Can’t make it to Boston Calling this weekend? Don’t just sit around getting angrier and angrier whenever your friends Instagram pics of their hippie-chic outfits (just kidding, we’re not Coachella so that’s not really a thing, at least I hope it isn’t). Check out a couple smaller music fests — one so awesome it has “awesome” right in its name — plus a Boston Calling after party featuring one of the festival’s rising local acts.

1. Thursday, May 22 – James Fearnley
Unquestionably the most punk rock man to ever pick up an accordion, James Fearnley stops by Brookline Booksmith to talk about his new book. “Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues” follows the band from rags to riches and back to rags due to the inevitable stresses and substances that pull apart every rock band. Definitely check this out if you’re a sucker for band histories and you recently spent three hours watching “The History of the Eagles” and you don’t even fucking like the Eagles. (7 p.m., FREE, all ages)

2. Thursday, May 22 – Night Shift Taproom Opening
Night Shift Brewing in Everett opens its new 2500 sq. ft. taproom that boasts 80+ seats, plenty of parking, a new production facility and “actual bathrooms” (the previous bathrooms existed solely in your own mind.) Thursday’s grand opening will tap into an imperial stout aged in red wine barrels, plus a special draft list of new brews and cellared favorites, and also local food trucks and vendors because the poor guy who drives you to this thing needs something to do. (3 p.m., $10, 21+)

3. Friday, May 23 – “Smart People”
A new production from Huntington Theatre Company, ”Smart People” follows four Harvard intellectuals — a doctor, an actress, a psychologist, and a neurobiologist studying the human brain’s response to race — as they search for love, success and identity in a complex world. Or if you get your fix of Harvard intellectuals by hanging out with actual Harvard intellectuals, feel free to tune into the new sitcom “Stupid People” airing every night in every time slot on CBS. (8 p.m., $15-90, all ages)

4. Friday to Tuesday, May 23-27 – The Little Tramp at 100
At the tender age of 25, Charlie Chaplin created one of the most indelible comedic characters of all time. The Brattle pays tribute to Chaplin’s “little tramp” persona with a five-night retrospective following the character from his origins in Mack Sennett films to his glorious send-off in the classic “Modern Times” and finally answers your question: No, Chaplin wasn’t just doing “silly Hitler” in all those movies. (Various times, $8-10, all ages)

5. Saturday, May 24 – Boston Underground Summit
Here’s how it goes down at Boston Hassle’s seventh Boston Underground Summit at the Cambridge Elks: Ten bands set up round-robin style in a demented semi-circle and take turns playing songs until either the show ends or the melted faces of the audience start to resemble the Nazis at the end of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and signal they have enjoyed enough rock for one night. (7 p.m., $7-10, all ages)

6. Saturday, May 24 – U.S. Air Guitar Championships
Take something you usually do in the privacy of your own bedroom but you’re pretty sure you’re really good at it and turn it into fame and fortune. This is the story of every porn star ever, but also of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships, which has qualifying rounds Saturday at T.T. the Bear’s. Admit it, you love air guitar. You air guitar to the solo in “Hotel California” and you don’t even fucking like the Eagles. (6 p.m., $10, 18+)

7. Sunday, May 25 – Awesome Day Fest
Allston Rock City lives up to its name with Awesome Day Fest bringing 15 bands to play three venues (O’Brien’s, Store 54 and Regina Pizzeria) at the crossroads of Harvard Ave. and Cambridge Street. It is the greatest intersection of Harvard and Cambridge since Harvard University was founded in the city of Cambridge in 1636. (3 p.m., $10, all ages)

8. Sunday, May 25 – Boston Clawing
If you are going to Boston Calling on Sunday, make sure to wake up bright and early (1:40 p.m) to catch locals Tigerman WOAH! (That’s the name of the band, I didn’t just see a Tigerman and yell WOAH! because I don’t just type everything I see Puppies NICE!) Or just catch their official Boston Clawing after party at Ned Devine’s, also featuring Oldjack, Parlour Bells, The Silks and more. (6 p.m., FREE, 21+)

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