Your Guide to Boston Calling’s Hometown Heroes Local bands and comedians you shouldn’t miss. By Spencer Buell and Alex Erdekian Keep your weekends full of the coolest things to do around Boston with our weekly Weekender newsletter. 000 5/24/2017, 3:12 p.m. Print Sure, you’re excited to see Chance the Rapper, Tool, and Mumford & Sons—the global superstars headlining the three nights of Boston Calling this weekend. But if you want the full festival experience, says Trevor Solomon, booking director, show up early and celebrate the local talent.Sharing the bill with those bigger-name acts are some of Massachusetts’ must-know performers, from newcomers to local legends. Solomon tells Boston he and his creative collaborator, the National’s Aaron Dessner, put a renewed focus this year on highlighting hometown heroes on the city’s biggest stage. “It was important for us to tie in with the local scene,” he says. “People would say on social media, ‘You need to book more Boston bands,’ and it’s something I’ve paid attention to.”From Dorchester’s Cousin Stizz (“He’s just awesome,” says Solomon) to Worcester’s the Hotelier (“Their record is so good.”) to a curated selection of top Boston comics (including Boston Calling veteran Lamont Price), you should show them some love.Here’s who they are, and when you can see them:Cousin StizzThe Boston-born rap star is loud and proud about his roots—his latest album is even called Suffolk County. One of his more popular tracks, Shoutout, caught Drake’s attention, who played it at his 28th birthday in 2014. A Dorchester native, Stizz began getting into trouble following the death of a close friend when he was 14, and his mother gave him an ultimatum: military school or high school in the suburbs. Stizz chose the latter, and ended up attending Reading High. Look for scenes of Boston in his videos.Genre: RapSong to know: No BellsWhere he’s from: DorchesterWebsite: cousinstizz.comTwitter: @cousinstizzWhere to find him at Boston Calling: Delta Blue Stage at 3:15 p.m. on SaturdayPiebaldPiebald, the North Shore outfit that’s on pretty much every mixtape anyone made in the 2000s, called it quits in 2008 with a final show at the Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, then reunited for the “You’re Part of It” tour last year. The band’s fans have passed on their music to the next generation, which frontman Travis Shettel told Noisey has in some ways made them bigger now than they were at the height of their success.Genre: Alternative RockSong to know: American HeartsWhere they’re from: Andover and SomervilleWebsite: piebald.comWhere to find them at Boston Calling: Green Stage at 4:55 p.m. on Sunday(You can also catch them at the Sinclair on Saturday night)ConvergeAlthough they’re very different bands, Converge and Piebald each emerged out of the same scene. Now, fans can see both of them on the Green Stage on Sunday. Considered one of the more influential bands that came out of Boston’s punk underground, their experimental sound is often given credit for pushing metal and hardcore music into new and interesting places, along with their contemporaries Cave In. And much like Piebald, this is a band you need to see live.Genre: HardcoreSong to know: ConcubineWhere they’re from: SalemWebsite: convergecult.comTwitter: @convergecultWhere to find them at Boston Calling: Green Stage at 3:10 p.m. on SundayBuffalo TomIt’d be hard to talk about Bay State rock and roll without talking about Buffalo Tom, the influential Boston three-piece whose fans include local musical royalty like J. Mascis. They got their start as a trio of friends at UMass Amherst in the ’80s, which, you’ll recall is where Kim Deal and Black Francis of Pixies met.Genre: Alternative rockSong to know: Taillights FadeWhere they’re from: UMass AmherstWebsite: buffalotom.comTwitter: @buffalotombandWhere to find them at Boston Calling: Delta Blue Stage from 3:05–3:50 p.m. on SundayThe HotelierThis up-and-coming modern emo band met at Shepherd Hill Regional High School in Dudley and released their first EP in 2009. Renowned for their emotional intensity and jarring lyrics, their latest album, Goodness, moved in a softer direction and pays homage to New England artistic forebears, touching on the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.Genre: Emo/pop punkSong to know: Your Deep RestWhere they’re from: DudleyWebsite: thehotelier.bandcamp.comTwitter: @thehotelyearWhere to find them at Boston Calling: Delta Blue Stage from 1:00–1:30 p.m. on SundayVundabarVundabar is yet another local band to grow out of childhood friendships in Massachusetts. Brandon Hagan, lead vocalist and guitarist, and drummer Drew McDonald grew up together in Scituate. Formed in 2012, the band did a European tour in 2014 and is touring France and the U.S. this summer. In their 2015 album, GAWK, Hagan’s voice has been compared to the screech-like vocals that the Violent Femmes and Pixies are known for.Genre: RockSong to know: Holy ToledoWhere they’re from: ScituateWebsite: vundabar.bandcamp.comTwitter: @Vundabar_bandWhere to find them at Boston Calling: Xfinity Red Stage from 2:35–3:05 on FridayPete HolmesHolmes, a Gordon College grad, has made several appearances on Comedy Central, starred as Batman in CollegeHumor’s series Badman (including a Good Will Hunting parody) and wrote for NBC’s Outsourced and Fox’s I Hate My Teenage