What to do this week: November 16 – 22


Monday, November 16

Event: Poetry on the Spot
Time: Blue Room
Location: 10:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.

Sending a Brown Bear Admirers is so October. Instead, pay a member of the Swearer Center’s Writers Group $1 and they’ll put quill to paper and compose a poem for you, your admired, or anyone you’d like. All proceeds go towards the Swearer Center’s Community Partnership, offering adults with developmental disabilities creative writing workshops.

Tuesday, November 17

Event: SCAC Lecture Series: Juliana Huxtable
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Granoff Auditorium

The Student Creative Arts Council will host poet/artists/model/DJ, Juliana Huxtable, as part of their lecture series. Free tickets can be reserved here.

Event: DOPE Screening
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Location: Salomon 202

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Deer Tick comes to Providence March 14 (and we’ve got tickets to give away!)

In honor of Deer Tick’s upcoming March 14 concert at Lupo’s, I sat down for a Q+A with the band’s bassist Chris Ryan, who turned out to be just as cool and funny as I imagined he would be (what else did you expect?). We are also happy to announce that we’ll be giving away a pair of free tickets to the show! Just fill out the Google form below to enter. We’ll notify you via email a week before the show (March 7th)!

BlogDH: You came to the band a little later after pursuing a degree, is that right? What drew you to Deer Tick?

Chris Ryan: At that point it was John and Dennis, and I had known them for a long time and played with them before. But I guess John was waiting until I got out of school, which I’m glad he did, because if he asked me while I was still in school I wouldn’t have graduated. [John and I met] in high school.

When did you take up the bass guitar?

Middle school.

Any other instruments?

Nope, just Bass Guitar.

So where did the name Deer Tick come from?

It would have just been John McCauley and the band or the John McCauley project. But John was hiking in the early days and got bit by a tick and got really scared about it, so that’s where the name came from. Music is also pretty parasitic, when you think about it.

Are you a Providence lifer? How was Providence influential to the creation of your music?

I grew up in North Providence. Because the town is so small and, therefore, the music scene is so small, everybody knows everybody else and so it kinda allows for an anything-goes attitude. [For example], the kids who are playing folk music are friends with the kids who are playing rock, so the concert bills were pretty mixed which was cool. If Providence has influenced us, it would have to be because of the mixed genres.

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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

Concert Knowledge: 5 things I learned at MGMT


Last week, I went to the MGMT concert at Lupo’s. The delay in relaying my concert knowledge is of course due to my several nights of deep contemplation about the concert. It really has nothing to do with the fact that we’re in reading period/finals week. At all. But seriously, these lessons are going to be deep, so pay attention.

MGMT is a band worth contemplating—I am willing to go on the record stating that if I were going to Penny Lane any living, actually-of-our-era band, it would be them. I am shamelessly in love with Andrew VanWynGarden. I think everyone our age should have spent a little time watching interviews with him. I remember going to my first MGMT concert when I was 16 and thinking it was totally plausible that Andrew might pull me up on stage and kiss me. At 19, I recognize the delusion of that thought—of course he wouldn’t have made out with a 16-year-old. Going into Wednesday night, I felt like it was much more likely this time around!

Obviously, my first lesson is that:

1) Third time is (will be) the charm. Meaning next time, Andrew and I will end up together. It was a bit ambitious to assume such a momentous occasion in my life would happen at Lupo’s. Lupo’s is sort of tacky. Continue Reading

Concert Knowledge: 8 things I learned at Jeff Mangum’s acoustic show


A few weeks ago, I saw Jeff Mangum, the lead singer of 90s indie band Neutral Milk Hotel, perform at Lupo’s for an acoustic set. Before I proceed, let me just quickly get this out of my system: Jeff is perfection incarnate. We are not worthy. My brain literally cannot fathom how otherworldly his stage presence is. His voice runs down my soul like fancy spiced rum. His lyrics are Dali paintings for my ears. Yes, I am forever blessed to have discovered his band on that teenvogue.com music forum one summer night when I decided that I had had enough of Jonas Brothers commercialized pop tunes. Jeff Mangum’s music really is like no other, and seeing him live will definitely change you. Below are 8 things I learned at his concert:

1. Not all opening bands are painfully boring. There were two opening bands, but the one that I most enjoyed was the second one called The Music Tapes. The quirky wide-eyed singer was extremely endearing (I swear I’m not talking about Zooey Deschanel). I just felt like going on stage and petting him. The set featured a singing television, a seven-foot-tall metronome, and a saw that was repurposed into a musical instrument. At one point, I was just so confused as to what the hell was going on, but I was too riveted to look away. Overall, it was one of the most delightfully trippy and chill musical moments I’ve ever experienced, and this is coming from a fellow Californian, mind you. Continue Reading

OK Go, Neon Trees thrill Lupo’s concertgoers

OK Go (The one that went to Brown is on the right)

Rising pop-rock icon OK Go, cutting-edge eclectic foursome Neon Trees and Rhode Island-based BRU favorite Fairhaven opened the WBRU Dunkin’ Donuts Holiday BRU-haha at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel on Friday.

The atmosphere was suspenseful — the merchandise desk was aggressively handing out 3D glasses in preparation for OK Go, whose performances are known to be (sometimes absurdly) experimental — as the opening act took the stage. Fairhaven demonstrated a standard indie rock aesthetic, broken up by a percussion-heavy interlude. At times, the self-described melodic alt rock band sounds slightly like a boy band, but subtly enough to be taken seriously. Lead singer Alan Connell’s voice has hints of Incubus’ Brandon Boyd in some numbers, such as the particularly infectious single “Worth it All.” The members are also gracious, taking time after the show to chat with fans before heading off with OK Go. Fairhaven’s potential has proven high enough catapult them out of their Cumberland, RI hometown. Continue Reading