After years of midnight announcements online, the Brown Concert Agency is taking a different approach to releasing the lineup for Spring Weekend 2014–one that will draw attention to Brown student musicians.
BCA has pegged six student groups to play a Lineup Release Party this Tuesday at Whiskey Republic. At midnight, they will put a pause to the festivities to announce the lineup for Spring Weekend.
You could just wait for the Facebook flurry (and Blog coverage) from those who trek down the hill on Tuesday night, but here are six things you’d be missing out on:
Clyde Lawrence Band
Clyde Lawrence is a junior hailing from New York City. His infectious soul-infused pop has caught the attention of many Brown students, Providence locals and, according to comments on the video above, French people. He plays a lot of shows at Brown and in the Providence area, and they’re always a good time. Continue Reading
Fresh off an intercontinental megatour, The Boss is back in the USA, and he’s coming kind of/sort of/a little bit close to PVD! A newly released set of dates for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concludes with a two-night stint at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT on May 18. Mohegan Sun is about an hour away from Brown, and exams end on May 16. From our calculations, it seems like a trip for the night is totally doable.
Springsteen just came out with a new album of “covers, outtakes and radically reimagined versions of fan-favorite songs” entitled High Hopes. Some of its highlights include the newly salient “American Skin (41 Shots)” — originally written as a response to the death of Amadou Diallo and resurrected after the death of Trayvon Martin — and the title track, which came from the 1996 EP Blood Brothers.
This is the greatest live act in the world, and he’s coming somewhere within 100 miles of us. Tickets might be riotously expensive (though not as pricey as they would be in the Meadowlands), but it will be worth every penny. If you know a better way to spend a night of Senior Week, let me know.
The album features fourteen songs and seventeen videos and includes a killer line-up of musical guests, including Drake, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, Timbaland, Frank Ocean, Drake, the two other chicks from Destiny’s Child (just kidding, we love you Michelle… sort of) and, in typical Jay Z-Beyoncé fashion, her infant. (Just kidding, we actually really do love you Blue Ivy. Like, a lot.) Continue Reading
It’s arguably Brown’s most notorious party, an event so renowned that students will wait into the late hours of a Sunday evening weeks beforehand merely to experience it for themselves. Commonly touted by the Queer Alliance as a safe space, it has nonetheless attracted criticism from outside media and Brown students alike. But, in the end, what would SPG be without the music?
“At other parties, people are always requesting songs,” notes Ben Shack Sackler ’16, “but at SPG, people are there for the experience, and you try to give them that experience.” Known also by his DJ moniker Ethos Nebula, Sackler was one of three DJs who performed over the course of the evening, along with Nikos Melachrinos ’15 and Prescott Smith ’16. In total, the three performed for over three hours, providing tunes for the entire duration of the party. So what kind of music, exactly, was featured at this year’s SPG?
As a culture, we are obsessed with throwbacks. From #tbt to the influx of 18-30 year olds wearing Buddy Holly glasses, we can’t get enough of the past. Why then, I ask, have we forgotten about the most influential era of music—the early naughts? I propose a revolution. No longer shall we dance to Miley and Avicii in frat basements. Here are ten forgotten but incredible party songs that we should be jamming out to at parties (and alone in our rooms) instead.
1. Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)
Although everyone’s favorite semi-obese R&B/rap/pop/garbage artist is now less than relevant, there was a time when T-Pain ruled the world. This song brings me back to the days of bar and bat mitzvahs—and has the secret power of making even the nerdiest Jewish boys pop and lock it on the dancefloor. And T-Pain autotuned before it was cool. So thanks, T. For everything. Continue Reading
You have two free opportunities to see superb Brown student musicians performing Wednesday night, and it would behoove you to check one of them out. You can’t go wrong, either way. But what you don’t want is to try to attend both, and end up leaving in the middle of one of the concerts, and thus cause a distraction to one of the performers and become responsible for their train wreck. Here to help you make your decision, Blog lays down the basic facts.
1. BCA Presents: Speakeasy Vol. XIV[um, what is this, the Superbowl?]
The Speakeasy Series is a BCA event in which you actually do have some access to the musicians.
When? 8 p.m. Where? Faunce Underground
There will be three sets: Sage Snider, then Bryn Bliska and Jamie Fried, and then The Muffinheads. Check out each artist’s description on the Facebook event—they say it better than we could.
BCA has stated that they are infusing their speakeasy series with more funding in exchange for the lack of Fall Concert. Let’s see them put their money where their mouth is!
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