There are a lot of things the 20-year old R&B artist cannot do, but his Sunday evening set at Boston Calling proved that he definitely can, in the words of his “Homemade Dynamite - REMIX” partner Lorde, “murder a stage.”
Annie Clark (stage name: St. Vincent) has enough talent, if she wanted, to walk onstage with no costume, lights, or band—just her voice and a guitar—and bring down the house. But Clark did not do this at Boston Calling.
Perfume Genius’s greatest asset is his voice. Whether it be in quiet musings or booming vocal riffs, his voice reaches out from the stage, between each person in the audience, to fill the space before it.
On the first day of Boston Calling, Chicago rapper Noname made it halfway through a song into her Friday afternoon set on the Green Stage before she stopped the band, turned to the audience, and said “I’m going to be completely transparent, I am a little bit drunk.”
At Harvard, technical directors are few and far between. They build the sets for the dozens of plays produced on campus, often taking on long hours in the shop. While the work can be time-consuming, there are reasons for staying, and perhaps, changes to come.