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Boston Calling rested and assessed

Posted by Scott McLennan  May 26, 2013 12:05 PM

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Brian Appel of Crash Line Productions

Day 1 of the inaugural Boston Calling Music Festival is in the books, and organizers already tweaked the event for Day 2 happening today.

"The biggest change we made was looking at how people go from stage to stage," says Brian Appel of Crash Line Productions, one of the Boston Calling producers.

Artistically, the fest hit its bullseye, Appel says, and looks forward to doing more Boston Callings that emulate the new-music vibe of this first lineup.

Appel praises The National's Aaron Dessner as a Boston Calling curator, saying that the festival wanted to keep a tight focus on contemporary indie rock.

"Having Aaron involved, we knew we'd keep the focus on the here and now," says Appel, but adds the particular "here and nows" presented on Day 1 were instrumental in keeping the capacity crowd engaged despite the dreary weather conditions that blanketed the two-stage, outdoor event.

"The feedback we got on Matt and Kim was phenomenal. They took the festival to the next level. And when Fun. said it was the best show of their lives, people just went nuts," Appel says. (It's true, I saw that)

People arriving today will notice small adjustments to the way traffic is steered through the beer garden and between the stages.

Meh; You go to a festival of nearly 20,000 people, crowds are part of the game. It was better hearing him articulate the vision for Boston Calling.

"We try to catch lightning in a bottle," Appel says. (And that definitely happened yesterday with Portugal.The Man. My only gripe was that James Mercer either needs Red Bull infusions or the Shins should be presented on the smaller, more intimate stage. Just sayin'.)

Boston Calling continues Sunday with The National, Young the Giant, Of Monsters and Men, Andrew Bird, and others.

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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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