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Music Review

Outside the Box music tells Boston stories

The finale to concerts held on the Boston Common as part of the Outside the Box arts festival could not have had a more pronounced Boston accent, as the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the Lemonheads, and Buffalo Tom drew thousands to the free show in the park Saturday evening.

Say what you will about Aerosmith, Boston, the J. Geils Band, and Dropkick Murphys, but the Mighty Mighty Bosstones is the most Boston of Boston bands. The ska-core crew sang about city history with “Rascal King”; its own experiences forming a band in the city on “Toxic Toast” and “Dr. D”; growing up in the city with “Sunday Afternoons on Wisdom Ave.”; and the fight to preserve the city’s character with “I Want My City Back” and “They Came to Boston.”

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