Boston Calling spring 2014: Our best photos from the Beantown music fest

Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie and Jack Johnson headlined the three-day Memorial Day weekend music extravaganza in Boston

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  • Photographs: Michael J. Chen

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  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Death Cab for Cutie performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Tegan and Sara perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 23, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Jenny Lewis performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Bastille performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Head and the Heart performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Jack Johnson performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 23, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Modest Mouse performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Walk Off the Earth performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Neighbourhood performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Warpaint performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Brand New performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Phosphorescent performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Tegan and Sara perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Bastille performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Jenny Lewis performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Head and the Heart performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 23, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Death Cab for Cutie performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Warpaint performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Jack Johnson performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 23, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Walk Off the Earth performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Decemberists perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Cass McCombs performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 23, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Tegan and Sara perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Head and the Heart performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Death Cab for Cutie performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Bastille performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Phosphorescent performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Walk Off the Earth performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Kurt Vile and the Violators perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Neighbourhood performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Modest Mouse performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Head and the Heart performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Jenny Lewis performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 23, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Death Cab for Cutie performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Warpaint performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Bastille performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Tegan and Sara perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Jack Johnson performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 23, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Phosphorescent performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Modest Mouse performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Decemberists perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Brand New performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Head and the Heart performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Neighbourhood performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Walk Off the Earth performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The spring 2014 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival took place May 23–25, 2014.

Photographs: Michael J. Chen

Click the arrow on the image above to view all photos from Boston Calling Spring 2014.

Music festival afficionados on the East coast converged upon Boston during Memorial Day weekend for the second annual spring edition of Boston Calling. The mostly sunny weather greeted 60,000-strong spectators at City Hall Plaza, and a sudden downpour during the Decemberists’ Saturday night set did little to dampen their spirits. In addition to headlining sets from the early-aughts trio of Jack Johnson, Death Cab for Cutie and Modest Mouse, other fest highlights included raucous performances by British (not French) rockers Bastille and alt-rock vets Brand New, frequent forays into the audience by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros frontman Alex Ebert, and peppy indie pop courtesy of Tegan and Sara. Boston Calling returns in the fall (Sep 5–7) with a lineup featuring the National, Lorde, Nas, Neutral Milk Hotel and the Replacements.


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