Daughter. Lately, he’s been starring in HBO’s Crashing, based on his own life and executive produced by Judd Apatow. Fun fact: He also uses his wit to draw cartoons for The New Yorker.Where he’s from: LexingtonWebsite: peteholmes.comTwitter: @peteholmesWhen to see him at Boston Calling: At 6:15–7:00 p.m. FridayEugene MirmanThe voice behind Gene on Fox’s Bob’s Burgers emigrated from Russia to Lexington in his childhood, attended Lexington High School with fellow Lexingtonian Amanda Palmer, and went on to attend Hampshire College, where he majored in comedy. He’s given commencement speeches at both of his Massachusetts alma maters, which you can find on his Youtube Channel. His latest comedy special is now on Netflix, and his TV appearances are extensive, ranging from Inside Amy Schumer to Late Night with Seth Myers to Flight of the Conchords.Where he’s from: LexingtonWhen to see him at Boston Calling: At 5:30–6:10 p.m. FridayWebsite: eugenemirman.comTwitter: @EugeneMirmanLamont PriceThis isn’t the local talent’s first go-around at Boston Calling. Last year, the first time the festival offered a comedy stage, Price served as host, assisting in choosing the lineup of local comedians. A mainstay of Boston’s local stand-up scene, he has spent the past few years performing here and around the country, and has appeared alongside the likes of fellow Massachusetts natives Dane Cook and Bill Burr.Where he’s from: DorchesterWhen to see him at Boston Calling: 5:30–5:45 p.m. FridayTwitter: @LPizzleKelly MacfarlandA veteran improviser and stand-up comic in Boston, Kelly should feel right at home at Boston Calling—she’s returning after performing on the comedy stage last year, too. In addition to her stage presence, she’s also worked in TV, with appearances on Comedy Central and Gotham Comedy LIVE. In January 2017, she released an album called You Woke Up Today that details life as a middle-age stepmom. On the eve of Boston Calling, catch her hosting the MITX Awards at the Royale.Where she’s from: NatickWhen to see her at Boston Calling: 5:15–5:25 on FridayWebsite: kellymacfarland.comTwitter: @kellymacfarlandNick ChambersSince the Worcester native kickstarted his comedy career in 2009, Chambers has gone on to perform throughout the East Coast. He recently made his feature film debut in the 2016 comedy Good Kids. Comedy isn’t Chambers’ only field of talent, though: He’s also known for his smooth singing voice.Where he’s from: WorcesterWhen to see him at Boston Calling: 5:15–5:25 SundayWebsite: chamberscomedy.comTwitter: @ChambersComedyBethany Van DelftThis Boston-based comedian finds humor in the day-t0-day “first world problems” of living in Boston, she tells the Daily Free Press. She’s appeared on Comedy Central, NickMom, and TV Guide Channel, and is a standout at the Boston Comedy Festival and Women in Comedy Festival. She also co-founded a showcase of New England talent called ColorStruck: Women of Color in Comedy.Where she’s from: BostonWhen to see her at Boston Calling: 5:15–5:25 SaturdayWebsite: bethanyvandelft.comTwitter: @BethanyVanDelft Sign up for Weekender. Arts, events, pop culture, and more.*
Marty Walsh’s Viral Climate Moment His tough talk on the Paris accord is ricocheting around the country. Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* 6/2/2017, 10:06 a.m. 000 By Spencer Buell· Print Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! Photo via Mayor’s Office/Isabel LeonIn the fallout of President Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is having a viral moment.While most things he posts on Twitter get retweets in the single or double digits, anytime he mentions climate change his reach grows exponentially. Tweets from the mayor’s official account challenging Trump’s decision, which are written by his staff, have been shared thousands of times. “@RealDonaldTrump says that the U.S. is pulling out of the #ParisAccord,” he tweeted yesterday afternoon. “He better check his geography because Boston will do no such thing.” It’s been shared nearly 11,000 times..@realDonaldTrump says that the U.S. is pulling out of the #ParisAccord. He better check his geography because Boston will do no such thing.— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) June 1, 2017Then Thursday night Walsh’s team turned those popular lights illuminating City Hall green, a statement intended to project that Boston will honor its emissions-reducing commitments regardless of what happens in Washington.“City Hall is green tonight,” his account tweeted. “Boston stands with the environment. We must protect our future.” That one has 8,400 retweets.City Hall is green tonight. Boston stands with the environment. We must protect our future. #ParisAccord pic.twitter.com/yTL5albn2f— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) June 2, 2017Paris did the same thing, as did New York City, Mexico City, and Washington, D.C.And in Pittsburgh, talking back to the president on Twitter made that city’s mayor, Bill Peduto, a star.Now that the federal government is walking away from its role as a leader in global efforts to combat climate change, calls have been ratcheting up for American mayors and governors to step in. Climate activists would say that’s good for the environment, and a way to circumvent federal leadership hostile to their cause. It’s also, as far as the internet is concerned, good politics.
Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! Print Surprise fireworks over Boston!! pic.twitter.com/PfOgeBzmWH— Boston Harbor Today (@BosHarborToday) June 13, 2017 By Spencer Buell· 6/12/2017, 11:24 p.m. Boston webcam showing fireworks going off? Sweet! What are they for? pic.twitter.com/337UKHnBRq— Eric Fisher (@ericfisher) June 13, 2017 We had our own private #Bostonfireworks show and have no idea why? @universalhub @ConciergeBoston @ERubega pic.twitter.com/UNsiUj8WOw— Gini Boudwin (@GiniBoudwin) June 13, 2017 Photo by Samantha AllenSeemingly out of nowhere on Monday night, Boston was treated to a spontaneous fireworks show over the Harbor.It was not immediately clear who set off the full-size pyrotechnics, which were visible from East Boston around 10 p.m. and lasted for several minutes, including a grand finale, and the display left neighbors scratching their heads.But Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald cleared up the mystery on Tuesday morning. “It was a privately financed show,” he says, adding, “It happens more than people think.”Who footed the bill? According to City Hall spokeswoman Audrey Coulter, a Las Vegas marketing and event-planning firm called Fresh Wata hired New Hampshire’s Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group to put it on.All the necessary permits were obtained for the show. The biggest fireworks shells used in the show were 6-inches around, according to MacDonald, meaning they shot about 600 feet in the air. For comparison, the fireworks used in Boston’s 4th of July celebrations tend to be as large as 10-inches.For those who didn’t mind hearing loud booms in the evening, it was a welcome surprise. “That show was seriously spectacular,” wrote Samantha Allen, who watched from East Boston, on Twitter. “Sweet!” wrote Eric Fisher, who saw the colorful blasts via a webcam pointed at the Harbor.“I guess people got an unexpected treat,” MacDonald says. “Watching some fireworks they didn’t know about.”#Boston fireworks mystery is afoot! That show was seriously spectacular. We applauded over here in Maverick Sq. #eastie pic.twitter.com/UXLcXSMurx— Samantha Allen (@sallenwriter) June 13, 2017 @universalhub whats up with the fireworks over the harbor tonight? Not complaining 😍 pic.twitter.com/iCyFWh6EWL— Cheyenne (@CheyenneMK) June 13, 2017 000 Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* News Boston Was Treated to Some Surprise Fireworks A Las Vegas firm footed the bill.
Law Michelle Carter Found Guilty in Texting Suicide Case A judge found the Plainville woman responsible for the death of her boyfriend. Print Photo via APMichelle Carter, the Plainville woman who encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself in a series of text messages and phone calls, has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.Judge Lawrence Moniz delivered his verdict in Taunton Juvenile Court Friday afternoon, after Carter waived her right to a jury trial. Prosecutors had to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Carter, who was 17 at the time, was responsible for the death of Conrad Roy III. Carter’s lawyers, meanwhile, highlighted Roy’s history of mental illness, and argued that their client had been intoxicated on the antidepressant Celexa.Roy killed himself outside a Fairhaven K-Mart in July 2014, by siphoning carbon monoxide into his truck—a method Carter had repeatedly suggested. “You have everything you need. There is no way you can fail. Tonight is the night. It’s now or never,” she said in one text message released by the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.Carter’s sentencing is scheduled for August 3. 6/16/2017, 11:32 a.m. Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* By Kyle Scott Clauss· Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 000