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The 10 acts to see at Boston Calling

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Arranged chronologically, these are 10 acts that you will not want to miss at the weekend-long Boston Calling music festival.


// Boston Calling Music Festival schedule

The biannual event features a variety of musical acts through Sunday with Tasty Burger, Sam Adams, and other food and drink vendors in the mix.


// Despite timeless ubiquity, ‘Taps’ retains shadowy origin

Who wrote “Taps,” the ubiquitous funereal bugle call? The answer remains shrouded in mystery.

“That’s why I like seeing improvised music so much — you don’t know what’s going to happen,” says Dan Deacon of his band’s live shows.

Dan Deacon courts chaos in manic, media-rich shows

Deacon, a formally trained musician who makes dizzying avant-pop electronica, courts chaos in shows that make the audience the focal point.

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My Morning Jacket brings ‘Waterfall’ to Boston Calling

Frontman Jim James and his cohorts prove yet again that they won’t be constricted by expectations.

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Marina and the Diamonds gaining luster

Marina and the Diamonds takes the stage at the Boston Calling Music Festival Saturday, riding the success of her new album “FROOT.”

Steven Wilson dispels modern life’s illusions

Wilson of prog rock Porcupine Tree will showcase his latest album, “Hand. Cannot. Erase.,” at Berklee Performance Center on Friday.

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Saying goodbye: ‘Mad Men,’ Letterman, B.B. King

Farewells are hard in a culture that’s all about hello.

Musicians participating  in the Awesome Day Fest include (from left)  Andrew Doherty, Drew Indingaro, Jesse Sherman (co-organizer), Robby Roadsteamer, Doug Sherman, Jim Healey, Dave Jarvis, Johnny Northup, Dan Gondaliers, Cameron Keiber (co-organizer), and Jaime Devine.


Awesome Day Fest shows off Boston’s indie-rock talent pool

Awesome Day Fest, an annual celebration spanning several clubs in Allston, offers a chance to cram as much Boston music as possible into just two days.

Noisy Neighbors

Various artists, ‘Together Boston Compilation 2015’

A broad sampling of the New England electronica scene, “Together Boston Compilation 2015” sounds like a coherent whole.

Classical Notes

Lorelei Ensemble seeks ‘Shelter’ with new concert program

Vocal group the Lorelei Ensemble explores notions of sanctuary and refuge in “Shelter,” a program of old and new pieces it will present in Boston and Cambridge.



Live updates

Boston Calling Music Festival kicks off

The Boston Calling Music Festival is back with Beck and other musical acts. Globe writers are keeping up with the latest happenings.

High Five

Five changes on Eli Young Band’s road to stardom

Chris Thompson, the drummer for the hit-making, award-winning country group the Eli Young Band, reveals five changes of direction on the road to the top.


Azealia Banks triumphant at Paradise Rock Club

Rapper and raconteur Azealia Banks was unstoppable in a sold-out show at Paradise Rock Club.

Cambridge club T.T. the Bear’s Place officially closing in July

Bonney Bouley, the owner of the Cambridge nightclub, confirmed in a statement that she will close the club.

Music Review

Courtney Barnett hits the ground running at the Sinclair

Aussie singer-songwriter got her US tour off to a strong start at the Sinclair


// Mumford & Sons scale charts with moody new sounds

Returning from a hiatus of more than a year, the British band claimed the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart with “Wilder Mind.”

Taylor Swift wins 8 Billboard Awards; Kanye West gets booed

Swift is now the most decorated artist in the show’s history with 20 wins, beating Garth Brooks’s 19-win record.

Album Review | FOLK

The Milk Carton Kids, ‘Monterey’

On their third album, the Milk Carton Kids cast a spell with the power of simplicity and grace.

Album Review | ROCK

Graham Parker and the Rumour, ‘Mystery Glue’

After their solid but unassuming 2012 reunion record, Graham Parker and the Rumour released a bracing dose of soulful rock.

Music REview

Musical storytelling from Chameleon Arts Ensemble

Chameleon Arts Ensemble concert themes are always more poetic than painstaking, and this performance was no exception.

Special section

summer arts preview

// The best of upcoming arts events

Critics suggest where you should go, what you should see, who you should hear, and what you should be reading this summer.


//[1].jpg Week ahead: Music, theater, art, and more

Critics’ picks for noteworthy events in Boston and the surrounding area this week.

The best albums of the year


// The best albums of 2014

From Azealia Banks to the Afghan Whigs, Schubert to Schoolboy Q, we look back at the year’s greatest sounds.

Album reviews

Album Review | ELECTRONICA

Shamir, ‘Ratchet’

Las Vegas 20-year-old Shamir crafts a debut album of defiantly minimal dance music that reaches toward the sublime and lets his voice take center stage.

Classical music

Aaron Sheehan in Monteverdi’s “Orfeo.”

summer arts preview

BEMF prepares for a feast of Monteverdi

This June, over a span of eight days, the Boston Early Music Festival will present staged productions of all three of Monteverdi’s surviving operas.