In case you missed it: The BCA lineup release party

So, by now, you’ve memorized the SW15 lineup, and are hopefully already making your way through Modest Mouse’s brand new album in preparation! If you couldn’t make it down to Whiskey last night, and are having major FOMO, we’ve got you covered: check out the pics and the release video below to pretend you were there.

(Note: the special appearance by your favorite blog!)

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BREAKING: Spring Weekend 2015 lineup announced

Here is the lineup for 2015’s Spring Weekend. Stay tuned for more updates!

Note: This post has been updated with Saturday’s openers, What Cheer? Brigade and Kelela.

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Waka Flocka Flame

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We’ve had a little extra time to get pumped about Waka Flocka; if you haven’t already seen the videos of him in a recording booth or reading/responding to a fan’s comments, please do so now. His most recognizable songs, “O Let’s Do it” and “Hard in da Paint,” are from his first album, Flockaveli, (not to be confused with Flockaveli 2, coming out later this year).

Hudson Mohawke

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Perhaps more famous for his work as half of TNGHT, Ross Birchard — Hudson Mohawke — is also behind multiple hits for Kanye West. As part of Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music stable, the Scottish DJ sometimes referred to as “HudMo” helped with the beats on “Blood on the Leaves” and “Mercy” (more on that later). Though he might not have the name recognition of past years’ electronic acts like Diplo and A-Trak, Hudson Mohawke should bring plenty of energy to Friday night.

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BCA announces Waka Flocka for Spring Weekend

BCA has just announced that Waka Flocka Flame will be performing the Friday of Spring Weekend.

It’s so official that if you Google “Waka Flocka tour” dates right now. You will find:

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Google doesn’t lie!  So Waka Flocka himself has confirmed, even.

BlogDH is excited for a potential live performance of this:

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Yale sets the bar for Spring Weekend very high

Last night, Yale’s BCA equivalent–I’m going to go ahead and call them the YCA? –announced their Spring Fling line up for this year. It’s… amazing: St Lucia, Klingande, and Jessie J.

If you’re unfamiliar with any of the above artists, watch the announcement video above. You probably know St. Lucia and Klingande, but just don’t know you know — their songs are everywhere. ‘YCA’ has also given helpful category labels: St Lucia is the “indie electronic performer,” Klingande will be the “house performer,” and Jessie J is the headliner, i.e. an actual pop star!

Holy shit, this line up is great. St Lucia is not some crappy random indie artist, which is always the concern when filling this category. His debut album, When the Night, is not only full of great indie-dance tracks (check out “Elevate” in the above video, and “All Eyes On You” or “Closer Than This“), but it was also actually popular. You’ll find in on any given indie pop/dance playlist on Songza, or whatever equivalent Spotify playlists you follow.

House music is not my area of specialty,  but Klingande has some very doting fans here at BlogDH. He makes those very recognizable songs with great sounds in them and then a few words that repeat. “Jubel” and “Punga” are the ones you’ve definitely heard.

And, wow, Jessie J. “Bang Bang” is probably one of the most fun pop songs of the last year (even though one friend described it as a less-great rip-off of “Lady Marmalade”). And who didn’t secretly wake up to “Domino” in their head in 2012? Yale is going to be feeling so sexy and free at their Spring Fling!!! According to the Yale Daily News, she’s also the first female headliner at their Spring Fling since 1998.

God, good job Yale. We’re super jealous and feeling threatened–we’re the “cool Ivy”!  Your move, BCA.


Spring Weekend might not be the best show in town on April 17th

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Big news in the incoming-concert knowledge world! As part of their “The People’s Champions Tour,” Talib Kweli and Immortal Technique are bringing their duo act to The Met in Pawtucket on the night of April 17th. Does that date sound familiar? Why yes, that is the Friday of Spring Weekend 2015. Now, we don’t know what BCA has in store for that night (yet), but this is the first time in recent memory that Spring Weekend has had to go up against major nearby musical acts. Just Coachella. Fuck Coachella.

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A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Brown Concert Agency Speakeasy

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Student bands Butter, Sad Family, and richard will perform in tonight’s speakeasy, presented by the Brown Concert Agency (BCA). The show promises to be an excellent showcase of some of the incredible musical talent at Brown.

Butter features Peter Enriquez ’16, Marion Wellington ’16, Peter Frisch ’18, Kenny Volkmann ’16, and Alex Han ’17. The newly-formed quintet incorporates jazz influences into its own brand of funk/R&B; their sound is the culmination of musical passions that lie outside the lines of traditional genres. Riding the wave of their first single (which was released just last month), Butter has a lot of fresh, exciting tunes to share tonight. Expect some “joyful, saucy, funky music” during their set. For a preview of what’s to come, check out their Soundcloud profile and Facebook page.

Sad Family is a project created by Sophie Kasakove ’17, Patrick McMenamin ’17, Bailey Barton ’17, and Matt Marsico ’15. The band specializes in “sad wedding music that already predicts divorce, played while on speed” (in other words, “grungey spacey twee-pop”). This sonically-eccentric undertaking is pretty new–the band started rehearsing for the first time this semester and the speakeasy will be their third performance. Although their social media presence is yet to be established, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for future shows and releases! 

richard (lack of capitalization intended) is the largest ensemble of the night; band members include Wes Sanders ’15, Chloe Kibble ’17, Ana Gonzalez ’15, Arun Janssens ’15, Grant Meyer ’16, Peter Enriquez ’16, Sage deLisser ’15, Sumner Becker ’14, and Johnny Page ’17. The band’s orchestration, which includes turntables and euphonium, is almost as unique as its sound. The group’s “[grounding] in rawness” resonates in their compositions, covers and performances, creating a strain of dynamically funky acoustic-electronic hip-hop that thrives in live performance. For more information, check them out on Facebook.

Overall, tonight’s speakeasy is going to be quite a show. Take a break from social exile the actual worst thing ever studying for finals and stop by the McCormack Auditorium (across from JWW) from 7:15 to 10:30p.m. to check out this awesome lineup of student bands!

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