While songs reminding you of summer, warmth, happiness–anything that isn’t Providence right now–may make you sadder that you are living in a ski town with no ski mountains, they also might help you see the light at the end of the tunnel. Or at least enhance your daydreams that include weather above 20 degrees.
It’s been over a year since Drake’s junior album Nothing Was The Same dropped. Vibrant and poppy, yet remaining quintessentially Drake, NWTS marked a shift from being just another rapper to a musical auteur. Whether shouting at the top of his lungs or whispering sweet nothings, Drake has maintained a persona both in his music and public image of a hard-core (dare I say gangster?) rapper, as well as an R&B crooner, thus appealing to both hip-hop heads and romantics everywhere. If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late (released without any official announcements, much like Beyonce’s Beyonce last year) signals the singer’s commitment to mining the intricacies of his dual identities, while also highlighting his desire to experiment and expand his sound.
In many ways, If You’re Reading This remains true to Drake’s proven strategy of success. Songs fall into one of two categories: “I go hard in the motherfuckin’ paint” and “I can’t hold you too close because I’m afraid of loving you.” These two modes—boisterous, triumphant tirades or quiet love songs—sometimes compete against each other on the same track with Drake spending the first two minutes of a song shrugging off the haters, only to switch up the music tempo and cocoon within a gloomy dialogue of inner thoughts.
Well, it’s almost February 14th again. Whether you are in a long-term relationship or dancing on your own, VDay can be fun and exciting; you just need the music to set the mood. Having had a traumatic experience having sex with “All of the Lights” playing in the background, I know how important a soundtrack to a good hookup is. So I’m here to help you out: here is BlogDailyHerald’s Sextion-approved Valentine’s playlist, filled with lots of smooth, slow, and sultry jams. Put it on and get down with your significant other, new fling, or your bad self. Or just put it on while you eat ice cream and watch “Bridget Jones’ Diary.” Whatever floats your boat. Happy Valentine’s Day!
P.S. This may be ~*babymaking*~ music, but remember to use protection!
Ah February, the month of love. BlogDH is here to let you know about all the newly released baby-making albums and steamy live shows to take your boo to. Fair warning, by the time it’s too late to make a dinner reservation, tickets are probably sold out.
As far as the 14th goes, you have two options for shows in the area. You could go to Boston’s Brighton Hall and see Phox, or you could stay local and see Michael Franti at the Met. Phox played Newport Folk Fest this summer and they’re basically NPR’s folk darlings. They’ve just wrapped up a tour opening for the Head and the Heart, which stopped in Providence. I had the pleasure of going, and the displeasure of almost constantly being sandwiched between couples in the crowd. Despite the friendly, “They’re like my brothers!” vibe the lead singer gives off, this is not a concert you want to bring your friend to. Bring anyone you want to Michael Franti, though; this song is too catchy for things to ever get awkward.
Finals period has descended on us, meaning long nights at the SciLi or Rock, the NDR, impromptu naps, and general stress and misery.
To help you get through finals period, here is a killer study playlist of good music to study to, with some fun study break and motivational songs (The Climb by 2009 Miley Cyrus anyone?) scattered in.
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!