The Georgetown Programming Board—the same people who brought you T-Pain—sent an e-mail to the student body last night asking for Georgetown’s input on the Spring Kickoff Concert.
While the Voice doesn’t necessarily agree that an April 10 concert can “kickoff” the Spring, we’re intrigued by some of the options they’re offering. Vox has been trying unsuccessfully to contact members of GPB for a few weeks now, so it’s unclear if GPB concert planners have looked into the feasibility of booking any of these acts. Regardless, if you’re looking for someone to guide your musical sensibilities—or argue with in the comments section—the Voice‘s veteran music critic Dan Cook has ranked musical acts in the order he would like see GPB try to bring them to Georgetown:
1) Flaming Lips
Let’s make a short list of elements that the Flaming Lips usually incorporate into their live shows these days:
1. An enormous digital screen that projects a hypnotic vagina at the onset of the show
2. Wayne Coyne’s inflatable, crowd-surf-ready hamster ball
3. Confetti cannons
4. Colorful, beach-ball-esque orbs
6. “The world’s biggest mirrored ball”
8. Oh, and music
Just take a look at the clip above, and I’ll spare you the details about their critically-acclaimed discography and a groundbreaking career that spans nearly three decades.
2) Dirty Projectors
In terms of raw musicianship, the Dirty Projectors are far and away the most progressive option on this list. Bandleader David Longstreth’s obtuse (though increasingly accessible) arrangements are well worth the admission price, but it’s the seraphic vocalism of Amber Coffman and Angel Deradoorian that make their live set special. Placing them this high on our list is merely wishful thinking though—they’re nowhere near becoming a household name.
3) Talib Kweli
Easily the most accomplished MC on this list, Talib Kweli has all the talent of a rap megastar (think Lil Wayne, not Kanye) but with almost none of the recognition. His biggest hit to date is still “Get By” (featured below), but he still has plenty of great material under his belt. And, hey, there’s always the off-chance Mos Def could show up…
4) Kid Cudi
Next to the Dirty Projectors, Kid Cudi has the most forward-looking sounds in his respective genre (at least on a semi-popular level). “Day ‘n’ Nite” is just a small taste of Man On the Moon’s chic, hazy aesthetic. The only hesitancies here are that 1) he has only released one album and 2) that album is full of mid to slow tempo songs.
5) Lupe Fiasco
Nothing against Lupe—he’s just not as accomplished as Kweli and not as innovative as Cudi (though still better than many of his contemporaries). He’d still put on a solid show, he’s just lower on the chain.
6) Arctic Monkeys
The Arctic Monkeys scored some early success with Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, but otherwise these guys can’t really bat with some of the others on this list. This is the sort of band that you should go see at the 9:30 Club, not in McDonough (not that McDonough has any business being a concert venue).
7) Super Mash Bros
A poor man’s Girl Talk—if you want to spend your whole night listening to songs you already know, get in line for Club Lau.
8 ) Third Eye Blind
If there’s one thing Georgetown Students should have learned by now, nostalgia alone cannot maintain the interest of our student body for a full-length concert. How many Third Eye Blind songs do you actually know? (I’ll give you a hint, you can count them on one hand.) Granted, probably nothing will outdo the WTF-factor of Coolio (disclaimer: not a GPB event), but unless you want to talk for the majority of the Spring Kickoff Concert, let’s not repeat our mistakes.