But it turns out the real juice for Boston Calling '18 was hidden underneath the big-font bigwigs (Eminem, The Killers, and Jack White, with notables like Queens of the Stone Age, Paramore, The National, Khalid and Tyler, The Creator on Line 2). This year's Boston Calling has maybe its strongest undercard ever, meaning a lot of the anticipated highlights will be going down while the sun is still up.
Sure, we can't wait to hear The Killers play songs off Hot Fuss, Eminem's first show in Boston in 13 years should be all sorts of "Fuck Trump" fun, and Jack White is gonna Jack White the shit out of all of us whether we like it or not. But those daytime hours are where the magic truly is, and we've picked 11 bands and artists, out of the overall 45, that we are most excited about on first poster glance. We might come up with another 11 next week.
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When Zola Jesus comes to Boston, she usually plays at the Institute of Contemporary Art. So it might be slightly strange to witness Nika Roza Danilova out there in daylight, offering up the not-so-easily digestible tracks from last year’s goth-pop opus Okovi. We’re also surprised to see her listed so low on the flyer, appearing on the eighth and second-to-last line between Pond and Taylor Bennett. That, of course, speaks to the remarkable depth of this year’s lineup, but fans who arrive early on Zola Jesus’ scheduled day (to be announced closer to the festival’s weekend) will be treated to a little bit of nightfall just after noon.