How the Grinch stole Fall Concert

(BlogDH) Fall ConcertBut don’t fret: it might be good news.

Each year, amid the incoming flurry of freshmen trying to locate Wriston in groups of no fewer than ten and the aloof pockets of seniors spurning campus in favor of shadier spots like “Transit St.,” Brown Concert Agency’s Fall Concert seems to come out of nowhere. As a single-night event (without the debauched reputation of Spring Weekend) featuring smaller-name bands, the thrill of finding out about the underpublicized Fall Concert is usually accompanied by the thrill of finding out there are still tickets available. Perhaps the epitome of BCA’s fall shows, at least in recent memory, was Big Boi’s 2010 performance—and Real Estate in 2011 was nothing to scoff at.

This year, however, BCA’s Fall Concert will not creep up on us as it has in the past. Not because they are doing a better job spreading the word, but rather because there will be no Fall Concert at allContinue Reading


good kid, m.A.A.d. city: Brown translation

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It is just true that no matter how much you love The Dirty Projectors, it is always going to be more fun to throw out a Kendrick lyric.

Kendrick’s album good kid, m.A.A.d city is about the difficulties Lamar faced growing up in Compton, California, and his experiences there are not exactly the same as a daily life on College Hill. Having said that, the album is full of lyrics than can be surprisingly applicable to Brown life.

Examples of how you can take being pumped about Kendrick above agreeing-via-Ya-Bish level:

“Money trees is the perfect place for shade and that’s just how I feel.” I am interning/working at (insert investment bank or consulting firm) this summer/after graduation. (“Money Trees“)

“Now this is not a tape recorder saying that he did it/But ever since that day, I was lookin at him different.” I am 90 percent sure that kid spilled a drink on me at a party once, OR, I really feel like that was the kid sat who ON HIS OWN in a Blue Room booth even though he just barely beat us there. (“m.A.A.d. city“) Continue Reading


Another year, another Spring Weekend ticket sale malfunction

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Despite efforts to ensure that last year’s Spring Weekend ticket clusterfuck would never happen again, history seemed to repeat itself this morning. Spring Weekend ticket sale malfunctions? It must be spring! But you shouldn’t blame BCA. It was clearly a problem with the TouchNet payment processor that has exclusive contact with Brown. According to BCA’s most recent update, the only way you’ll know that you have successfully purchased tickets is if you have already received an e-mail confirmation. If you are one of the many frustrated confused exhausted people whose credit cards were charged but did neither received tickets nor e-mail confirmations, all processing/pending charges will be removed from your statement within 48 hours, according to BCA.

Don’t lose all hope…at least not yet. BCA also announced that both tonight (4/15) at 8 p.m and tomorrow (4/16) at 7 a.m. an additional 1250 tickets per concert will be released.

Here are some funny statuses to keep your mind off the stressful Lord of the Flies dynamic into which we seem to have devolved. Hey, at least we’re not alone…

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Spring Weekend student DJ poll: Take two

The battle for Spring Weekend glory continues. Late last February, the Brown Concert Agency announced their campaign to choose a student DJ to play between sets on the festival’s final night. After reviewing mix submissions, they narrowed the pool down to three candidates —Nick Melachrinos ’15, Tristan Rodman ’15 and Abe Arambolo ’13—and put the decision in our hands. 

That’s when things got a little messy. Over Spring Break it became clear that some unfair practices were used to sway the results. By the time we returned to school, over three thousand votes had been tallied. The huge vote push could have been the product of a sweeping democratic impulse throughout our vacationing student body. However, the more cynical among us were quicker to attribute it to a few enterprising computer scientists. No one is interested in pointing any fingers — especially BCA — but turns out it’s very possible to rig results for polls like these using a script that automatically votes from open IP adresses. When the BCA came across “evidence” of this sort of vote tampering last week, they shut the thing down and started from scratch.

The new poll can be found on BCA’s blog. They used Google Forms to set up the poll this time, so the only way to vote is to use a legitimate Brown email address. Make sure not to get too tricky or eager; multiple submissions from the same email will void all of that email’s submissions. Listen to the mixes, vote for your favorite, and spread the word!


BCA presents Speakeasy XIII

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Tired of waiting for Spring Weekend? Tired of this erratic weather? Boy, then do I have good news for you [actually, I can't really do anything about the weather sorry]. Tomorrow, April 4, BCA will host its 13th annual Speakeasy, a FREE concert showcasing some of the best RISD and Brown bands/singers/alt. rock gods out there. It’s also been hinted that professors will participate… how cool is that? This year’s Speakeasy will be held in Granoff Studio 1 (even the place sounds rad), from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Come ready to have a great time, meet the chillest people, and boost your indie cred by at least 10 points! But seriously though, you won’t want to miss this awesome event.

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You could be this year’s Spring Weekend DJ

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Are you into “dope beats?” Do you dabble in DJing? Are you one of the many aspiring (and talented) Brunonian DJs? Then this announcement is for you: This Spring Weekend, the Brown Concert Agency will be featuring a student DJ during the set changes of the Saturday show. Said DJ would be playing with the likes of Kendrick, Deerhunter, and Dirty Projectors. Take that in for a second. You could be that DJ.

If you’re interested in submitting work, make sure to email a mix and/or video of a performance of yours to brownconcertagency@gmail.com. Submissions are due Friday, March 15. Don’t forget to write “First name, Last name SW2013 Student DJ” as the subject line. Once all applications are in, three finalists will be chosen. Their fates are then put in the hands of the members of the student body, who will then vote on the DJ they so desire. Let the games begin.