5 Can’t Miss Performances at Boston Calling This Weekend

Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, performed on the Bud Light stage during Lollapalooza at Grant Park on Aug. 3 in Chicago. He will be performing at Boston Calling on Sept. 6.
Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, performed on the Bud Light stage during Lollapalooza at Grant Park on Aug. 3 in Chicago. He will be performing at Boston Calling on Sept. 6. –Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Boston Calling is taking over City Hall Plaza this weekend with a stacked lineup of artists and bands, and while you could check out the entire three days of music, some acts are more deserving of your attention then others.

Plus, you could all use the extra time to check out the Samuel Adams Octoberfest and other happenings during the festival. Here are five performances you definitely shouldn’t miss during Boston Calling this weekend.


5. Spoon

Sunday, 7:10 p.m.

Since adding guitarist-keyboardist Alex Fischel to the group earlier this year, Spoon has completely revamped its approach to performing.

According to the Washington Post, the indie rockers have added new lights to their shows too, which coincide with the band’s more fleshed out sound on their latest album, “They Want My Soul.’’


It should be interesting to see Spoon’s new approach to taking the stage now that they’ve added a fifth member to the fold.



4. Girl Talk

Saturday, 7:10 p.m.

If Spoon is an ode to music’s rock n’ roll past, then Girl Talk, a.k.a. Gregg Michael Gillis, is a sign of what’s next for the medium.

The electro-heavy musician specializes in mashing up songs and using digital samples, making for a unique fusion of genres.

If you don’t mind listening to an artist mix Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs’’ with Missy Elliott’s “Get Ur Freak On,’’ then don’t miss Girl Talk on Saturday night.



3. The Hold Steady

Saturday, 5 p.m.

Criminally underrated, Brooklyn rockers The Hold Steady should not be overlooked at this weekend’s Boston Calling.

In March, the group recently its sixth studio album, “Teeth Dreams,’’ which features some of their grittiest and most lyrically dense songs in their catalogue.

If you were hoping to check out the Samuel Adams Octoberfest midday on Saturday, it’d be in your best interest to hold off on that until later, maybe during one of Lorde’s weird, zombie-like dance moments.



2. Childish Gambino


Saturday, 9:30 p.m.

If you want to see a truly multi-talented artist this weekend, look no further than rapper Childish Gambino, a.k.a. Donald Glover.

The California-born performer made a name for himself as a writer on “30 Rock’’ and a cast member on “Community’’ before deciding to focus the majority of his time into becoming a force in the world of hip-hop, and boy did his hard work pay off.

His second studio album, “Because the Internet,’’ was met with a ton of acclaim after it was released in 2013, debuting at No. 7 on the U.S. Billboard 200.

Glover’s uncanny ability to mix electronic-based beats with thoughtful and humorous lyrics should make for a highly entertaining performance on Saturday night.



1. Nas x The Roots

Sunday, 9:20 p.m.

Boston Calling will be ending its three day run with a bang thanks to Nas and The Roots who are set to close out the festival together on Sunday night.

It’s always fun when The Roots get a chance to perform with another big name artist, as their past collaborative albums with John Legend and Elvis Costello are arguably some of the group’s best work. Getting the chance to take the stage with a legendary rapper like Nas should result in an awesome night of hip-hop for all in attendance.

Don’t believe me? Check out the video below of Nas’ killer performance with The Roots while on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’’ in 2011.



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