Blogify: You can Go the Distance

Finals period has descended on us, meaning long nights at the SciLi or Rock, the NDR, impromptu naps, and general stress and misery.

Everyone has different tricks to make it through finals period, from the perfect secret study space to the best study snack to even the favorite way to procrastinate a little longer.

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.

Happy finals!


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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Blogify: The Storm Before the Calm

Post-Thanksgiving, our workload is daunting, our pants are most likely tighter, and we’re about to enter reading week head-on. Many of us are left feeling stuffed, stressed, and anxious. The only thing less predictable than the weather right now are our final grades… and that’s okay. Your good friends at BlogDH want to help alleviate some of your pre-finals nerves with a calming and soothing Blogify playlist that will keep your mind at ease and bring you to your happy place.


When You Were Young: School of Rock

Universally, it is accepted that everybody loves 3 things: bubble wrap, birthday clowns, and nostalgia. This column aims to play upon the sentimentality inherent in every reader by paying homage to a key “retro” pop culture item.

This Week’s Throwback: School of Rock

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Some movies are good for a single reason: the script is well written or it has sweet special effects or it stars Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny, etc. Other movies are like School of Rock (directed by Richard Linklater, the genius behind Boyhood) and are great not for a single reason, but for a multitude.

The greatness of this movie begins, but does not end, with the following premise: a down on his luck enthusiastic, sweaty, hairy, talented and charismatic guitar player Dewey Finn, after being kicked out of his band, is living with his substitute teacher-friend, Ned Schneee Ned S. and Ned’s girlfriend, played by Sarah Silverman. His band members replace him with a guy who wears this shirt.  Also, that guy’s name is Spider.

One day, Dewey, referred to from here on out as Jack Black, receives a call from a local school asking if Ned will substitute for a teacher who has broken a leg.  Sensing a decently-compensated opportunity, Jack Black accepts the job. Continue Reading


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Blogify: Mornings

Mornings are hard. With daylight savings time, they’re getting darker. It’s cold outside. No one really wants to go to class at this point in the semester. I repeat, mornings are hard. Some tunes sometimes make them slightly more bearable.


Students who do cool things: Dolapo Akinkugbe ’16 (DAP)

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DAP–that’s pronounced ‘D-A-P’–is a junior at Brown; he’s also a student who does cool things. A producer first and a rapper second, DAP has established himself as a force to be reckoned with, and is rising in his renown on campus and off. After studying for two semesters at the Berklee College of Music during his gap year, Dolapo came to Brown. An enthusiastic piano player since he was a child, DAP has a natural predilection for bringing different sounds into his production style. He matches this with his flexible lyrical delivery (“flow”) and many ideas about the world and his place in it.

A couple of Fridays back, DAP rocked a crowd at Aurora in downtown Providence. The following Monday he dropped his fourth mixtape, GoodBye For Never, which demonstrates his versatility as a musician (he casually produced every track on the album, by the way!) and great ability as a lyricist and thinker.

This week I had the pleasure of sitting down with DAP and asking a few questions about his music and plans for the future.

Who are your main influences?

Kanye West immediately comes to mind, simply because he’s a complete artist. I also think he’s the best performer of all time, alongside Michael Jackson, and maybe James Brown, Beyonce. My favorite songwriter is Drake, the best rapper and lyricist in my mind is Kendrick Lamar. And I’d say Ab-Soul is the most intelligent rapper. I can tell that he’s both book smart and street smart.

And then I’m influenced by anything immediately around me, like A$AP and Gucci Mane, and I’ve taken influence from The Beatles and Motown, Stevie Wonder. For example, I’m going to a Stevie Wonder concert in a couple of weeks, but in a few days I’m going to Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Bibby and Jeezy concert. And I’m also going to YG and A$AP Ferg. So anywhere I get inspiration from I take it.

What are you studying at Brown?

Classics and I’m hoping to double concentrate with Music.

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