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D.C. rapper Goldlink was the headline for this year's Spring Fling concert. Nicole Radivilov | Hatchet Staff Photographer

D.C. rapper Goldlink was the headline for this year’s Spring Fling concert. Nicole Radivilov | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Callan Tansill-Suddath.

The removal of Action Bronson as this Spring Fling’s headliner provided a perfect opportunity to showcase three local acts.

Although the crowd was thinner during the first two opening acts than in past years, the energy picked up as headliner Goldlink took to the stage for his hour-long set.

The rapper and D.C.-native sported a vintage Washington Bullets basketball jersey while hypnotizing the crowd with remixes of classic songs such as House of Pain’s “Jump Around” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” He also played a number of his own tracks including the crowdpleaser, “Spectrum” off of his 2015 album “And After That, We Didn’t Talk.”

Goldlink was impressive in his originality during his freestyles – his creativity shone through when he meshed his fast, free-flowing rhymes with music from different genres. Not to mention his vocals sounded the same both live and on recorded tracks.

Before the headlining act, the crowd was sparse with about 80 students in U-Yard and only about 15 to 20 people dancing at any given time. The area around the stage quickly filled up with people for Goldlink’s set, many of whom were wearing glowsticks from Program Board.

Student DJ Lean Quatifah kicked off the concert with a two-hour set of continuous, high-energy remixes. He was followed by fellow local DJ Manila Killa, a senior at George Mason University, for another hour of music including mixes of “Roses” by The Chainsmokers and his debut original track, “All That’s Left.”

Student DJ Lean Quatifah performed a one-hour set. Quatifah is known for the colorful stickers he posts around campus. Nicole Radivilov | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Student DJ Lean Quatifah performed a one-hour set. Quatifah is known for the colorful stickers he posts around campus. Nicole Radivilov | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Vendors at this year’s event featured many familiar faces from years past including The 9:30 Club, who hosted a raffle for tickets to future shows such as The Sweetlife Festival on May 14. Domino’s Pizza and Coca Cola were responsible for the food and drinks. Other attractions included an inflatable challenge course and baseball pitching tent.

One noticeable change to this year’s Spring Fling was the absence of free shirts, arguably the most popular part of the festival in past years.

Program Board member Rob Todaro said that although the shirts were ordered, the Program Board decided not to distribute them because they listed Action Bronson’s name on the back as the headliner. Instead, the shirts will be donated. Todaro is a former Hatchet columnist.

Despite the controversy leading up to the concert, the event attracted students from every grade. Freshman Madeleine Pye was very pleased with her first Spring Fling experience.

“I thought it was great, I loved Lean Quatifah and Manilla Killas sets,” Pye said. “Goldlink had really great energy. Overall, great music.”

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Thursday, March 31, 2016 4:12 p.m.

A Day in Music

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Callan Tansill-Suddath.

Now that Action Bronson will no longer be performing at Spring Fling, take some time today to study up on the remaining two acts:

Lean Quatifah
Even if you have not heard his music, you have more than likely seen his name on the back of a stop sign or on a laptop around campus. Student DJ Lean Quatifah has spent years building his brand in the District.

The producer, who prefers to maintain a level of anonymity, creates diverse music with some tracks that mesh fast-paced house with hip hop (like on his remix of “Yeye” by Aminé) and others that utilize soft synthesizers for a more laid-back sound (“Daydreaming”).

Whatever Quatifah chooses to play during his set on Saturday is sure to be solid – he is setting a new, exciting precedent for the music scene in the District.

Quatifah is scheduled to open the show at 4 p.m.

Goldlink

The music of D.C.-native Goldlink echoes many of the R&B greats of past eras (Earth, Wind & Fire and Marvin Gaye come to mind), but he also brings an inventive and exciting sound. Though technically classified as a rapper, Goldlink’s ability to combine the sounds of many genres on one track shows how multilayered he is as an artist.

With emotional and open lyrics, Goldlink knows how to produce music in a way that makes you want to dance no matter what is being said – which he does on his song “Unique,” featuring Anderson .Paak.

On “Divine,” Goldlink partners with fellow DMV-native, Kali Uchis, for a track with jazzy vocals, a fast-paced beat and a Southern bounce.

Goldlink is set to perform at 6 p.m.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016 9:45 a.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Julia Korsyn.

This weekend enjoy some comedy, the last of the cherry blossom bloom and sumo wrestling.

Friday

Clayton English

The “Last Comic Standing” winner covers everything from smoking weed to dealing with the police during his act.

DC Improv. 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 9:45 p.m. $22.

