Day two of the Boston Calling Music Festival really didn't start out too well for me. After missing the first band of the day (Magic Man) due to unexpected traffic, I was met at the blue stage by Maximo Park, a band plagued by an overly theatrical leading man and a wholly forgettable sound. After this, Walk Off the Earth takes to the red stage with a mix of fun stage presence and hokey content.
In fact, my day didn't really brighten up until Jenny Lewis hit the blue stage at 4:55pm. Sure, Warpaint was good, but The Neighbourhood quickly washed them away. (It's not that I don't like The Neighbourhood, it's just that their sound wasn't what I needed right then and there. And at the end of the day, I probably just don't like their sound to begin with.) But from Jenny Lewis on, Saturday was out of this world. She was followed by the always fun Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls, who was in turn followed by the amazing The Head and the Heart.
Shortly before The Decemberists were set to take the stage, the rain started. Now, I've never been the biggest fan of theirs, but being in that photo pit, in the rain, with Colin Meloy belting out "The Crane Wife 1&2," I was lost. A moment live music exists for; yet one that happens far too seldom. They made a fan of me thanks to the perfect storm that is New England weather and Boston Calling.
Closing out the night was Death Cab for Cutie, a band I have been dying to see since 2005, but just never got the chance. I had the chance now... and wow.
Ben Gibbard and company blew me and every other soul in City Hall Plaza away last Saturday night, throwing down the gauntlet while he was at it. How could Sunday possibly beat this?
Enjoy the slideshow above, featuring highlights from Day 2 of Boston Calling, and like my Facebook page for many more coming soon. (We're limited to 20 here. I have a lot more than 20.)
And, in case you missed it, here is my coverage of Day 1.