If you were anywhere near the city these past two weeks, you most likely didn’t make it a block before you ran into some street musicians or heard some bass reverberating from a concert hall. It’s been a summer chock full of new music, and we’ve got the latest on the end-of-season highlights.


JP Music Festival Showcases Local Acts

While hoards of students flocked to Boston Calling last Saturday, more than 3,000 others gathered in Jamaica Plain to celebrate local music. The free, all-day festival boasted 21 JP-based bands.

Boston Calling : JP Music Festival? Think bean bags vs. rocking chairs. Boston Calling was hip, loud, and squishy (no amount of puddles could keep those crowds away!); JP Festival was relaxed, experimental, and front porch-bound.

Americana indie-folk band Tallahassee finished off the night with an acoustic set consisting of catchy, campfire-worthy tunes. They’ll be headlining the New England Americana Festival in Harvard Square on September 29. Check out this track from their JP set list:


Party Bois Release Debut Dance Anthem

Finalizing your next late-night dance party playlist? Don’t miss Party Bois’ 80s new-age single, “In Your Head.”

These Power Station ringers are bringing funk dance-jams to Boston. They performed their first public gig on Thursday at Zuzu in Cambridge.

Be sure to give these guys a listen:


Boston Symphony Welcomes New Conductor

The Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) just announced their 15th conductor, Andris Nelsons, the youngest to lead the orchestra in over 100 years. Mr. Nelsons exudes a youthful enthusiasm that has served him well; his résumé boasts years of symphonic involvement all throughout Europe, an appearance at the Met, and conduction of the New York Philharmonic.

His first appearance as BSO’s new music director will be Sept. 27. See footage of his first-ever rehearsal with BSO here.


St. Nothing Drops Gorgeous Demo

Although starting up just this past March, local act St. Nothing has already gained sizable recognition throughout Boston. Lead singer Marco Lawrence and the trio have progressed from Great Scott opener, to Sinclair main act, to charming, “electrohypnotic” performers at last weekend’s Boston Calling. The band even found time to drop a demo last week. Listen here:


Did you miss this month’s Boston Calling? Here’s our coverage:

Hidden Gems: Boston Calling Sunday

A Stormy Start: Boston Calling Friday & Saturday


Fresh From the Studio

Song Premiere: “Here Before” – Waldo’s Debut Single

Locally Grown

Snap, Crackle, Pop: Sylvan Esso

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