Spring Fling 2009: CLIPSE

The first confirmed act for Spring Fling this year is CLIPSE.

Confirmed by Myspace, which has them performing at Wesleyan University on the 6th of May this year, two weeks after they’re at Coachella.

So we’ve got a big rap act down. Based on previous years I would still expect another headlining act with indie cred, and a smaller opening act with indie cred… which doesn’t usefully narrow the field of existing artists.

Grainy two-year-old footage of the Clipse:

Although, anonymous respondent #21 on this ACB thread claimed earlier today that the full lineup will have King Khan and the Shrines joining Clipse and SONIC YOUTH (!!!), which would fit the established pattern and be fantastic. But Clipse is the only one of those confirmed so far, so as of now this excellent lineup is an only partially substantiated rumor.

Sonic Youth’s official site has the band booked through May, although there is a conspicuous gap between their shows in Luxembourg on April 26th and Brooklyn on May 16th. It’s possible that they could make it to Middletown halfway between those dates.

King Khan and company also have a May 6th gap on their itinerary – they’re in New York on the 3rd of that month, and in Boston on the 7th, so a stop at Wesleyan the day before the latter date is feasible.

But this is unsubstantiated! In the meantime, keep speculating. Post rumors/further substantiation as you wish.

64 thoughts on “Spring Fling 2009: CLIPSE

  1. Anonymous

    guess what, idiots, spring fling will always be “indie” until the sbc coughs up $100,000 (which they basically do for senior cocktails…wait, why?). with $40k for three acts, they will never be hugely famous. but then again if clipse and sonic youth are “indie” to you, you should probably get tickets for dave matthews

  2. Anonymous

    guess what, idiots, spring fling will always be “indie” until the sbc coughs up $100,000 (which they basically do for senior cocktails…wait, why?). with $40k for three acts, they will never be hugely famous. but then again if clipse and sonic youth are “indie” to you, you should probably get tickets for dave matthews

  3. Anonymous

    Re: John Darnielle playing in shitty bars/clubs.I’ve never seen the goats in such an environment. Granted, pre-4AD (maybe pre-sunset tree?) he probably played them all the time (and maybe still does on the occasions he performs solo) but I get the impression the goats as a trio don’t do much bar gigging these days. Granted I’ve only seen them twice, and only on the last two tours, but on both occasions they were legit concert venues and totally packed. Plus I’m pretty sure there would be plenty of drunken wes kids singing along, I know I’d be.

  4. Anonymous

    Re: John Darnielle playing in shitty bars/clubs.

    I’ve never seen the goats in such an environment. Granted, pre-4AD (maybe pre-sunset tree?) he probably played them all the time (and maybe still does on the occasions he performs solo) but I get the impression the goats as a trio don’t do much bar gigging these days. Granted I’ve only seen them twice, and only on the last two tours, but on both occasions they were legit concert venues and totally packed.

    Plus I’m pretty sure there would be plenty of drunken wes kids singing along, I know I’d be.

  5. Anonymous

    “I didn’t even know who GZA was until last year, and neither did most of my friends back home when I asked them. Some people just don’t know/care much about that type of music.”It’s fucking GZA! I cannot imagine what you and your friends must listen to.

  6. Anonymous

    “I didn’t even know who GZA was until last year, and neither did most of my friends back home when I asked them. Some people just don’t know/care much about that type of music.”

    It’s fucking GZA! I cannot imagine what you and your friends must listen to.

  7. Anonymous

    I don’t think John Darnielle often performs at venues like “Foss Hill”… The ‘Goats thrive on shitty bars and clubs where everyone sings alone drunkenly with them.Interesting suggestion though.

  8. Anonymous

    I don’t think John Darnielle often performs at venues like “Foss Hill”… The ‘Goats thrive on shitty bars and clubs where everyone sings alone drunkenly with them.

    Interesting suggestion though.

  9. Anonymous

    I didn’t even know who GZA was until last year, and neither did most of my friends back home when I asked them. Some people just don’t know/care much about that type of music.

  10. Anonymous

    I didn’t even know who GZA was until last year, and neither did most of my friends back home when I asked them. Some people just don’t know/care much about that type of music.

  11. Anonymous

    As a senior, I just finally want a band I can brag to my friends at other schools about (though Andrew WK was pretty fucking great). I can definitely brag about Sonic Youth, so I hope the rumours are true!

  12. Anonymous

    As a senior, I just finally want a band I can brag to my friends at other schools about (though Andrew WK was pretty fucking great). I can definitely brag about Sonic Youth, so I hope the rumours are true!

  13. Anonymous

    Why doesn’t someone just call up John Darnielle every year and beg him until he brings the Mountain Goats up here? I bet with enough effort he could be convinced, and I don’t get the impression that he’d dent wesleyans wallet that much. I just feel like the people searching out these bands don’t have that good a feel for the music demographics at wesleyan. Sure, some people are really into rap/hip-hop, but what about those stereotypical indie kids who just want someone in tight jeans with a guitar? I am not so excited by this rap offering. Aesop Rock + Mountain Goats would have been the ideal hip-hop indie combo.Proof? It is here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrsj653088E

  14. Anonymous

    Why doesn’t someone just call up John Darnielle every year and beg him until he brings the Mountain Goats up here? I bet with enough effort he could be convinced, and I don’t get the impression that he’d dent wesleyans wallet that much. I just feel like the people searching out these bands don’t have that good a feel for the music demographics at wesleyan. Sure, some people are really into rap/hip-hop, but what about those stereotypical indie kids who just want someone in tight jeans with a guitar?

    I am not so excited by this rap offering. Aesop Rock + Mountain Goats would have been the ideal hip-hop indie combo.
    Proof? It is here:

  15. Anonymous

    10:53 — What other schools with smaller budgets are getting mainstream, famous bands?I’ve heard a lot about Sonic Youth. Hope it happens!

  16. Anonymous

    10:53 — What other schools with smaller budgets are getting mainstream, famous bands?

    I’ve heard a lot about Sonic Youth. Hope it happens!

  17. Anonymous

    why cant we ever get a famous band? other schools with smaller budgets seem to do it, but we always go for the “indie” stuff.scared to be at all mainstream?

  18. Anonymous

    why cant we ever get a famous band? other schools with smaller budgets seem to do it, but we always go for the “indie” stuff.

    scared to be at all mainstream?

  19. E. Goldstein

    Haha whoever you are, 2:22am, you’re two things:1) Obviously on the SBC/someone in the Administration who wants to keep it a secret.2) Wrong. Sonic Youth IS the headliner.This is the truth. You can’t stop the signal.

  20. E. Goldstein

    Haha whoever you are, 2:22am, you’re two things:

    1) Obviously on the SBC/someone in the Administration who wants to keep it a secret.
    2) Wrong. Sonic Youth IS the headliner.

    This is the truth. You can’t stop the signal.

  21. Anonymous

    clipse is the headliner. there is no one else. what can we say? the economy sucks. sorry guys, no other “headlining act with indie cred.” sonic youth is totally false…

  22. Anonymous

    clipse is the headliner. there is no one else. what can we say? the economy sucks.

    sorry guys, no other “headlining act with indie cred.” sonic youth is totally false…

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