Concert Review: Boston Calling Music Festival Ends With A 'Bang'

Nas perfoming at the Boston Calling Music Festival on September 7th, 2014 (Benjamin Esakof/Roman's Rap-Up).

Though the ugly weather has come and gone, the Boston Calling Music Festival marches on for one more day!

The day got rolling with great band after great band.  Gentleman Hall, San Fermin, and White Denim all gave startlingly terrific live performances, all with slightly different niches at that.

San Fermin put on amazing show.  This band had a lot of unique characteristics; echo-y horns and violin and two lead singers (one male, one female) were featured in this performance.  White Denim had a uniquely Rock'n'Roll attitude, making them stand out strikingly from the crowd.  They ended their set with a bang or, in the lead singer's case, three broken strings violently ripped from his guitar.

The War on Drugs and Lake Street Drive were more low-key, having more of a feel-good attitude compared to the acts before and after.

Twenty One Pilots performing at Boston Calling Music Festival on September 7th, 2014 (Benjamin Esakof/Roman's Rap-Up).

Next came a definite crowd-favorite: Twenty-One Pilots.  Cheers arose as the duo took the stage donning their iconic balaclava masks for the first few songs.  This act was as loud, reckless, and abundantly energetic as it gets, with both members working every inch of the stage.  Highlights included a drumming platform held by the audience, ukelele renditions of Ace Hood's "Bugatti" and Beyonce's "Drunk in Love", and the duo's own hits "Car Radio" and "House of Gold".

The 1975 was up next, bringing some modern british-rock to the Boston Calling scene.  A hit with the younger festival fans, lead singer Matt Healy even invited one lucky teenager to sit on stage with the band while they performed.  The festival erupted for their big hit "Chocolate".

A huge fan-favorite at the festival this year was Spoon.  Spoon performed songs from all over their repertoire, including "Got Nuffin", "The Underdog", "Don't You Evah", "Who Makes Your Money", and "Knock Knock Knock".  Spoon's special brand of psychedelic rock was well complimented by the festival setting, and it was a performance that few will forget any time soon.

The Replacements kept the rock trend going, playing loud enough for all of Boston to hear.  Still, the anticipation was palpable for the final act of the night...

Nas took the stage, earning the loudest cheer at the Boston Calling Music Festival to date.  The crowd erupted as Nas went through his half of the set.  Nearly every audience member joined in for chants of "I know I can/Be what I wanna be/If i work hard at it/I'll be where I wanna be."  Soon, The Roots joined in for one perfect marriage of sound.  It was the best end to the best weekend of music in Boston. 

See more photos from day 3 of Boston Calling Music Festival in the gallery below: