Friday, April 17th
Waka Flocka Flame
Get ready to go “Hard in da Paint” on the Green during Waka Flocka Flame’s Friday set. Straight out of Atlanta, Waka is at the forefront of the rap and hip-hop scene. His trappy production and intense flow are key to an energetic Friday night. Waka also has a prolific online presence as seen in his viral reenactments of Mean Girls and readings of 50 Shades of Grey. With his new album, Flockaveli 2 dropping in June and past collaborations with Drake and Nicki Minaj, Waka is at the top of his game.
Working with some of the biggest names in hip-hop, pop, and dance music, Hudson Mohawke has been on a meteoric rise the last few years. At the forefront of his catalogue are production credits on “Blood on the Leaves” and “Mercy.” Cultivating a formidable presence in the UK’s underground club scence, ‘HudMo’ has been releasing music for the last 10 years. His US break-out came in 2012 with the collaborative project TNGHT. As an in-house producer for Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music, he has worked on releases from Drake, John Legend, Young Thug, and Pusha T. Besides working on Kanye’s new album So Help Me God, Hudson Mohawke is set to release his second full-length album, Lantern, this June. The hype is huge.
Saturday, April 12th
What Cheer? Brigade
You knew it. The punk brass band is back, again, and we couldn’t be more excited. With their blaring horns, bizarre costumes, and party attitude, these local Rhode Islanders will make the Main Green their playground and give us the delightfully raucous kick off that we need to Saturday. For all we care, they could play every slot.
Kelela Mizanekristos is an L.A. based singer-songwriter whose debut mixtape Cut 4 Me is heavy with dark beats topped by angelic R&B vocals. Her ’90s diva influences are evident, but the album is entirely modern, combining electronics from grime to techno. Her most recent single “A Message,” a collaboration with producer Arca, is taken from her upcoming release Hallucinogen EP. Maybe not dance music but certainly compelling, prepare for haunted grooves on Saturday.
With a prolific career spanning for more than 13 years, Pusha T secures a seat amongst the legends of hip-hop. Hailing from Virginia, Pusha and his brother Malice formed the groundbreaking hip-hop duo Clipse. With a distinctive minimalism and rawness uncharacteristic for its time, the duo released classics such as Hell Hath No Fury. Fast forward nine years, and now Pusha T is a main fixture on G.O.O.D. Music, the brainchild Kanye West. As a solo artist, Pusha has released brilliant albums such as My Name is My Name. Be looking forward to a release from Pusha this Spring. It’s sure to bang your eardrums.
Modest Mouse has been a fixture of the indie rock scene since the mid-90’s. Spending our more anxious teen years loving hits like “Float On” and “Dashboard,” be prepared some some reminiscent moments on Saturday. Modest Mouse is also making a huge comeback in 2015 with their highly-anticipated Strangers to Ourselves. Their new album bears an edgier sound but still the classic guitar riffs and catchy vocals. Get ready for a great show from one of the most prominent rock bands of our generation.