Kendrick Lamar drops “To Pimp A Butterfly”

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In the spirit of Spring Weekend performers and unintended surprise releases (#FLOCKAGATE?), Kendrick Lamar unexpectedly dropped his new album, To Pimp A Butterfly, today. After the monumental good kid, m.A.A.d. city, an instant classic, Kendrick set the bar for his next album exceedingly high. But, the new album goes above and beyond. Mind-blowingly experimental,  To Pimp A Butterfly is unequivocally a masterpiece.

Crossovers of funk, hip-hop, R&B and jazz permeate the instrumental aspects of the album–which is no surprise, given To Pimp A Butterfly‘s list of collaborators, featured artists, and producers. Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Bilal, Terrace Martin–the list goes on–can all be heard both on their own tracks and as distinctive voices in shaping the album as a whole. The arrangements are unbelievably tight–smooth, dystopian, euphonious, all at once.

While the lyrical power of To Pimp A Butterfly will continue to grow with the listens, even after a day, there’s no questioning that Kendrick’s raps are emotional, intense, dark, and powerful. Juxtaposed with the sometimes-ethereal, sometimes-chaotic, sometimes-both production, Kendrick as an artist and expresser soars to completely new heights.

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Academics at Brown, as explained by Beyoncé’s new music video

Last night, Beyoncé once again shocked the nation by dropping the music video to a brand-new single, “7/11.” The song is a total jam and the video is an instant classic, featuring Beyoncé dancing around a hotel with her crew and being generally flawless. In the spirit of this exciting and incredible new release, here is the average Brown student’s academic life as explained by the “7/11” music video:

 

When you literally cannot study anymore.

 1. Rolling up to classes before you’ve had your coffee.

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2. Rolling up to classes after you’ve had your coffee.

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3. Participating in class when you did the reading.

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4. Participating in class when you didn’t do the reading.

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

Can you believe it’s already November? Hopefully your midterms are (at least almost) over, and you’re set to coast until Thanksgiving. BlogDH is back with your monthly dose of new and live music this month that can serve as your soundtrack.

Here’s the Concert Round-up:

In Providence this month are Wild Feathers, The Apache Relay, and Desert Noises, all playing a show together on the 16th at Fete. Desert Noises played at Lollapalooza this year, and despite being billed on one of the smallest stages, they drew a huge crowd. Not to mention, if there was a “Guy Who Looks Like Blake From Workaholics” contest, their drummer would hands down win.

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We’ve all pretended to know what Shaggy is actually saying when he raps, but since he’s playing at The Met on the 8th, you can actually find out!

If you are too indie to be into alternative, The Singles are playing a show at AS220 on the 11th. If you’re not indie enough to know what AS220 is, listen here for the gist of the mission statement given by the founder.

Also happening on the 11th, FKA Twigs will be playing at Brighton Hall in Boston. The show starts at 6 pm, which is pretty early, especially considering her vampire boyfriend, Robert Patinson, doesn’t do well with sunlight.

Another notable show in Boston this month: American Authors & The Mowglis are at the Paradise Rock Club on the 4th. And if you think the Mowgli’s have too much incense and not enough rock, at the same venue on the 5th is Circa Survive.

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Junior Prom, Kimbra, and Rubblebucket are all playing separate shows around various venues in Boston on the 9th, or you could see Fitz and the Tantrums and Big Data team up for one show on the 16th at the House of Blues.

But most importantly, the top three Boston shows you shouldn’t miss this November:

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz 11/26 @ House of Blues

Alt- J 11/18 @ The Orpheum

and BOB DYLAN 11/14 @ The Orpheum

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