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Balloons yes; guitars no

Posted by Scott McLennan  May 25, 2013 05:11 PM

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Matt & Kim counted on fans to fill the fest with color

Nothing gets Matt & Kim down. The effervescent pop duo whipped Boston Calling into a geek dance frenzy and kept cheering on the crowd's grit, 'cuz it's cold and wet.

Matt & Kim handed out an untold number of balloons that needed blowing up, which the fans dutifully did and then launched them, creating a colorful spectacle against the grey skies.

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Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow of MS MR

MS MR heated up the side stage with its sinewy grooves and darker tones laced into arty dance rock. The band made a lot of noise, just like Matt &and Kim, and neither busted out a guitar. Rock fest without guitar (at least for a bit). What a concept.

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Scott McLennan is a Boston Globe music correspondent and previously wrote a music and entertainment column for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette for 15 years. After seeing the band Boston in the Boston Garden as a teenager he never looked back and eventually figured out how to be a professional fan. Scott is very good at writing in the dark. This blog is an ongoing discussion about music happening in and around Boston. Scott will be leading the trek across genres looking for new releases and hot shows as well as just checking in with the people who make Boston such a great place to listen. More »
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