The stacked Riot Fest also includes Blondie, Interpol, Alkaline Trio, Father John Misty, Bad Religion, The Wonder Years, Cat Power, Hot Snakes, Johnny Marr, Superchunk, Dillinger Four, Piebald, and more.
It was a rock-heavy day one: Paramore and Portugal. The Man are both fresh off recently reinventing their careers, while The National have found longevity by only making minor tweaks to their sound, and The Killers‘ mid-2000s Top 40 domination has sustained them for going on 15 years.
The Russian feminist punk collective brought their politically charged performance to Brooklyn for a show at Elsewhere with Dorian Electra, and Nadya Tolokonnikova appeared in conversation with Marina Abramovic earlier in the week.
The group still insists that ”Pussy Riot has never done normal concerts in usual sense of this word, and we intend to continue this tradition,” but the live show that Pussy Riot brought to Austin for SXSW, Chicago, and a few other North American cities this year has been as close to a ”concert” as Pussy Riot seem to get. They're now taking that show to Hangout Fest, Boston Calling, and NYC...
”Pussy Riot has never done normal concerts in usual sense of this word, and we intend to continue this tradition,” say the group of the tour. ”Events that we organize are political rallies, not concerts. We intend to make the audience leave the venue or the festival, and to go out and act.”
The 2018 edition of Boston Calling which happens May 25-27 at Harvard Athletic Complex. Curated as always by Aaron Dessner of The National, this year is headlined by Eminem, The Killers and Jack White, and will also feature Queens of the Stone Age, Paramore, Tyler the Creator, Khalid, Fleet Foxes, St. Vincent, and more...
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