5 acts to see at Boston Calling before the headliners take the stage

5 acts to see at Boston Calling before the headliners take the stage

By Danae Bucci

With 54 total performances set to take place on the four stages scattered across Harvard’s Athletic Complex, a shortage of good music will not be an issue. The three day music festival will take place on May 25 through 27 rain or shine. Headliners for festivals are often what draws the largest crowds, but it’s important to remember the smaller artists that can make just as big of a splash at this year’s Boston Calling Music Festival. Here is our compilation of smaller artists to keep an eye out for at this year’s festival – who knows, their performances may even launch their careers to become future headliners.

Brockhampton: While definitely larger in size and popularity than some of the other bands gracing the Boston Calling stage, the self described “boy band” is just now peaking out into the mainstream. After a high energy performance at Coachella, Brockhampton should be at the top of the list of sets you won’t want to miss. With hits like “GOLD” and “JUNKY,” their music touches on controversial and sometimes taboo topics such as substance abuse and sexuality. Earlier this week one of the 14 members was accused of sexual misconduct but no legal action has been taken.

Noname: With effortless vocals and smooth beats, Noname (born Fatimah Nyeema Warner) is no stranger to being on stage. Early off in her career she participated in slam poetry and open mic events eventually jumping over to the music scene. The hip-hop/R&B singer has been featured on many Chance the Rapper, J.Cole, and Saba songs,and now with her own album, “Telefone” she will be gracing the stage to feature her new songs. If you’re looking for a set that you can just vibe out to, this is one you won’t want to miss.

Daniel Caesar: If you’re looking for a set to get you in your feels, Daniel Caesar (born Ashton Simmonds)  will fit the bill. The Canadian R&B/soul musician has topped music charts in Canada and is hoping to make a bigger impact with its southern neighbor. His most recent album, “Freudian,” came out less than a year ago and was nominated for two Grammy’s this past year.

Taylor Bennett: Being a younger child sucks, especially when Chance the Rapper is your older brother, but Bennett has begun to break out into a career of his own. After featuring his brother on the song “Broad Shoulders,” Bennett has begun to steadily build up his fan base. Sounding and looking uncannily like Chance, he has not released an album of his own yet, but has many singles and mixtapes that he can feature at the festival.

Maggie Rogers: This Berklee College of music grad will be bringing her folksy, alternative vibes to the stage. Born and raised in Maryland, Maggie Rogers often listened to Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill growing up. Now, she draws influence from both of them when making her own music. Rogers’ third album is currently in post production so fingers crossed that she’ll give the Boston Calling crowd a sneak peak.

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