Hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day Weekend, especially those of you who got a chance to go to Boston Calling. Unfortunately, I was unable to go, so I lived vicariously through social media coverage. But there’s always next year! Speaking of which…
Boston Calling to Move to Allston
After a few years at City Hall Plaza, Boston Calling is moving from its downtown location. Don’t worry though, because the festival is not going far. Next year you’ll find all the great acts in Allston, at Harvard University’s athletic complex.
The move will allow the festival to host bigger acts, ones that City Hall Plaza couldn’t handle— although with Sia this year, and Hozier and Beck last year, they’ve proved able enough. Because of their move, there won’t be a Boston Calling in the fall, but there are some new features planned for next year.
Boston Calling will add a film festival aspect, in addition to the music and comedy they already offer. And it’s curated by none other than Natalie Portman. You may have heard of her.
Atlas Lab Releases Live Version of “Maze”
Atlas Lab put out a live version of their track “Maze,” and it’s a terrific tumble through what I imagine is an underwater cave. Now, obviously, we don’t all have the same mental imagery, but hear me out. The ethereal vocals, especially throughout the solo are airy, breathy and reminiscent of mermaids, and the percussion are as steady as lightly crashing waves up at the surface. The guitar solo floats, a gentle rolling movement carrying the song like a ship on water.
Ok, done with my heavy-handed metaphor. “Maze” is a successful piece from Atlas Lab, and especially so, considering this was a live take.
Amy & The Engine Drop By Spare Room Sessions
“Megaphone” by Amy & The Engine is exactly what a pop tune should be. The infectious lyrics will have you singing along with every “woo-oo” — and there are quite a few — and bopping your head to every tambourine beat. Visually, the video is simple; the band is collected under a tent playing their respective instruments. However, the video starts in black and white and fades into color, and it’s captivating to watch warmth flush into their faces.
What Is the State of Live Music in Boston?
This is the question many asked at The State of Live Music in Boston Forum last week. Speakers came from all over the music scene: venue bookers, club owners, and promoters were among those voicing their opinions and experiences.
Inclusion and representation of all groups was discussed. Reaching out to young attendees —some of whom can’t access shows in 21+ venues is important to maintain the future of live music here. If you can’t go to a show, you can’t support the venue or the band. Similarly, increasing the number of female and minority acts at shows would encourage wider attendance from all parts of the Boston population. It looks like the live music isn’t floundering, but finding creative solutions for continued success is necessary.