Last weekend, the band TV on the Radio played on the stage on the green of Brown University in front of students - collectively an audience - watching the performers. The band's new album, "Nine Types of Light," dropped only a few days, hours, minutes and seconds before last weekend's concert started and, incidentally, a few extra minutes and seconds before it ended. The band isn't your average, mainstream, conformist alternative rock band; instead, it provides a refreshing rock alternative to alternative rock.
When announced, many students were perplexed by BCA's choice of an artist whose medium of performance was relatively unclear, due to their confusing name. Apparently their current name is an abridged version of their original name: TV on the Radio on the Internet on the Telegraph on the Pony Express on the Smoke Signal on the Carrier Pigeon. Students specifically noted that in their performance, TV on the Radio "killed it" like video killed the radio star.
The weekend's second headliner was Diddy-Dirty Money Can't Buy Me Love Shack O'Neal, formerly known as Sean "Diddy" Combs, P. Diddy, Puff Daddy and Puffy the Vampire Slayer. Combs has recently been focusing on entrepreneurship, coming out with his own lines of champagne and cologne, as well as a campaign for "words with 'gn'" awareness.
This year was the first year that the BCA sold tickets for the concerts online instead of having students line up. "We felt that this method of ticketing saved people a lot of stress," said Anne Marie Kapston-McClellan '11, BCA coordinator of ticketing. "This way people can buy their TV on the Radio tickets on the Internet on our website on their computers in their rooms instead of sleeping in a tent on the ground in the streets of Providence."
Overall, students responded favorably to the performances, despite the initial confusion about the seemingly odd choice of artists by the BCA. "Our hands were kind of tied," admitted James Riggleman '11, a member of the BCA. "A lot of artists were already booked that weekend because of Coachella-ella-ella-eh-eh-eh."
Despite the success of the weekend, many students found it hard to keep all the groups straight, especially with all the confusing names. "Wait, I thought Diddy-Dirty Money was Snoop Dog," commented Seth Binghamton '13.5. "Or was that Vanilla Ice Or Ice Cube? Cube Runner?"