Festivals, at their best, force attendees to make tough choices as to which sets to see; outside of headliner spots, every musician playing Boston Calling this year will take the stage at the same time as at least one other artist. And who better to help you plan out your priorities than the artists themselves? Ten of Boston Calling’s finest told the Globe which other acts they’re determined to catch.
Joji Malani, lead guitarist for Gang of Youths: “Tank and the Bangas. They played after us at our Hotel San José set during SXSW 2018 and we were so overwhelmed by what we witnessed. Two of us were in tears. The depth of musicality, theater, and lyrical content of the group is just phenomenal.”
Tom Russo, singer-guitarist for Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: “I’m looking forward to seeing Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals. We played on the same touring festival with them in Australia, and we were lucky enough to see them play four or five times. It never got old, he is an entertainment machine, and they are an airtight unit. Really nice, humble guys as well.”
Ravyn Lenae: “I really actually want to see Princess Nokia. I’ve never seen her live before. I’ve seen Tame Impala, but I’d see them again, a million times over, because they’re so good in concert. Clairo, I know personally; she’s super cool. On Sunday, Kilo Kish. She doesn’t really tour very often, so this is a great chance to see and meet her. She’s super dope. ”
Ryan Miller, lead singer-guitarist for Guster: “I can’t wait to see Rainbow Kitten Surprise again. I caught them once and spent the entire time trying to figure out what kind of music they were making. I don’t think I ever figured it out, but I’m excited to try again.”
Tarriona “Tank” Ball, lead vocalist for Tank and the Bangas: “Anderson [.Paak]. I mean, come on. We gotta see him. But I don’t think we’re going to be playing the same day as him, though. Never mind. I hate Anderson. [Laughs]”
Chappy Hull, guitarist for Pile: “Princess Nokia. There’s something about her music that really sets her apart from other artists today. There’s this crazy energy and very diverse sounds that not many other people can pull off all at once, but she does perfectly, and I am really excited to see how that translates to a live show.”
Christopher Young (more commonly known as Harry), guitarist for Superorganism: “Can’t wait for Lil Nas X’s special appearance, hoping for five performances of ‘Old Town Road’ and a glimpse of Billy Ray [Cyrus].”
Sidney Gish: “I’m excited to see Yaeji’s set. I really like her energy in the videos of her sets that I’ve seen online. I’m also really interested in seeing her electronic setup live; I like watching how each piece of equipment is used throughout a set, especially when live vocals are involved as well.”
Eddie Green, guitarist for Shame: “I think we’re all keen to see Yaeji if we get the chance. We’re also looking forward to seeing our labelmate Mitski live for the first time after her amazing new album. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are always a pleasure to watch, as well. Strong lineup!”
Nick Wilkerson, drummer for White Reaper: “I’m particularly excited to see Shame, because it’s refreshing to see someone come out on stage and have such a raw energy as a band. You can tell they’re not faking it, you know?”Isaac Feldberg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter at @isaacfeldberg.