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Popping back with P.TM and the Shins

Posted by Scott McLennan  May 25, 2013 07:07 PM

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James Mercer of the Shins on the big screen

After a few sets of dance rock, Boston Calling swung into the indie-pop portion of Day 1. Portugal. The Man played a set on the side stage that left me feeling this band is going to be busting out once its new album "Evil Friends" is out in June. Just an energetic, engaging show all the way around, with a little Weezer tease tossed in for good measure.

Before the Shins held court on the main stage with its beautifully constructed melodies, Boston Mayor Tom Menino gave Boston Calling his blessings. Jeesh, dude's not even running and he shows up when more than 25 people gather in his city.
Portugal.The Man bringing the killer indie pop

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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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