Tips to get up front at Spring Weekend

Assuming you were able to snag tickets amid the free-for-all online scrum on Monday, it’s still likely that you won’t end up directly in front of center stage. If you want to high five Isaac Brock or kiss/fight Waka Flocka Flame, you’re going to have to get creative. Here are our suggestions for how to get up to the front of a Spring Weekend concert without overtly looking like an asshole:

“Uhhh… I don’t feel so good.”

Proclaim how dizzy and sick you are feeling as you move forward through the crowd. Throw in a “I think I’m gonna…” here and there. If people don’t respond, bend over and cover your mouth with your hands.

Effectiveness:✯✯✯✯ Getting puked on is one of many things that can immediately ruin someone’s spring weekend experience. Anyone paying attention will step aside once aware of the ticking vomit-bomb.

Act distressed.

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Yell “Fuck” while repeatedly covering and uncovering your face with your hands. Pretend that you lost your phone and/or significant other at the front of the crowd.

Effectiveness:✯✯ People on Spring Weekend are generally in a pretty good mood. The sight of someone distressed will conflict with built up positive energy; this might leave them annoyed for a second but they’ll be happy once you’re out of sight.

Crowd surf.

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Get some friends to hoist you atop the crowd and succumb to the will of those underneath you.

Effectiveness: ✯✯✯✯✩ This strategy may not get you to the front but you can make progress if you are persistent. Crowd surfing will also leave a gap between the people behind you, which your friends can use to make their way forward.

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12 Days of Spring Weekend: Modest Mouse is a very good band

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“I don’t feel, and it feels great,” Modest Mouse frontman, Isaac Brock, shouts early in the 10-minute-long, instrumental-heavy “Trucker’s Atlas,” from 1997’s The Lonesome Crowded West. This concise rallying cry points to the proud cynicism that characterizes much of the band’s music. Lonesome Crowded West was the band’s second full-length album, and the first to garner serious critical attention–Pitchfork gave it a rare perfect score–and provided Modest Mouse with its breakthrough.

Three years later, they released their major-label debut, The Moon & Antarctica, to further critical acclaim. With 2004’s Grammy-nominated Good News for People Who Love Bad News, and 2007’s well-received We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, the band solidified its reputation as one of the most original and consistently strong acts in mainstream alternative rock.

Modest Mouse was first conceived by Isaac Brock, who is the only member with an uninterrupted tenure in the band since its conception. (Founding drummer Jeremiah Green was replaced briefly in 2003 after suffering a nervous breakdown, but has otherwise also lasted the entire two decades; founding bassist Eric Judy left the band in 2011.) Brock grew up in the Pacific Northwest and for a period as a child was introduced into a Christian sect that asked him to speak in tongues; Modest Mouse, perhaps as a consequence, often touches on religious themes. On “3rd Planet,” possibly one of his most complex lyrical compositions, Brock sings, “the third planet is sure that it’s being watched by an eye in the sky that can’t be stopped… when you get to the promised land, you’re gonna shake that eye’s hand.”

But “3rd Planet,” like many of the band’s songs, also maintains Brock’s default defiant-asshole-persona: “I’ve got this thing that I consider my only art: fucking people over,” he declares in the opening verse. The complexity of Modest Mouse comes in its exploration of the subtleties of that persona, as in the mournful “Broke,” in which Brock declares, almost penitently, “Sometimes I’m so full of shit it should be a crime.” And on the same album (Good News for People Who Love Bad News), in which he screams in “Bury Me With It,” “Sure as planets come, I know that they end, and if I’m here when that happens, will you promise me this, my friend? Please, bury me with it! I don’t need none of that Mad Max bullshit,” he also inquires of the eponymous subject of “Bukowski,” “Who would want to be such an asshole?”

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If Spring Weekend performers actually went to Brown

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.

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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. 

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Hard in da Tank: A round-up for 2015

Spring Weekend tanks can be so many things: oddly specific, occasionally unflatteringly, aggressively well designed, and in support of a good cause. Another year means another round-up, so that you, the consumer, can make an informed decision on which piece of apparel you will be almost puking on ROCKING come April. Welcome to the line-up release party, swag edition.

The feminist killjoy:

Shout-out to our fellow student publication, bluestockings, for taking a b.s. insult and turning it into an awesome tank. Also, a shout-out to booster.com, which really wants us to know that the colors shown may vary from shirt to shirt. Proceeds go towards keeping bluestocking’s website, magazine, and workshops alive and well. $20 here.

The tanks that won’t leave you alone:

From Facebook groups to posters in the Jameson bathroom, these babies have been everywhere. The dizzy bear design is solid, and the plant-friendly option could always be reincorporated into your wardrobe later in the month… or if Willie Nelson visits Providence. $15 here, before shipping and handling.

The throwback:

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For everyone who is bummed that neither the Backstreet Boys or the Spice Girls will be making an appearance this Spring Weekend, these tanks are for you. Also, for everyone who loves and requires consent (which should, indeed, be everyone). The shirts are relevant, and the altered lyrics are extremely catchy. Friends may last forever but Spring Weekend never ends. $16 here, and “profits go towards sexual assault prevention education, and the Day One Sexual Assault and Trauma Center.”

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Blogify: Spring Weekend prep

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Despite foreboding snow piles lingering on the Green, Spring Weekend 2015 is upon us. Believe it or not, after spring break, there are actually only a few weeks until the joyous week weekend that marks the end of New England hibernation and the beginning of the greatest month (yes, it’s really only a month) at Brown: spring.

So, study up. Acquaint yourself with artists unknown to you and get pumped for those you’ve been bumping for years. Happy listening!

Image via Albie Brown ’16. 


La, La, La Brunonia: March in music, at a glance

With March brings a new month of music, hopefully with less snow. Here are the album releases and local live shows to look forward to tide us until spring break.

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3/2: For all the ‘Drag Race’ fans, RuPaul will be releasing Realness. This is the drag queen/model/actor/author/recording artist’s 8th studio album. Checkout Billboard’s interview and coverage here.

3/3: Canadian electronic duo, Purity Ring, are releasing their sophomore album. If you can’t wait the two days, Another Eternity can be streamed early on NPR’s First Listen.

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3/10: Madonna’s latest album, Rebel Heart, will be for sale on the tenth. Unfortunately for Madge, the albums already been leaked, without all the flash and benefit of a surprise release.

Will Butler, frontman of Arcade Fire, is also debuting his first solo album. Here’s Policy‘s homemade promo video.

3/16: The single of Modest Mouse’s new album, Strangers To Ourselves, has already hit number 1 on Alt Nation. I’m convinced it belongs on the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack, but maybe that’s just me. Listen for yourself and see how much of a Tim Burton vibe you get.

3/24: New York hip-hop artist, Action Bronson, will be releasing Mr. WonderfulBritish-folk singer, Laura Marling, has Short MovieFinally, Smallpools are releasing indie-pop album, LOVETAP!

3/31: Some of the best albums this month have been saved for last. Death Cab for Cutie’s much anticipated Kintsugi will be premiering. Chris Walla, lead guitarist and producer for the band, left Death Cab while they were making this album. To cope, the band hired an outside producer for the first time. They snagged Rich Costley, of Muse, Foster the People, and Sanitgold fame. Aptly named for the situation, the album takes its title from, “Kintsugi,” an art form of repairing what’s broken.

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