NYX’s first storefront grand opening

Makeup gurus rejoice: The first NYX makeup store is opening this weekend at Tysons Corner Mall this weekend. The store’s grand opening will last all weekend. To celebrate its first storefront, NYX will give away some free goodies, like makeup bags, and will offer shoppers the chance to win a $100 NYX shopping spree.

Tysons Corner Mall. 1961 Chain Bridge Rd. Opens 10 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday

Blossom Kite Festival

You don’t have to be stop celebrating cherry blossom season just yet. The Blossom Kite Festival will showcase a variety of kites from U.S. kite-makers and fliers, as well as international participants. The event is free and you can even bring your own kite to fly. If you don’t have one, don’t worry – you can stop by a kite-making station at the festival.

Washington Monument. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free.

Spring Fling

Don’t miss Program Board’s annual event to kick off spring featuring musicians Action Bronson, GoldLink and Lean Quatifah.

University Yard, H St. between 20th and 21st St. NW. 6 p.m. Free for students.

Sunday

Sumo wrestling

If you have ever wanted to witness sumo wrestling in the flesh, this weekend is your chance. Famous sumo wrestling champions Yama, Byamba and Takeshi are coming to the District to show off their sumo skills.

North End Shaw. 945 Florida Ave. NW, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016 10:17 a.m.

White House Easter Egg Roll 2016

More than 35,000 people visited the White House for the 138th annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday. Special guests included Idinza Menzel, Shaquille O’Neal, and Beyonce. This was the Obama family’s last Easter Egg Roll.

Video by Deepa Shivaram

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The Bohemian Caverns, a D.C. jazz club, held their final concert on Sunday. Regina Park | Hatchet Staff Photographer.

The Bohemian Caverns, a D.C. jazz club, held their final concert on Sunday. Regina Park | Hatchet Staff Photographer.

When the final swinging note was played and the Young Lions put down their instruments for the last time, the Bohemian Caverns erupted into earth-shaking applause. Tears were shed. Backs were clapped. The Bohemian Caverns closed their final set in a celebration, not in a funeral.

With one last hurrah on Sunday, the Bohemian Caverns closed their doors due to financial troubles after a ten years of fostering local D.C. jazz talent. The band and a dozen of guest musicians played to a family of jazz lovers for a memorable closing night.

The Bohemian Caverns was a small space, made all the more intimate by the cramped standing area near the bar and the low-hanging “rock” ceiling. Everything from the stalactites to the bumpy pillars were painted in earthy browns and grays, although some of the paint had chipped away with age.

“The Last Hang” started a little after 9 p.m. to a room of about 40 people. Patrons continued filing in long after the first set was underway.

It was a concert like no other: The front tables were reserved by jazz musicians from all walks of life, and after one quadruplet played, other “cats” were called up by name. Musicians improvised classics that the audience recognized as time-honored favorites.

“It’s all improv, but everybody knows the tunes,” Pete Muldoon, a jazz guitarist who attended the final concert, said. “They can harmonize off the beat.”

The first set started off strong, with the musicians feeding off the applause and spiraling faster and faster into dizzying riffs, while the audience whooped ever louder in a frenzied cycle.

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Friday, March 25, 2016 11:57 a.m.

Action Bronson to headline Spring Fling

Action Bronson will headline Spring Fling on April 2 with opener GoldLink.

The Eastern European rapper and occassional chef, who hosts his own food show “F*CK THAT’S DELICIOUS” on Viceland, released his first major label album “Mr. Wonderful” in 2015.

You might have also caught his singe “Baby Blue” featuring Chance the Rapper.

His opener GoldLink is a young rapper from the District who released his debut album “And After That, We Didn’t Talk” in 2015 to a rave review on Pitchfork.

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Brace yourselves, West Coasters: Philz Coffee is coming to the District.

The San Francisco-based institution is bringing its “slow coffee” philosophy to 1827 Adams Mill Road NW this Saturday, with its second D.C. storefront opening in The Yards shortly after.

Philz’s Adams Morgan location will be the first store to open outside of California.

Philz is a legendary West Coast brand that is getting ready to take the East Coast by storm. Philz Coffee uses over 30 in-house coffee blends to brew every cup. Phil Jaber, the founder of the coffee company, individually created every blend.

Instead of a grande caramel frappuccino, try a “Tantalizing Turkish,” made with cardamom, maple and herbs or an “Ambrosia Coffee of God” with berry, earthy and toasty flavors. If you’re more of a tea-lover, try the “Istanbul Treat” or “Philz Fresh Chai,” both of which are topped with Philz’s signature mint leaf.

