It’s finally spring here at Vanderbilt. The air is brimming with pollen, day parties have commenced, and everyone’s excited for Vanderbilt’s annual spring music festival. This year’s lineup is incredibly diverse: from electronic beat-maker Porter Robinson to comedic rapper Lil Dicky, there’s bound to be an artist for everyone’s tastes this year. With Rites of Spring just around the corner, it’s always a good idea to get to know the artists a bit in advance. So, check out the synopsis of this year’s lineup below.
Following the release of the Rites lineup, one of the most common complaints I heard was that Future had no business being invited to perform. Many of these critics complained that his lyrics left something to be desired. Others found the songs repetitive. Even then, others found him too simplistic and not deep enough. People have a right to their opinion, but in this instance I think many critics of Future and trap music in general are doing themselves a disservice by ruling out the genre. All the things that give trap rap a bad name are the same things that give it a valid place on the musical spectrum. Let’s take a look.
If there are two things that we at WRVU care about more than music, they’re chicken wings and tortilla soup. Luckily, the guys in Portugal. The Man feel the same way. The band played a whomping 1-hour mega-medley on alumni lawn this weekend for Rites of Spring, stringing their potent original portfolio together with a series of covers, including but not limited to, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s “Day Man” and Oasis’s “Don’t Look Back in Anger.”
But before he and his band had Vanderbilt students singing about “the fighter of the night-man,” Portugal. The Man’s bassist and founding member, Zach Carothers, joined Heather Jackson, Meredith Mattlin, and myself inside WRVU studios to talk about his rap game, his stance on environmentalism, and most importantly his favorite places to eat.
Here’s an audio clip of our talk with Zach:
Additionally, check out this clip of Portugal. The Man covering “Day Man” as an intro to two of their own songs, “So American” and “People Say.”
At the end of every Vanderbilt academic year, on the verge of finals, anticipation starts to boil over for the annual Rites of Spring music festival. Recent years have seen EDM juggernauts, hip hop stars, and stadium rock bands alike take their shot at Alumni Lawn glory. So what has The Music Group brought us this year? We asked WRVU DJs for their favorite tracks from this year’s Rites artists, and here’s what they had to say.