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!
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.
So, by now, you’ve memorized the SW15 lineup, and are hopefully already making your way through Modest Mouse’s brand new album in preparation! If you couldn’t make it down to Whiskey last night, and are having major FOMO, we’ve got you covered: check out the pics and the release video below to pretend you were there.
(Note: the special appearance by your favorite blog!)
Here is the lineup for 2015’s Spring Weekend. Stay tuned for more updates!
Note: This post has been updated with Saturday’s openers, What Cheer? Brigade and Kelela.
Waka Flocka Flame
We’ve had a little extra time to get pumped about Waka Flocka; if you haven’t already seen the videos of him in a recording booth or reading/responding to a fan’s comments, please do so now. His most recognizable songs, “O Let’s Do it” and “Hard in da Paint,” are from his first album, Flockaveli, (not to be confused with Flockaveli 2, coming out later this year).
Perhaps more famous for his work as half of TNGHT, Ross Birchard — Hudson Mohawke — is also behind multiple hits for Kanye West. As part of Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music stable, the Scottish DJ sometimes referred to as “HudMo” helped with the beats on “Blood on the Leaves” and “Mercy” (more on that later). Though he might not have the name recognition of past years’ electronic acts like Diplo and A-Trak, Hudson Mohawke should bring plenty of energy to Friday night.
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.
It’s that time of year again when we approach the long anticipated revelation of who will perform at, arguably undoubtedly, the best weekend at Brown. Coachella will once again royally screw us by snagging every obscure artist in the universe (and Drake), but the staff members of the BlogDH remain hopeful. Although the BCA’s lips are sealed until the official release date (Monday, March 16th), the bloggers can dream. My personal wish list includes MisterWives, Nicki Minaj wearing the BLACK and BLUE dress, and obviously, Sia (who would sing from the gated roof of Faunce to hide from the audience). An addition to my wish list is for the temperature to rise above 32 degrees, but we have a better chance of Lauryn Hill showing up on time. Read on for BlogDH’s dream line-ups:
The indie/mainstream combos…
Kenji Endo: Twenty-One Pilots, Glass Animals, and Sylvan Esso.
Eddie Mansius: Odesza, Lord Huron, Purity Ring, and Theophilus London.
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