Another Boston Calling has come and gone.
This year's iteration of the iconic Beantown festival was held at the Harvard Athletic Complex, and the weekend was packed with the best of the best in music from Icelandic icons Sigur Rós to Chance the Rapper and rising Brooklyn indie rockers Vundabar. Not to be eclipsed by the absolutely insane lineup, all three nights of the festival included comedy from the likes of Kelly Macfarland and Nick Chambers. There's something to be said for a festival that has so much range of entertainment, that packs Coachella-levels of excitement into a comparatively smaller space.
Boston Calling has always held a special place in my heart: it was the first festival I attended by myself, the first time I ever had the honor of seeing Neutral Milk Hotel and The National live. I was heartbroken that I couldn't go this year, but it was through Boston Calling that I got to see a very different, organized part of Boston's music scene, and I got to see what the festival circuit is like up there. As a novice festival-goer at the time and someone who would go on to a career in the music industry, it was a formative experience.
If you're like me, you really wish you could've gone. For those of you who are just as unlucky, the music writers and I have compiled a playlist of songs from our favorite musicians there; if you close your eyes, it's almost like being there....right? Okay, maybe not, but it's well-worth your time to skim through the musicians who played and seeing what they're up to. Even New Yorkers like us can admit that our eternal rival city can put together a pretty bad-ass lineup.