With the first (real) snowfall and beginning of second semester, winter is peaking. Unfortunately for the season, the student body just received the survey for the Spring Fling Openers reminding us of all the joys warm weather brings (namely no jackets and frolicking on old campus). Since we probably won’t get Blue Ivy or the live reconciliation of Russell Brand and Katy Perry, let’s look at the selection they offer us for openers.
The range of possible artists includes high highs and some low lows and even some singers who are just OK.
Now, I don’t know about the rest of the student population, but when it comes time to Spring Fling, my theory is that we all want to dance and get our energy up. Therefore, the idea of having a serenader is not at all appealing. By this logic, I was frustrated to see options like Toots and the Maytals, Frank Ocean (who, don’t get me wrong, is an incredibly talented singer, but not a guy I’m going to go crazy to see) and Tallest Man On Earth. I was going to make an exception for Lana Del Rey (because she rocks those videoooo gaaaaaameeeess) but as anyone who watched SNL on Saturday can tell you, she performs drunk.
Despite those setbacks, the Spring Fling committee pretty much gets it right. Robyn and Childish Gambino are both amazing artists. Robyn is a fierce tiny blonde with shiny suits and dance ballads about boys and angst who shone during her live SNL performance a couple weeks ago. Childish Gambino, or as you may know him, that guy who plays Troy on Community/former writer for 30 rock/Donald Glover, super hip comedian, is a masterful rapper with a knack for topical lyrics (don’t believe me? he tells the females to “drop it like the nasdaq”). They both have excellent reputations for performing live.
Waka Flocka, Taio Cruz and The Cataracts (do they come with Dev?) certainly need no introduction, and are popular enough that we hear their songs every weekend. Also possible:
Super Mash Bro’s: just a couple of dudes and a computer mixing songs together like Modest Mouse’s “Float On” and Bubba Sparxxx’s “Miss New Booty.” Sounds like: Girl Talk
Metric: a blonde girl singer with a couple dudes playing instruments in a pop/punk mix. You probably know their song “Black Sheep” if you saw “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World,” or that song “Gold Guns Girls” if you listen to alt radio. Sounds like: Paramore
STRFKR: an amazing electronica band from Oregon with sugar-sweet music. Before you vote yes or no, be sure to listen to “Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second.” Sounds like: (a much better) MGMT
Santigold: a solo female cross between singer and rapper who’s music you may recognize from movies and TV but not the radio. Sounds Like: MIA
Lykke Li: Another solo female artist with a much sweeter voice and softer songs that still have that dance edge. She collaborated with Drake on the song “Little Bit.” Sounds like: Yeah Yeah Yeah’s
Arctic Monkeys: This English indie rock band has been around for a long time, releasing their first album in 2006. Quirky lyrics and dancy as rock tunes can be, they have an excellent reputation for their live shows and if you listen to “When the Sun Goes Down” and don’t dance, I give you full permission to completely ignore everything I just said.
All in all, solid list, YCC. We give you an “A.” Remember, voters, get educated before you Rock the Vote! Listen to YouTube clips! Open your minds! Then chill out and enjoy the ride.