Articles by: Donald James

The final day of Boston Calling 2017 featuring artist's such as Buffalo Tom, Frightened Rabbit, Run the Jewels, Cage the Elephant, Major Lazer, Weezer, and festival headliners, Tool, on May 28, 2017.

Read: Boston Calling Recap – Day One

With stages spread throughout the Harvard Athletic Complex transforming soccer fields to midways, our city’s festival has grown up. Progress toward the organizers’ avowed goal of having a festival that matches the scale of a Coachella or a Lollapalooza proceeds apace. This year’s Boston Calling featured a third stage — […]

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The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (July 30-August 5)

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (July 30-August 5)

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. Saturday, 7/30 – White Lung – Brighton Music Hall Led by veterate rocker and writer Mish Barber-Way, White Lung forges forward with fearless takes on sexual politics in punk. The Canadian […]

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The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (July 2-8)

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (July 2-8)

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. Saturday, 7/2 – Sam Black Church – Brighton Music Hall It seems that the short list has been chock full o’legendary Boston bands making a last stand somewhere about town. This Saturday is […]

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The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (June 25-July 1)

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (June 25-July 1)

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. Saturday, 6/25 – The Dead Kennedys – Paradise Rock Club When the icons of Bay Area punk reformed in 2001, they did so without vocalist Jello Biafra, with whom the rest […]

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Still a Real Band: Buffalo Tom’s Bill Janovitz Talks Boston Shows and New Material

Still a Real Band: Buffalo Tom’s Bill Janovitz Talks Boston Shows and New Material

“All of a sudden we look at the calendar, and you say ‘ Guys, if we’re a real band, we need to play.’” Buffalo Tom plays the Paradise this Saturday, and Bill Janovitz, guitarist and primary songwriter of the legendary Boston band, knows it appears as if the guys crawl […]

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Christine and the Queens’ Spaces In-Between

Christine and the Queens’ Spaces In-Between

#angryfrenchgirl In the middle of a kinetic set on the Sunday of last weekend’s Boston Calling, French pop star Heloïse Letissier — known by her stage name Christine and the Queens — offered the joking lament that this is probably how the Boston audience sees her. As a #angryfrenchgirl. Letissier was playful on […]

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The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (June 3-10)

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (June 3-10)

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, 6/3 – Ruby Rose Fox – The Middle East Boston-based psychedelic soul singer Ruby Rose Fox pops up every now and again for a tear-it-down set at various venues […]

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Boston Calling 2.0: How the Move to Allston Will Affect Our Festival

Boston Calling 2.0: How the Move to Allston Will Affect Our Festival

Comic Ken Reid battled the heat and a diffident audience when he took the stage Saturday at Boston Calling. Fans of Reid’s popular podcast TV Guidance Counselor, know that his comedic approach is rooted in the preposterous incongruities he recognizes in pop culture arcanum. On Saturday, he looked at the space around him — […]

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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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