Rock the Bells 2-Day Pass
After its successful inaugural event in May, the second edition of Boston Calling will again take over City Hall Plaza for a weekend. This time the lineup is even more diverse, from indie-rock favorites (Vampire Weekend, Local Natives) and hip-hop stars (Kendrick Lamar) to R&B singers (Solange) and hometown heroes (Passion Pit, Bearstronaut, Viva Viva). - James Reed, Globe Staff
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Formed in 1998 in Austin, TX, Okkervil River find the middle ground between indie rock and folk-rock, placing slightly more emphasis on the former. Vocalist Will Robison Sheff and drummer Seth Warren first rubbed shoulders as high-school students in Meriden, NH, a town they eventually left to attend different colleges....
Featuring a pair of alluring frontwomen in Berklee College of Music voice majors Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, Brooklyn-based indie pop quintet Lucius, which also relies on the talents of drummer Dan Molad and guitarists Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri, specializes in an evocative mix of torchy, pedal steel-infused Americana and beguiling, urban indie pop that falls somewhere between Neko Case, Blanche, and Cults....
Flume is a 21 year old beatmaker from Sydney. He got his first taste for producing at age 13 from the most unlikely of places – a music production program he found in a cereal box. Taking a no-holds-barred attitude to music creation Flume takes inspiration from a wide variety of sources and scenes distilling his sound into a melodic bass heavy style of his own....
Acclaimed British/Pakastani singer/songwriter with influences that range from Steve Reich to Siouxsie Sioux. ~ Rovi
Curt Cameruci (aka Autobot) and Josh Young (aka J2K) began the Flosstradamus project as a series of DJ parties in their hometown of Chicago. Word of mouth about their eclectic mashup of electro, house, minimal techno, and sleazy R&B quickly spread, and their parties often would sell out at a moment's notice....
The Gaslight Anthem rose out of the fertile punk scene of New Brunswick, NJ, flaunting a unique style that melded the influence of Bruce Springsteen, Wilson Pickett, and various Motown groups with the rough, emotional grit of Hot Water Music and Jawbreaker....
Bracing literate indie quartet with a lush synthesis of guitars, keyboards, and classical strings. ~ Rovi
Hyper-literate, versatile indie rock band formed at Columbia University; created a furor with its debut in 2008. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
John McCauley, the songwriter behind the Deer Tick moniker, grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, where he began his career by teaching himself to play drums, guitar, piano, and pedal steel....
At the age of 10, he appeared in a youth theater production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown . Went to college planning to major in film but only attended for a year. Originally dubbed himself Lil Scott before deciding on Kid Cudi....
Formed in 2008, Local Natives craft their dramatic and eclectic brand of indie rock from their home base in Los Angeles, California. Meeting in their Orange County high school, guitarists Ryan Hahn and Taylor Rice and keyboardist Kelcey Ayer (all of whom handle vocal duties) recruited drummer Matt Frazier and bassist Andy Hamm and moved to Silver Lake, where they began to forge their highly collaborative sound....
Major Lazer is the digital reggae/dancehall project of Diplo (Philadelphia's Wes Pentz) and Switch (London's Dave Taylor), two globetrotting, tastemaking DJ/producers whose previous collaborations notably included production work for M....
The name Wolfgang is synonymous with greatness. Name your baby Wolfgang, and he may grow up to be one of the world’s leading chefs, or a member of a seminal band like Kraftwerk or Van Halen....
Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated rapper Kendrick Lamar is one of the rare artists who has achieved critical and commercial success while earning the respect and support of those who inspired him....
Mixing bud smoker's anthems with socially conscious numbers, rapper ScHoolboy Q spent three years in the mixtape underground before launching his career properly in 2011. The first mixtape, the autobiographical Schoolboy Turned Hustla, landed in 2008 and quickly caught the attention of Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment....
The Boston, Massachusetts-based Passion Pit began as a one-man project of singer and songwriter Michael Angelakos to produce a Valentine's Day gift for his girlfriend. The gift, an EP entitled Chunk of Change, soon wound up in the hands of friends and acquaintances, who were enthralled with the work....
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