Richard D. James, better known as Aphex Twin, is widely recognized as an illusive electronic music titan. His most recent EP, Collapse, was released in typical Aphex style, with subtle and vague, yet distinguishable messages spotted across the globe. In similar fashion, an array of performance announcements have sprung up out of the blue, and regardless of coast, very few are left disappointed.
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We saw it last year, and like clockwork, the blue stage demands its presence to be known on the second day of Boston Calling. With acts ranging from ambient electronica to the grimiest modern day rap flows, there was a constant flow of fresh attendees to this isolated stage. This pushed our uncontrollable curiosity towards finding out how the day would progress in the area. Let's get into it!
With the festival only having debuted in 2013, this year's Boston Calling is truly a breathtaking sight to see. Thousands of fans gathered for the kickoff of our beloved music festival on the Harvard Athletics Stadium. The community is larger, the artist and food bill is larger, we just couldn't wait to jump right in. Here's what we saw from our first day on sight.
After a long storm-filled Fall, Boston's beautiful weather is finally back; indicating the return of the city's most prized music festival. That's right, it's Boston Calling season again, and the festival's team is as ready as ever to re-energize the music community. While the past year's lineup looked to be an unstoppable force, this year's music talent brought a more indie and lowkey aspect that we couldn't help but smile looking through.
Few bars in Boston have managed to captivate an audience and create a unique atmosphere towards the love of music. Cue Elements, a company that has held down The Phoenix Landing for the past 18 years, bringing in new talents and veterans alike within the Drum & Bass scene. Although, I had always heard of Elements, I never had the opportunity to check out one of their shows. With the announcement of Hospital Record's S.P.Y making his return to Boston, I had no choice but to finally step foot into The Phoenix Landing. Little did I know how much I would learn from the tight-knit and energized community it attracts.