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Childish Gambino at Firefly Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, July 7th 2014 — with 1 comment

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The final set I caught at Firefly 2014 came from Childish Gambino, otherwise known as actor/comedian Donald Glover (Troy on Community). After Broken Bells, a wave of teenagers came shoving towards the front as if is was a matter of life and death. I contemplated sticking around, but the crowd became too intense that I determined it simply wasn’t worth being uncomfortable for the final set of a long weekend. I made my way back and watched the show from afar, still able to take things in just fine.

As a rapper Gambino is a completely different person to the character Glover played on Community, an alter-ego of sorts. He has a handle over his audience, who absolutely love him. The young crowd was mirroring his behavior, screaming every word right back at him. While I did enjoy the set fine enough, I am quite surprised at how big of a following – and how passionate – that he has developed. Don’t get me wrong, Gambino puts on a fun show, but I was just taken aback at just how crazy his fans got. I didn’t realize how big he has gotten.
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Childish Gambino, a.k.a. Donald Glover from Community (well not really anymore, sigh) has released a 24-minute short film titled “Clapping For The Wrong Reasons” The film was directed by Hiro Murai, and features appearances from Flying Lotus, Chance The Rapper, Trinidad James, actress Danielle Fishel (Topanga from Boy Meets World) and porn star Abella Anderson.

It’s a very interesting watch, with a lot of stuff happening that will need to be looked at carefully and analyzed. I will say this, I fucking envy the life of Donald Glover if that’s really where he is. Clearly, I need to step up my game.

Watch “Clapping For The Wrong Reasons” below.

Childish Gambino – All The Shine

By Will Oliver, October 14th 2011 — with 3 comments

Call me a Donald Glover fan. I’m absolutely glued to Community large in part to his role as Troy. You can also call me a Childish Gambino fan. Mr. Rogo was always pumping his stuff around our house last year, and I couldn’t ignore just how refreshing of a rapper Donald is as Childish Gambino.

On November 15 Childish Gambino will release his new album Camp. “All The Shine” is the newest cut from the album, and what a cut it is. Donald adds a fresh spin to hip hop and makes it somewhat emotional all at once. As you already know, he’s also pretty funny (that Mumford line).

“All The Shine” is going to be on repeat all weekend.

Best Songs of 2016: Anthony’s Picks

By Anthony Bauer, January 22nd 2017

It’s safe to say that 2016 was a pretty weird year, but one thing we can all agree on is just how crazy of a year it was for music.  From the highly anticipated to the complete out of nowhere surprise drops, the year truly didn’t disappoint at all.  We finally got that Radiohead album we were all clamoring for and even got some releases we weren’t expecting to see in 2016 (we’re looking at you, SchmilcoAbandoned Mansion, Epoch and Run The Jewls 3).

There were so many great releases that it was difficult keeping up with all of them, which was literally half the battle.  You’ll notice that some artists I chose multiple songs which is not a mistake, its 100% on purpose.  There were certain songs from certain artists off of certain albums that just were just so good that I couldn’t not include them.

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Governors Ball 2017 Announces Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 4th 2017

We may be only a few days into the new year but that means it’s time for all the music festivals to reveal their 2017 lineups. Here in New York there’s quite a few festivals starting to emerge, but there’s only one that we have relied on year in and year out: Governors Ball.

They’ve announced this year’s edition of the festival (at Randall’s Island as usual), and it’s as varied and eclectic of a mix as ever. Headlining the festival is Tool, Chance The Rapper, Phoenix, and Childish Gambino. Then you got Lorde, Flume, Wu-Tang Clan, Wiz Khalifa, Logic, Cafe The Elephant, and Mark Ronson vs Kevin Parker. From there, highlights include Beach House, Schoolboy Q, Air, The Avalanches, Franz Ferdinand, Phantogram, The Head and the Heart, Banks, Local Natives, Mac DeMarco, Parquet Courts, Royal Blood, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Danny Brown, Michael Kiwanuka, Warpaint, Car Seat Headrest, The Range, The Orwells, Ron Gallo, and even former BBC radio host Zane Lowe.

We’ve been covering Governors Ball every year since the second edition, and are excited to hopefully return this year to see what new memories this years edition of the festival brings. Tickets for the festival go on sale this Friday at noon, with early bird pricing starting at $275.

See you at Randall’s Island this summer!
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Passion Pit at Kings Theatre (May 11, 2015)

By Will Oliver, May 12th 2015

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The newly restored Kings Theatre wouldn’t have been my first guess for the New York live return of Passion Pit, who last played New York in September 2013 (and who I last saw at Governors Ball 2012). But then again, this is a band that has constantly rose above their given expectations, they did play Madison Square Garden after all.

The night was also a series of fresh starts, both for the beautiful revamped Kings Theatre, and Passion Pit. Gone completely are all the fresh-faced members of the band’s original lineup. Only founder and brainchild Michael Angelakos remains. Joining him for the Kindred-era of Passion Pit are Giuliano Pizzulo (of Incan Abraham), Pete Carafella (of Supersystem and Shy Child), and Ray Suen and Chris Hartz (who both play in Childish Gambino’s band). This was a jarring discovery, as I had become so accustomed to the previous installment of Passion Pit whose members I also associated with the band, even if the group has always been Angelakos at the end of the day.

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This year was my first trip to Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival, and I certainly hope it won’t be my last. The experience was great, I had a great time with good friends, met some great people, and saw some great bands play. For those of you who have never been, it’s basically an Easy Coast version of Bonnaroo. You camp out over four days and take in lots of music across a bunch of huge fields. Although its a rather large scale festival, it has some intimate aspects to it that make it feel accessible in ways.

The highlight of the fest came in many shapes and forms, from the reunited Outkast, to the mega-rock sets from Arctic Monkeys, Weezer, and Foo Fighters. Local Natives proved that they are on their way up with a huge performance, and tUnE-yArDs still have me reeling with how great they were.

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