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TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2010

THE JUSTICE

THE JUSTICE

TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2010

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Sounds of SpringFest By REBECCA BROOKS JUSTICE STAFF WRITER

The 2010 Brandeis SpringFest began with a lot of expectations. Man Man, Chiddy Bang, Streetlight Manifesto and Passion Pit all in one concert? With free food and free admission? There had to be a catch. With the exceptions of muggy weather and glaring sun, SpringFest 2010 was a huge success. The food was decent, the venue was clean, and DJ Tao, who began the show with a 30-minute set and played music between acts, kept everyone entertained. Student Events and WBRS put on an amazing show. The members of Man Man, faces decorated with war paint and wearing a slew of funny hats, performed first. They started their band in Philadelphia in 2003 and have been creating albums ever since. Although the crowd was small and only started to form during Man Man’s act, the band charmed the audience with their quirky clothes, fun lyrics and a wide variety of unique instruments rarely found in live performances, such as a xylophone. Chiddy Bang, a two-man rap group consisting of Chiddy (emcee) and Xaphoon Jones (DJ/producer), performed next. The pair met at Drexel University in Philadelphia and decided to create hip-hop music together. Toward the end of their act, Xaphoon Jones decided to play a game with the audience. He claimed Chiddy could freestyle about anything and asked the audience for three topics. The audience chose donuts, drinking water and Judaism, and much to everyone’s surprise, Chiddy spit out a coherent and fluid rap. The most requested song by the audience was a remix of the MGMT song “Kids.” By the time Streetlight Manifesto came on, the crowd had begun to thicken. Streetlight, as the band is sometimes called, is well-known in the

ska genre of music. Throughout the performance, people were crowd-surfing and, as far as I could tell, attempting to start a mosh pit. Although things got a little crazy, the band performed well and was genuinely amusing, especially when one of the singers said to the audience, “What song would you like to hear? Not that it matters because we’re gonna play what want to.” And they did. The crowd loved Streetlight’s music no matter what song the band played, so there were no complaints. Although the first three acts were great, Passion Pit stole the show. The crowd was gigantic, stretching all the way back to the edges of Chapels Field, and it was unbelievably rowdy. The band played all the crowd favorites but saved the popular “Sleepyhead” for last. Even when members of the alienlooking group. Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts participants Big Nazo appeared in the audience, Passion Pit did not waver from its songs and instead encouraged the freakish-looking creatures to come up onstage though they had to settle for surfing the crowd. From a purely physical perspective, the band was quite easy on the eyes too. The curly, soft-looking hair of the lead singer looked as if it were dancing along to the words pouring from his mouth. Passion Pit was a great band to watch. The band’s members engaged the audience with their electric indie sound and performed their songs just like they do on their albums Manners and Chunk of Change. Student Events and WBRS really did a great job pulling off this concert. Even though most of the audience sweated buckets of water (which is quite a precious commodity these days), they attended an event that was the highlight of the year. Editors note: Justice Arts editor Bryan Flatt is a concerts coordinator for Student Events

Students soaked in both the sun and sounds during SpringFest

ASHER KRELLT/the Justice

ASHER KRELL/the Justice

SKA SUPREME: Tomas Kalnoky, one of the singers and guitar players of band Streetlight Manifeseto, plays a song during the band’s set on Sunday.

ASHER KRELL/the Justice

FLOWING FREESTYLE: Chiddy, the emcee half of the up-and-coming rap group Chiddy Bang combined style and creativity during the freestyle portion of his set.

ROBYN SPECTOR/the Justice

INTERESTING INSTRUMENTS: A member of Man Man plays one of their many eclectic instruments while donning war paint as the band kicked off SpringFest.

ASHER KRELL/the Justice

VIVACIOUS VOCALS: Michael Angelakos, leader singer and keyboardist of Passion Pit, sings to the audience. Above: Passion Pit rocks through the day’s intense heat. TALI SMOOKLER/the Justice

SpringFest 2010 Spread  

Photo spread for the May 4, 2010 issue of the Justice.

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