BlogDailyHeard: Two student musical performances in one night

You have two free opportunities to see superb Brown student musicians performing Wednesday night, and it would behoove you to check one of them out. You can’t go wrong, either way. But what you don’t want is to try to attend both, and end up leaving in the middle of one of the concerts, and thus cause a distraction to one of the performers and become responsible for their train wreck. Here to help you make your decision, Blog lays down the basic facts.

1. BCA Presents: Speakeasy Vol. XIV [um, what is this, the Superbowl?]

The Speakeasy Series is a BCA event in which you actually do have some access to the musicians.

The Speakeasy Series is a BCA event in which you actually do have some access to the musicians.

When? 8 p.m.
Where? Faunce Underground
There will be three sets: Sage Snider, then Bryn Bliska and Jamie Fried, and then The Muffinheads. Check out each artist’s description on the Facebook event—they say it better than we could.

BCA has stated that they are infusing their speakeasy series with more funding in exchange for the lack of Fall Concert. Let’s see them put their money where their mouth is!

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BlogDailyHeard: Lupo’s deal for Brown students, Snoopzilla?

Brown Student Deal at Lupo’s!

Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel is offering Brown students 2 tickets for the price of 1 for the Cold War Kids show (tonight at Lupo’s), Fitz & the Tantrums + Capital Cities (tomorrow at Lupo’s), and Big Freedia (next Wednesday at the Met) if you buy from their box office.

For freshman out-of-staters (or upperclassmen college-hill-billies), Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel is the wistfully named concert venue a mere stone’s throw from Brown, on Washington Street just past Kennedy Plaza. It’s worth getting familiar with—they draw some pretty big acts to our small state, and charge small prices for tickets to their intimate space. The sister venue, The Met, up in Pawtucket, is even more intimate. (As an aside, Lupo’s intimidating employees  haunt my nightmares—their Kiss-like affect is not just for Halloweek—but they are actually quite genial, and have some great stories to tell.)  Continue Reading

Alums who do cool things: Nico Jaar ’12 in the New York Times

On a more personal note, I would like to mention that Nico concentrated in Comparative Literature (as does this Blogger), went to high school across the street from my apartment in New York, and is making music rather than writing about it, also known as living a better version of my life.

Brown University’s own Nico Jaar ’12 received a glowing profile in the New York Times yesterday, a bittersweet milestone meaning he has officially taken flight out of the Brown University hipster nest and made it big in the real world.

Actually, the process was well underway even back in 2011, when he made Pitchfork’s best new music list. We were lucky to have him for a few spring weekends in the past, but he is quickly becoming a tough act to snag. The New York Times recounts his rise to fame (he apparently is huge in Europe, and I encountered posters of him all over Istanbul in May), and the article showcases the debut album from his recent collaborations with fellow Brunonian Dave Harrington, under the moniker Darkside.

More Brunonians in the NYT: Janet Yellen ’67 was featured several times this week in the Times (well, obviously), and Michael Dickinson’s ’84 cool fruit fly obsession was chronicled in this article Monday.

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BlogDailyHeard: Fall Weekend Pronk! edition

What Cheer? Brigade and a dozen brass bands from around the world are set to tear up Wickenden Street this Monday.

If you are stuck in Providence this weekend and are somehow getting bored with drinking and watching Fox News by the time Monday rolls around, I’ve got just the ticket for you. This weekend boasts two Brass Festivals: Honk on Saturday and Sunday throughout Massachusetts, and Pronk! on Monday in Providence, are bringing over a dozen brass bands of international renown to our region, including Providence faves What Cheer? Brigade. Bear with me while I explain why you should care.

Nothing could be farther from your high school brass band.

Nothing could be further from your high school brass band.

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BlogDailyHeard: The 20/20 Experience, ‘The Speed of Things’, and BCA

BlogDailyHeard is a brief, periodic update on some things musical, with no pretentions of comprehensiveness; merely intended to give people something to sound knowledgeable about at dinner. Posts will typically include some combination of musical events too large to ignore, events that deserve some time in the spotlight, and/or happenings at Brown or in Providence.

We See You, JT:

Starting, inevitably, with the most blockbusting event of the past week or so, is Justin Timberlake’s latest outing, The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2. If you were to accuse me of writing about this album a little late in the game, I would redirect the blame unto Justin himself, citing the very length of the album itself as my cause for tardiness. This disc, which is only half of the entire “experience,” clocks in at an impressive 74:25 (most albums hover in the 40-minute range). To see out of both eyes (The 20/20 Experience – 1 of 2 was released this past March), you need to listen to over 144 minutes of music. Why so long, Justin? You’re talented, and you’re cool, you really are, and we know it. We want to hear you, but not four times as much of you as we hear of anybody else.

Dare we wonder what are you trying to compensate for, Justin? Wasn’t the size of your box proof enough?

Dare we wonder what are you trying to compensate for, Justin? Wasn’t the size of your box proof enough?

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