Arts and Culture

Nicolas Jaar

  Despite the fact that he has only one full-length album to his name, Nicolas “Nico” Jaar might actually be one of the more familiar acts in this year’s Spring Weekend lineup. The up-and-coming 21-year-old is one of our own—a Brown student, class of 2012—though probably the only one of us with a Pitchfork-rated album,…

Lissy Trullie

  Friday will be New York night at Spring Weekend. While TV on the Radio and Das Racist show us the future of music in the city that never sleeps, Lissy Trullie takes us back into its storied past. Equal parts Loaded­-era Velvet Underground, diluted Television, and early Strokes, Trullie, who often performs with a group…

Lee Fields & The Expressions

  When Sharon Jones took the stage on Saturday afternoon of Spring Weekend 2009, more than a few befuddled looks were exchanged—and it wasn’t just the collective inebriated haze that had us struggling to get our bearings. Jones isn’t exactly a household name. And then there’s the fact that she had a full backing band…

Das Racist

Das Racist is completely insane. Their stripped-down beats accompany lyrics extolling the virtues of Arizona Iced Tea, Gruyère cheese, and Days of Our Lives. Their music video for “Who’s That? Brooown!” features a pixelized, 8-bit rendition of gentrifying yuppies, the Queens Expressway, and Sarah Palin in a bikini top. Even their name is a little kooky: it comes from…

Hitting Home

the low anthem at their folkin’ finest

Strong folk music is an Americana-studded road-trip—a dusty El Camino stocked with honest lyricism, simple chord progressions, and a cup o’ pure and gritty insta-nostalgia. If the vehicle stays its course, the route culminates in wonderfully poignant pieces of despair, loss and rebirth. The Low Anthem is absolutely on this track. The quartet, composed of…