THANK YOU BCA!
First off, holy shit. An absolute hats off to BCA, even if we aren’t going to be the site of The Postal Service’s 10-year reunion. According to its site, this year’s Spring Weekend will have A-Trak and Kendrick Lamar headlining what might go down as the greatest Spring Weekend of all time (sorry, Bruce/Bono/Bob). A quick breakdown of the acts:
2013 is the year of Kendrick. In a landscape filled with talented 20-something MCs, he has managed a meteoric rise to prominence as modern hip-hop’s posterchild. After the success of his first proper album (good kid, m.A.A.d. city, but you already knew that) the future is bright for Kendrick. Little did we know it would involve a stop on College Hill. That BCA pinned down one of the hottest acts in the country right now is nothing short of a miracle.
Besides, “Swimming Pools (Drank)” is a perfect description of our Spring Weekend.
Did he make it big on a remix of a Yeah Yeah Yeahs song? Maybe. But even if you’re a devout member of the cult of Karen O, you can appreciate A-Trak’s beats. The Canadian DJ is the youngest-ever winner of the DMC World DJ Championship (at 15!) and has been at it ever since. You know the “Heads Will Roll” remix. You probably have heard his remix of Martin Solveig’s “The Night Out” too. But you might not know about A-Trak’s other extensive collaborations, including with Kanye (“Stronger”) and Mark Foster and Kimbra (“Warrior”). Note: Converse actually paid for them to play together. I love supergroups. Oh yeah, and he’s also one half of Duck Sauce.
The two driving forces behind this four-piece rock group from Atlanta are its pair of guitarist/vocalists: Bradford Cox and Lockett Pundt. Bradford, a mad genius known for on-stage antics, serves as the volatile core of the group’s punk delivery. Pundt, Bradford’s tranquil foil, brings beauty and calm to Deerhunter’s shoegaze-y rampages. Together they’ve put out a pair of great EPs and four stunning albums, the latest of which explores their peaceful pop tendencies (you can see that much from the song above).
This eccentric rock band is still enjoying the success of last year’s Swing Lo Magellan, its arguably most straightforward record yet. But don’t take that as a white flag–Dave Longstreth, the group’s hyper-intelligent frontman, is still prolific and crazy as ever, with a recent EP and short film under his belt. Most of its seven records are excellent, but if you want to get a taste of the Projectors at their best, check out Magellan or the classic Bitte Orca.
Longstreth and his backup vocalists are tough to match in a singalong, but Brown’s up for the task.
What Cheer? Brigade:
Local favorite What Cheer? is back in the game after a great performance somewhere between the John Carter Brown Library and Wilson Hall last Spring Weekend. Brown students rocked like mad to the 18-piece brass band’s unique sound. They’re so fierce, even Hurricane Irene (and the NYPD) couldn’t stop them.
The lawn next the the John Carter Brown will be terrorized once again.
A fourth-place finisher in last June’s poll for who should headline the 2012 Fall Concert, NOLA native Big Freedia—pronounced “free-duh,” get it right guys—will be bringing a whole new sound to College Hill. She is the absolute queen of Bounce music, and her set is sure to be raucous by any standards. (Not just for an opener; I don’t think anyone can keep up with her for a full set). If you only have time to get to know one of her songs, make it “Excuse,” if only because the music video is incredible. If you have time for a second track, definitely listen to “Y’all get Back Now.”
Fall Concert underdog is back to rock the big stage.