After two and a half days of too much free seltzer, creepy and hilarious Samuel Adams cut-outs and Elle King levels of drunken fun, Boston Calling finally closed out having seen tremendous acts such as Odesza, Disclosure, HAIM, Vince Staples, Sia, the Vaccines and Miike Snow enter the stage with blow-out audiences. The underlying threads of the festival, however, were the local talent such as Michael Christmas, Palehound and Nemes.
This week’s playlist is made up of Executive Picks by our CEO Nathalie Phan who is preparing to embark on On Vinyl’s expansion to Boston, Massachusetts.
As On Vinyl Media approaches our Boston expansion, we rounded up a list of local Boston bands playing this year at Boston Calling Music Festival, which takes place from May 27-29.
I still see the moving images from last night doing laps in my brain: the bright, swirling lights spinning too fast for me to realize what is really going on; the conglomerate of different sounds, conversations and unique narratives; people wearing nothing short of overly eccentric costumes looming, dancing, and performing maneuvers and bodily contortions that probably have gone untried by the human population due to sheer difficulty or unfound, breathless passion.
When I competed in a national student entrepreneurship competition in Miami, one of my judges asked me, “What gets you out of bed every morning?”
The answer: My friends and family. My staff. My mission.
Luckily for me, my staff is made up of my friends, and I consider the whole lot of them part of my family. Luckily for me, I’ve somehow managed to impart a seemingly impossible mission to them: Sustain Austin’s local music scene by doing our part in making a difference in how music consumers view the city’s entertainment space.
Luckily for me, yesterday proved that making a change is possible and not as far out of reach as we all had thought.
During SXSW, I used to be the frustrated local commuter trying to weave through miles of traffic to get downtown, angry that I had to pay an obscene $20 in parking, sad to see other human beings walking around like human billboards, and more than anything else, fucking disrespected by the pedicabs that think they have the conjoined rights of cars, pedestrians and cyclists. This year, my perspective has changed.