Finding your perfect spring break concert

Lauren McCarthy

As spring break quickly approaches, Villanova students are preparing for their tropical getaways with as much, if not more, dedication than they are for their midterms. Lines at the Davis Center are growing and IK wraps are left untouched as everyone gets ready for a week of fun, friends and of course, bikini weather.  

However, if you are the only one of your friends not jetting off to paradise for the week, do not fear. With a number of big names hitting all the major cities (New York, Boston, Philadelphia, etc.) during spring break, you’ll quickly become the envy of all your friends, who will probably come back with a sunburn anyway. 

So feel free to eat that extra brownie, because all your spring break preparation takes is the click of a mouse.

English alternative-rock band Muse had a huge year in 2009 with the release of its fifth studio album, “The Resistance,” which reached No. 3 on the American charts. This is an amazing feat considering Muse produced the album itself, a first for the band.

 The band has just recently been announced as the main headliner for the second night of the Coachella music festival that will take place this April in California. Other headliners include Jay-Z, Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem, Thom Yorke, Pavement and many more.

 However, before leading this impressive lineup, the band will embark on an extensive tour of the country, starting in Fairfax, Va. on March 1. 

This is perfect timing for spring-breakers, as the band will be hitting Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York City and Boston consecutively, starting March 2. 

Still not sold? The opening band is Silversun Pickups, the California based indie-alternative band that was just nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy’s. 

If you’re in the mood for something a little more intimate, then Rogue Wave’s spring tour might be just what you are looking for. 

Rogue Wave may be most popular for its catchy 2007 single, “Lake Michigan,” or perhaps their penchant for showing up on multiple soundtracks for “The OC.” 

With the March 2 release of its fourth album, “Permalight,” just around the corner, the band is going on the road to show everyone just what  it has to offer. 

Rogue Wave will hit college student -friendly venues, such as Philadelphia’s First Unitarian Church and Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg, to ensure that you feel close to the band, as well as the bearded dude standing next to you.  

As an added bonus, all shows are 18 and older, so your little sister will just have to stay home and watch MTVU.

Want to try something new to impress all your friends after break? 

Philadelphia’s own RJD2 will put on a show so unique that your stories will have your friends forgetting that they were on a beach for the week.  RJD2 is the stage name of Ramble John “RJ” Krohn, a producer, singer and musician. 

In addition to producing tracks for artists such as Cage, MF DOOM, Diverse and Aceyalone, RJD2 has released four of his own albums, including 2009’s three-disc “The Colossus.” 

RJD2 is labeled under the genre of “hip-hop electronica rock,” essentially meaning that his creations are their own genre.

 Still confused? You’ll simply have to check out one of RJD2’s live shows, which are known to turn into giant dance parties, when he stops in Philadelphia, New York City and Boston over break.