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For some folks the de­fin­i­tive sound of May is a whis­per­ing breeze ac­com­pa­nied by lilt­ing bird­song. Here at Where Bos­ton, we pre­fer to mark the ar­rival of sum­mer with a goodly blast of well-cu­rated festival mu­sic.

This year, we’re more ex­cited than usual be­cause Bos­ton Call­ing—a truly mag­nif­i­cent ad­di­tion to the global festival cal­en­dar—is mov­ing from City Hall Plaza to the wide-open spa­ces of the Har­vard Ath­letic Com­plex. Check out our fea­tures sec­tion for a pre­view of the event from the per­spec­tive of festival de­sign guru (and long­time Phish col­lab­o­ra­tor) Russ Ben­nett. He of­fers a fas­ci­nat­ing look be­hind the scenes.

Our May-time ob­ses­sion with all things sonic has also taken us in sev­eral un­ex­pected di­rec­tions. In the Cal­en­dar sec­tion we’ve in­cluded a pre­view of “How To Be a Rock Critic” at Art­sEmer­son. The one-man play cel­e­brates the life and spirit of leg­endary mu­sic writer Lester Bangs, one of whose fa­vorite al­bums was “Funky Kingston” by Toots and the May­tals: if you haven’t heard that record, we rec­om­mend you add it to your playlist.

Over in the Arts sec­tion of our Guide, you’ll find “Lis­ten Hear: The Art of Sound,” an au­di­tory ex­hi­bi­tion at t he Is­abella Ste­wart Gard­ner Mu­seum. The fea­tured artists will take your ears through the doors of per­cep­tion and back again. Pre­pare to be amazed.

Else­where in this May is­sue you’ll find ev­ery­thing you’ll need to nav­i­gate your way around Bos­ton as the long, hot and end­lessly fas­ci­nat­ing sum­mer starts to kick in. Have fun!

Mike Hodgkin­son Ed­i­tor, Where Bos­ton @where_­boston

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