Philz is making its arrival in the midst of a third-wave coffee revolution in the District, where coffee chains are slowly being replaced by smaller artisan shops. It remains to be seen whether Philz’s motto, “Once Cup at a Time,” will successfully bring the customized coffee mentality to fast-paced D.C. life.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 11:10 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Catherine Moran.

Celebrate the first full week of spring, the start of the Cherry Blossom Festival and Easter by getting outdoors for some festive music, food and fun this weekend.

Friday

Ninth annual Eggstravaganza

Hop into spring with an egg hunt on the South Lawn of a historic home in Georgetown and enjoy an afternoon touring the mansion’s elegant gardens.

Tudor Place. 1644 31st St. NW. 10 a.m. $5.

Saturday

Cherry-filled doughnuts

Are you ready for this? For just $3.25, pick up a cherry-filled vanilla doughnut topped with a cherry blossom design and vanilla bean cream cheese glaze. This monthly special, appropriately dubbed the “cherry blossom,” will get your mouth watering in no time. Take advantage of the online order option and get doughnuts delivered straight to the door of your residence hall.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken. 1308 G St. NW.

Sunday

Cherry blossom-inspired sushi

Enjoy a Japanese sushi hand roll ($5.40) filled with tofu, pickled watermelon radish and cherry-infused vinegar rice wrapped up in a pink soy sheet. The cherry blossom-themed sushi is available through May.

Maki Shop. 1522 14th St. NW.

Gin Wigmore with Matt Santos

Get ready to party all night with folk-rock from Wigmore’s explosive 2015 album “Blood to Bone.” The New Zealand singer-songwriter is known for her high, raspy voice. Be sure to check out her song “New Rush.”

9:30 Club. 1115 U St. NW. 7 p.m. $20.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 11:10 p.m.

A Day in Music: spring playlist

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Callan Tansill-Suddath.

With the long-awaited peak bloom of D.C.’s iconic cherry blossoms this week, today’s list channels the mood of the city during perhaps the most picturesque time of year: spring.

Corinne Bailey Rae – “Green Aphrodisiac”

“Laying in the grass in the afternoon, something kind of magical in sunlight/ Flowers uncurl in the garden: It’s springtime.”

In her latest release, mellow and jazzy Corrine Bailey Rae perfectly captures what it’s like to lie in the soft grass of the National Mall on a warm spring day. This flirty ode to spring is sure to give you spring fever in the unlikely event you do not have it already.

“Japanese Wallpaper” – Forces, ft. Airling (Teen Daze remix)

With it’s laid-back rhythm, serene metronome-like percussion and the sound of birds chirping in the background, this track is without a doubt a perfect soundtrack for spring. Not to mention, the D.C. cherry blossoms originate in Japan, so the title of the song is fitting.

Girlpool – “Chinatown”

Between classes beginning to wrap up and spring break ending, this season is a time of year for new beginnings. “Chinatown,” off the 20-something California duo Girlpool’s sophomore album, captures much of what it feels like to be a young person in the city. The hypnotizing, simple acoustic guitar and girlish vocals will put you in a serene mood.

Esperanza Spalding – “Ebony and Ivy”

“It’s been hard to grow outside but we’re finally happy/ We’re the sage on the mountain now.”

Since upsetting 13-year-old girls everywhere with her Grammy win over Justin Bieber in 2011 for Best New Artist, Esperanza Spalding has been a force to be reckoned with while simultaneously staying out of the spotlight. That is how she likes it. In her new album, “Emily’s D + Evolution,” released March 6, Spalding channels artists like Michael Jackson, Janelle Monae and Fiona Apple to create a soulful collection of songs that will empower you to accomplish your goals – and those final papers coming up.

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Friday, March 18, 2016 5:48 p.m.

Insomnia Cookies is coming to town

This summer you’ll have a new destination to get your fill of warm, fresh-baked cookies and ice cream sandwiches.

Insomnia Cookies will open up a storefront in Adams Morgan, Washington City Paper reported. Insomnia Cookies began at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003 and now has more than 65 locations.

If you’re sick of the cookie variety at Captain Cookie, Insomnia has new flavors like Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup ($2.95), S’mores ($2.95), White Chocolate Macadamia Nut ($1.45) and Double Chocolate Mint ($1.45). A pack of six of the $1.45 variety cookies will run you $6 and a box of 12 costs $15.

Insomnia Cookies will also serve 10-inch cookie cakes ($19) for all your celebration needs and brownies for $2.95 if you’re really just sick of cookies.

If you don’t feel like heading all the way to Adams Morgan to try out the new sweets, Insomnia is offering delivery until 3 a.m. every day.

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