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.


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.


When the Mowgli’s played Providence last year

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

So you are officially back to school. Your schedule is completely figured out, you’ve tried a couple new things, and now you’re realizing exactly how busy you are. Between studying for midterms and celebrating Brown’s birthday, Blog knows you hardly have time to find new music and we’re here to help. This column will give you a preview of all the releases and shows you can look forward to in the following month. We’ll feature up-and-coming albums, concerts, and artists so you don’t miss anything going on in the area. If there’s a show we don’t know about, share the info and we’ll throw it in! For starters, here are the new releases you can expect for October:

In keeping with her success in winter-themed things, Idina Menzel will be jumping the gun by releasing Holiday Wishes on the 14th. Also releasing albums on the 14th are Jessie J with Sweet Talker, produced by Diplo, and Andrew McMahon with In The Wilderness.  If McMahon’s name sounds at all familiar or brings back memories of taking yourself too seriously in middle school, that’s because you might know him as the lead singer of Jack’s Mannequin. Charli XCX is releasing her sophomore album on the 21st of October. You know Iggy Azalea ’s “Fancy”? Written by Charli XCX. Icona Pop’s “I Love It”? Written by Charli XCX. That one song you had stuck in your head for a week? Probably still Charli XCX.

Charli XCX goes back to school in her "Break the Rules" music video

Charli XCX is back to school too!

If these artists aren’t doing it for you, then there’s always the new T.I. album, Paperwork: The Motion Picture, or Lil’ Wayne’s The Carter V, released on the 21st and 28th respectively.  If you’re feeling retro, Weezer’s first album in four years is debuting on the 7th, and not to be outdone in the retro category, Jackson Browne’s new album comes out the same day.

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Happy Sunday in mid/late April, Brunonia!


Happy Sunday, April 20th! Find the one BearDailyHerald-shaped Peep we hid under one of the bleachers at the Brown Stadium, eat it because you were really hungry, and then order the “Specialty Chicken” from Domino’s — more on that later — because a single Peep probably won’t satisfy you.

SPONSORED: Geoff’s Superlative Sandwiches is adding a new Brunonian flavor

With over 85 sandwiches on its famous chalkboard menu, Geoff’s Superlative Sandwiches has been a College Hill staple for over 40 years. “People keep coming back,” says Julio Fonseca, the owner of the shop. “We get graduates who have not been here for 30 years. They say they love how everything is the same and that they can still order their favorite sandwich.” Julio, a native of Portugal, bought the sandwich shop from Geoff himself seventeen years ago.

While Julio wanted to stay true to Geoff’s creation, a few changes have been made such as the now famous 2 for 1 Tuesdays. What has not changed are the delicious sandwiches. “We have PhDs in sandwich making,” says the shop’s manager, John Reinhardt. When customers have trouble deciding which of the many options to order, employees usually point them in the direction of the eatery’s most popular menu item: The Juggs. This delicious sandwich includes hot turkey, bacon, cheddar, cranberry, and Shedd’s sauce, all on a superlative roll. “You don’t have these combinations at home,” says Julio. “When you come to Geoff’s, you get a sandwich you can’t get anywhere else.”

Each sandwich also has its own creative name, with some named after famous politicians, bands, and Rhode Island natives. As a side to the sandwich, Geoff’s is known for its white bucket of all-you-can-eat pickles situated in the middle of the room. Students also might see more of Geoff’s in the near future. Julio has thought about re-opening a Thayer Street location or potentially creating a food truck. Geoff’s used to be on Thayer a few years back, but it was forced out when a new owner purchased the building it occupied. Julio and John say that Brown students are their best customers and that they have loved meeting new students as the years have gone by.

Now Julio wants to make an exciting addition to this established eatery: add a sandwich called The Brunonian. In his mind, the sandwich would be modeled after the Brown Bear and include salmon, hot spinach, cranberry, and other tasty ingredients. Julio wants to hold a contest, however, and have the students decide on the contents of the sandwich.

Please send submissions of anything from your favorite homemade sandwich to a creative combination you thought up just for The Brunonian to, and look out for a poll on Blog with the top sandwiches in the near future!

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Ra Ra Brunonia: Rhode Island Hall


Rhode Island Hall seems to be one of the more unnoticed buildings on the Main Green—some only know it as Joukowsky, while others have never set foot inside. Little do people know that Rhode Island Hall has an incredibly cool history… and even used to home to a large collection of taxidermy (among other things). Yes, you read correctly.

Rhode Island Hall was built in 1840 to create new space for the Departments of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry, Mineralogy, Geology, and Natural History. Its name reflected the fact that the building was almost funded entirely by Rhode Islanders. The second floor of Rhode Island Hall was also Brown’s Museum of Natural History, which displayed a large variety of taxidermy and osteological species. Continue Reading

Rhode Island goes blue, Brunonians victorious

Emily Gilbert / Herald

As you’re watching what’s going on around the country, here’s a quick rundown on what’s happening in the realm of Brunonia and in the Ocean State.

  • President Obama takes four electoral votes for his win in Rhode Island, which is typically a blue state.
  • Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D) wins his first bid for reelection in Rhode Island.
  • Rep. David Cicilline ’83 (D) wins in 1st congressional District, while Rep. Jim Langevin (D) wins in Rhode Island’s 2nd congressional District.
  • Maggie Hassan ’80 P’15 (D) wins the New Hampshire gubernatorial race.

And now we wait for the rest of the results to roll in. We’re on the edge of our seats. Are you? Leave a comment.

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