The May 2015 edition of Boston Calling is just a few days away! Between huge headliners like Beck and The Pixies, and local standouts like Krill and The Ballroom Thieves, this iteration of the festival is sure to pack City Hall Plaza. Not sure who to see?  Take a look at the artists our team has picked in this special Boston Calling edition of Selected Sounds.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sharon Van Etten – Selected by Knar

The folk-rock harmonies of Sharon Van Etten have gained a lot of critical attention as of late; her 2014 release Are We There made the “best album” lists of the likes of Rolling Stone and NME. With the layered strings and somberness of her new single, “Just Like Blood,” it doesn’t seem like the buzz is going to let up anytime soon. Don’t think of her set as a slow, gloomy start to the weekend; think of it as a transition out of work mode after you leave the office Friday evening.

Tame Impala – Selected by Matt J.

Tame Impala has already put out four incredible singles from their highly anticipated album, Currents, to be released on July 17, 2015. I’m dying to see the crowd groove to “Let it Happen” and to watch the hysteria if they decide to debut another new track just for us.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Krill – Selected by Anna

KRILL KRILL KRILL FOREVER. Krill have become an icon of the Boston music scene, garnering a cult following and leaving juicy, fuzzy, ennui-pumped tracks in their wake. Creating memorable characters in their songs—both real and fictional (see: their song about Steve from Pile, another Boston great)—Krill construct a narrative sprouted from the inside of a jaded indie kid’s head. Krill is love, Krill is life.

Tove Lo – Selected by Jonah

With her breakout hit, “Habits (Stay High),” the Swedish Tove Lo has established herself at the forefront of pop. She combines Adele’s powerful voice with Kesha’s raunchy subject matter and comes out with something completely new. ABBA may be in the past, but the Swedes are back!


Sunday, May 24, 2015

TV On The Radio – Selected by Matt M.

TVOTR began crafting their style of soulful indie rock nearly 14 years ago in Brooklyn. Five full-length releases later, the unstoppable duo of Adebimpe and Sitek has garnered attention from the likes of David Bowie, Trent Reznor, and David Byrne. With trombones, strings, and atmospheric synths now layered into the mix, their set should offer up an eclectic mix—a little something for every type of fan at Boston Calling.

Tenacious D – Selected by Jon

It’s Jack Black.


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