Indie-R&B vocalist Kelela has been somewhat of a dark horse in this year’s Spring Weekend lineup; not as famous as Modest Mouse or Waka Flocka and not as notoriouslycrazy as Pusha T or Hudson Mohawke, she seems to have been somewhat under-played by the majority of the Brown community. So, I’m here to set the record straight and provide some much-deserved hype for this year’s most underrated artist.
Before I continue, I must confess that I’m slightly obsessed with Kelela; my phone auto-corrects her name to “KELELA” every time that I try to type her name in text messages (or, more embarrassingly, on Facebook).
Kelela, a.k.a. Kelela Mizanekristos, is a Los Angeles-based electronic-alternative-R&B vocalist whose sound can best be described as unwaveringly honest, genre-defying, experimental, ethereal over heavy instrumentals, and consistently raw. She first broke into the music scene after meeting the musicians of famed electronic music collectives Fade to Mind and Night Slugs, where she provided vocals for notable producers and began recording material for her first album.
Ah, ticket release morning. AHHHH SPRING WEEKEND TICKETS WHERE IS THE LINK!?! WHERE IS MY CREDIT CARD?!? Can’t wait for that feeling, amirite?
3200 tickets for this year’s Spring Weekend concerts will go on sale at 8 a.m. next Monday, April 13th. Each day will cost $18, a decrease of two dollars from last year’s price. These tickets amount to the indoor capacity for the concerts. Brown community members may purchase only one ticket at this point.
Pending whether the concert can be held outdoors, 2300 more tickets may be released at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, April 15th. Again, community members can only purchase one ticket at this point — so if you got one on Monday, you can’t buy another at this point.
On Thursday, April 16th, at 8 a.m., Brown students will start being able to purchase leftover tickets for visitors. RISD students need to hit up Brown friends if they don’t want to wait till day-of to buy at the door.
Yes, the SW performers are coming here but they aren’t going here — catch my drift? A two hour performance does not make you Brown student. But this is BlogDailyHerald, and Hank is back to throw some light on deep hypothetical situations to ramble back. Let us explore what it would be like if Hudson Mohawke, Yeasayer, Pusha T, Waka Flocka, and Modest Mouse got early admissions acceptance Z-listed and were Brown Students.
Hudson, or Ross Birchard as his mom calls him, is from Scotland (which is like England’s slightly paler cousin). He is a DJ, just like me, but he doesn’t play his iPod unwelcomely at pre-games he is not actually invited to. He is also a producer (whatever that means) on Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music label. Lastly, he is (the better) half of the DJ duo TNGHT (pronounced tonight). Ok, backstory complete, now the jokes can start!
So what would Hudson be like as a Brown student? I think you could find Hudson throwing out fire jams at Small Victories party at Colosseum, Ultra, or one of those other horrible places. Likely to be constantly mixing beats in his dorm room, Hudson would live on the Main Green and blast music 24/7 out his window. He might learn about Scottish history or maybe he would study music? Both sound like so much… fun? I reached out to Hudson Mohawke’s people to ask what his favorite food is and if he plays any sports. So far, they have not responded, which is shocking. Would he be in a fraternity? Do fraternities still exist at Brown? Insert monkey emoji here.
I like surprises. Well, good ones at least. Without question, Yeasayer’s playing at Spring Weekend was a good surprise. Due to contract negotiations, Yeasayer was announced after the initial release of the Spring Weekend’s lineup — but if one name had to be announced late, this was the one to pick. The addition of Yeasayer to the existing lineup of What Cheer? Brigade, Waka Flocka Flame, and Hudson Mohawke injected some much-needed rock(ish) to Friday night. At least one former BlogDH writer/semi-professional flogger would have been very pleased. The concert really has something for everybody now.
But Yeasayer’s presence in the Spring Weekend lineup represents much more than a simple filler designed to check the box of something-resembling-a-rock-band on some fictional list of Spring Weekend artist requirements. The Brooklyn-based band, which formed in 2006, has constantly pushed the boundaries of genre — they once described themselves as “Middle Eastern-psych-snap-gospel;” Pitchfork calls them “art-pop,” but I’m not sure anyone knows what that is besides a thoroughly mediocre Lady Gaga album. Their songs range from this out-of-left field cover of Seal’s “Crazy” to the more radio-friendly “O.N.E.” of FIFA ’11 fame.
The quartet of Chris Keating, Ira Wolf Tuton, Anand Wilder, and Cale Parks delivers a unique sound that will get you dancing without delivering bass so heavy that you think you’re having a heart attack. Basically, they’re the anti-Brick Squad.
As hard as it is to believe, spring has supposedly finally begun, and it’s time for our favorite Blog series: our 12 day countdown to Spring Weekend. For the next 12 days, we’ll be dishing out all our best Spring Week advice. We’ll post anything you need to know in preparation for SW15 — artist profiles, ticketing information, weather forecasts, life advice; all the relevant knowledge to make Spring Weekend the best three days of your school year. (Oh, and Furby might make an appearance).
It’s time to start getting ahead on your on your reading, stocking up on sleep, and listening to our Spring Weekend Blogify playlist on repeat. Get excited, Brown. The wait is almost over.