, with Boston Magazine raving, "In less than three years, Boston Calling has become not just the city’s biggest music festival, but one of Boston’s most iconic events. A three-day party in the heart of Government Center, it’s been a cross-genre, cross-generational success.”

And this festival was formed with the cross-generational, cross-genre spirit in mind. You may not like rock, or indie, or electronic or whatever, but the beauty of this year's setlist can be found in many of the performers' uncanny abilities to transcend these genre borders. For example, let's take Of Monsters and Men: think back to their folky summer hit "Little Talks" from way back in 2011, with catchy trumpets and radio-friendly lyrics. While this song probably made you nauseous after radio DJs had engrained it in your subconscious, their quirky Icelandic Folk style has only improved, and become more interesting since then. On Saturday, Alt-J headlines with their visceral style and high-crooning voices, but not before Walk the Moon and CHVRCHES scratch our itch to jump around with some electronic vibes.

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Finally, on Sunday some of the most talented performers--in what one might call a muddled "rock" genre--take the stage with headliners The Alabama Shakes, Hozier and Ben Howard. However, while incredible entertainers, these bands are all actively exploring different facets of genres that have never quite been reached before, pushing boundaries so that we might enjoy something new.

 If you are a music lover, or maybe even if you just want to finally understand what all of those flower-crown/bro-tank clad Instagram friends of yours mean when they profess their undying love for "the festival lifestyle" without entire crowds of people on Molly, Boston Calling is only a few short weeks and a T ride away.

Boston Calling Tickets went on sale today, Thursday, Sept. 3, at, with single-day tickets and VIP passes available in addition to full weekend passes.

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