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Boston Calling Announces Blank Canvas Contest

A little over a week ago, the organizers of Boston Calling announced the launch of Blank Canvas, a contest inviting all interested artists to create a concept for a 36 x 60” mural that will then create and put on display during the fall festival session (September 5-7). Five winners will be chosen from the submissions, receiving $1000 cash (including $250 for supplies) and four 3-day VIP tickets to the Boston Calling, in addition to the vast exposure their designs will receive at the festival.


According to a press release, the idea for this contest came about after brainstorming different ways of trying to utilize the talents of all artists (not just musicians) in the activities at Boston Calling. “We are always seeking ways to extend our connection to the community and further celebrate the talents of the people that make Boston, and the entire region vibrant,” says Brian Appel, co-founder of Boston Calling, in the release.  “At this past May’s festival, every time we saw a blank wall, we felt we missed an opportunity to have an artist display their work.”


All interested applicants must submit their designs via an 8.5 x 11” digital document no later than August 5, 2014. A full list of contest rules and regulations--and info about September's concert lineup--can be found here.


-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 

 

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LuieGo drops aggressive "I Run the A"

LuieGo is a breath of fresh air to Western Massachusetts’s dense scene of DIY bands and singer songwriters. “All you rappers suck!” he yells on “I Run the A,” a track that details his dominance over Amherst’s rap scene and bites so hard that some might think the “A” stands for Atlanta at first listen. Following May's "Fuck Daht," “I Run the A” is the latest preview of the rapper’s upcoming Authentic Thoughts mixtape, which he says we should be hearing soon. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

 

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Review of The I Want You at TT The Bear's (July 2, 2014)

 I was invited to a show a couple weeks ago by a band member from The I Want You. I like Boston-area nightlife, I like music and I like beer--all of which were coincidentally at TT’s the Bear’s in Cambridge that night--so I figured I’d go check it out. The band played an eclectic mix of pop tunes peppered with multi-part harmonies and keyboard melodies. I could vaguely detect hints of an R.E.M. influence (meant as a compliment, though I’m not sure how the band will take it). The highlight of their set for me was their song "Drifting". Full of energy and well-timed backing vocals, it was my favorite song of the evening by far.


For more info about The I Want You, check out their Bandcamp page.


-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 

 

 

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We Were Astronauts "Keep It Together" on new single

Following its poppy lead single “Golden,” We Were Astronauts have premiered the second single from its forthcoming Artificial Light EP. “Keep It Together” follows in the footsteps of melody-driven rock radio giants Kings of Leon, with catchy vocals and a thoughtfully pieced-together array of guitar pedals carrying the track from start to finish. Look for Artificial Light on September 9 and get your tickets to August 23’s album release party here. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

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Black Beach, Neutrinos, Black Beach and Grave Ideas join forces tonight in Jamaica Plain

Four great Massachusetts bands – all for only five dollars. If you’re in the Boston area tonight, July 13, head over to Jamaica Plain’s Midway Cafe at 9 p.m. to catch Amherst surf giants Sexy Girls, the dark and dingy punk of Middleboro’s Black Beach, Boston garage rockers Grave Ideas and the high energy of Attleboro’s Neutrinos. See you there. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)


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