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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What to do this week: April 13 –19

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Monday, April 13:

Event: Unpacking the Takeout Box: The Americanization of Asian Food
Location: Salomon Hall 001
Time: 5:00 p.m.

Learn the history behind orange chicken, chow mein sandwiches, and California rolls, and how Asian food has become “Americanized.” The discussion will include Brown professors and representatives from local restaurants like Ken’s Ramen, Lotus Pepper, and India. The Hapa Club is hosting the event, and here’s the clincher: Mama Kim’s is catering the event.

Tuesday, April 14:

Event: Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s
Location: Thayer Street

Line up around the block with 500 of your closest friends in hot pursuit of a free cone. We recommend Phish Food.

Wednesday, April 15:

Event: Hillary 101: An Open Discussion
Location: Wilson 101
Time: 6 p.m.

Hosted by Brown Students for Hillary, this discussion about HRC’s history and her 2016 campaign platform is open to students across the political spectrum. The conversation will allow students to consider why they are #ReadyForHillary or perhaps #NotQuiteReadyForHillary.

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12 Days of Spring Weekend: Kelela

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Indie-R&B vocalist Kelela has been somewhat of a dark horse in this year’s Spring Weekend lineup; not as famous as Modest Mouse or Waka Flocka and not as notoriously crazy as Pusha T or Hudson Mohawke, she seems to have been somewhat under-played by the majority of the Brown community. So, I’m here to set the record straight and provide some much-deserved hype for this year’s most underrated artist.

Before I continue, I must confess that I’m slightly obsessed with Kelela; my phone auto-corrects her name to “KELELA” every time that I try to type her name in text messages (or, more embarrassingly, on Facebook).

Kelela, a.k.a. Kelela Mizanekristos, is a Los Angeles-based electronic-alternative-R&B vocalist whose sound can best be described as unwaveringly honest, genre-defying, experimental, ethereal over heavy instrumentals, and consistently raw. She first broke into the music scene after meeting the musicians of famed electronic music collectives Fade to Mind and Night Slugs, where she provided vocals for notable producers and began recording material for her first album.

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12 Days of Spring Weekend: Yeasayer

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I like surprises. Well, good ones at least. Without question, Yeasayer’s playing at Spring Weekend was a good surprise. Due to contract negotiations, Yeasayer was announced after the initial release of the Spring Weekend’s lineup — but if one name had to be announced late, this was the one to pick. The addition of Yeasayer to the existing lineup of What Cheer? Brigade, Waka Flocka Flame, and Hudson Mohawke injected some much-needed rock(ish) to Friday night. At least one former BlogDH writer/semi-professional flogger would have been very pleased. The concert really has something for everybody now.

But Yeasayer’s presence in the Spring Weekend lineup represents much more than a simple filler designed to check the box of something-resembling-a-rock-band on some fictional list of Spring Weekend artist requirements. The Brooklyn-based band, which formed in 2006, has constantly pushed the boundaries of genre — they once described themselves as “Middle Eastern-psych-snap-gospel;” Pitchfork calls them “art-pop,” but I’m not sure anyone knows what that is besides a thoroughly mediocre Lady Gaga album. Their songs range from this out-of-left field cover of Seal’s “Crazy” to the more radio-friendly “O.N.E.” of FIFA ’11 fame.

The quartet of Chris Keating, Ira Wolf Tuton, Anand Wilder, and Cale Parks delivers a unique sound that will get you dancing without delivering bass so heavy that you think you’re having a heart attack. Basically, they’re the anti-Brick Squad.

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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. 


BCA announces seventh and final Spring Weekend act

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Yeasayer will see you on the Main Green. BCA just announced that the experimental rock band, whose music bridges the gap between rock and electronic, will join Wacka Flocka and Hudson Mohawke on Friday night. Yeasayer rose to fame with the release of their more pop-influenced sophomore album, Odd Blood. 

Listen up to some of their hits below and look out for a detailed artist profile closer to–what’s turning out to be a pretty epic–Spring Weekend.

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