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Article Contributed by Shannon Clark | Published on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Bostonians and music fans from all over the New England area have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this September’s Boston Calling music festival.  The biannual event will put on a three-day show from September 25th-27th, 2015, in the city’s historic City Hall Plaza [One City Hall Square, Boston, Massachusetts].

The September line-up will include 23 live performances to take place on the venue’s two stages, with no overlapping sets.  The festival will be headlined in part by The Avett Brothers, the beloved alt-country folk-rock band who has seen increasing popularity since the release of their last album, Magpie and the Dandelion, on October 15, 2013.  With intricate lyrics and complex instrumentals intertwined throughout their music, The Avett Brothers are bound to put on a show that offers something to all.

alt-J will be headlining as well, bringing their complexly layered music, along with The Alabama Shakes, who will be bringing their 70’s jazz-soul revival from their most recent album Sound & Color.  Joining these performers are other beloved bands, including Hozier, Of Monsters and Men, Chvrches, and Ben Howard.  Long-time Boston residents can also look forward to seeing performances from local bands Dirty Bangs and Grey Season.  The packed line up for this September’s show was co-curated by The National’s Aaron Dessner.

Boston Calling’s September 2015 line-up, brought to you by Crash Line Productions, is as follows:

The Avett Brothers


Alabama Shakes


Of Monsters and Men


Ben Howard


Walk The Moon

Nate Ruess

Father John Misty

Sturgill Simpson



Twin Shadow

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks



The Staves



Dirty Bangs

Grey Season