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Boston Calling Friday Recap

Boston Calling Friday Recap

The Front Row Boston team settled in early at City Hall Plaza, catching the sound check of festival openers Lisa Hannigan and Aaron Dessner as the security team spread wide and the event staff shuffled sections of aluminum fencing from the front of the stage. (Periodic wafts from the food tents […]

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The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (May 27-June 3)

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (May 27-June 3)

Each week, Front Row Boston’s staff gives you our Short List: the bands and musicians in and around town we think you should hear. Friday, 5/27 through Sunday, 5/29 – Boston Calling – City Hall Plaza We’ve got Boston Calling covered from a number of angles this week. And rightfully so. This biannual […]

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The Boston Calling Mixtape, Side Two

The Boston Calling Mixtape, Side Two

In a first of its kind for Front Row Boston, our contributors put together a mixtape of Songs You Should Know for Boston Calling, taking place this weekend on City Hall Plaza. Every week at Front Row Boston, we give you a Song You Should Know. This week we give […]

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The Boston Calling Lineup is Growing Up and Going Local

The Boston Calling Lineup is Growing Up and Going Local

Since its inception four years ago, Boston Calling has consistently presented an eclectic lineup, but has had an indie rock heart. The list of headliners from the first few iterations of the festival reads like a list of alternative rock royalty: The Shins, Vampire Weekend, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, […]

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The Boston Calling Mixtape, Side One

The Boston Calling Mixtape, Side One

In a first of its kind for Front Row Boston, our contributors put together a mixtape of Songs You Should Know for Boston Calling, taking place this weekend on City Hall Plaza. Every week at Front Row Boston, we give you a Song You Should Know. This week we give […]

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Songs You Should Know: “Technicolour Beat” – Oh Wonder

Songs You Should Know: “Technicolour Beat” – Oh Wonder

Everyone knows the feeling of anxiously awaiting your favorite band’s new release, counting down the weeks, days, and hours. When it arrives, listening to every song on repeat for three straight days seems not only reasonable, but necessary. Multiply that feeling by twelve. The southeast London duo, Oh Wonder, elicited […]

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The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (May 21-27)

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (May 21-27)

Each week, Front Row Boston’s staff gives you our Short List: the bands and musicians in and around town we think you should hear. Ongoing dates – Together Festival – Various locations The short list was a little shorter last week because of Together, and there’s still simply too many great […]

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The Price of Fame is Running Water: Behind the Scenes with X Ambassadors

The Price of Fame is Running Water: Behind the Scenes with X Ambassadors

“Very scenic…very appropriate behind the scenes look” quips Adam Levin, drummer for X Ambassadors. Their bus driver, who is all but scratching his head, is walking in and out of the green room of the House of Blues — where the group played a sold-out show of their VHS Tour 2.0 run […]

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Songs You Should Know: “A War is Coming” – Jeanne Added

Songs You Should Know: “A War is Coming” – Jeanne Added

Jeanne Added’s debut LP, Be Sensational, dropped last summer in Europe, but those of us on this side of the pond are still waiting for an official North American release. And our breath is bated. The first single from Be Sensational, “A War is Coming,” did show up on a North American release in […]

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The Rising Success of Snarky Puppy

The Rising Success of Snarky Puppy

Snarky Puppy’s recent spike in popularity seems to be surprising even those associated with them. As the band’s supplies were being loaded into the House of Blues, their road manager TJ Abbonizio remarked about the merch crisis they were currently experiencing: they had based their inventory on the last tour’s […]

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