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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.

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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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Lollapalooza Anounces 2014 Lineup

By Will Oliver, March 27th 2014

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The 2014 Lollapalooza lineup was announced yesterday, and it seems to be garnering some mixed reactions. Headlining the fest are Outkast (duh), Eminem, Kings Of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Lorde, The Avett Brothers and Foster The People. I can understand the disappointment. While it’s (of course) great to see Arctic Monkeys there, the rest of the list is pretty subpar.

From there, here are some artists listed that caught my eye: Interpol, Cut Copy, Portugal. The Man, Nas, Childish Gambino, Broken Bells, Spoon, Young The Giant, Lykke Li, Chance The Rapper, Phantogram, Grouplove, CHVRCHES, Chromeo, Darkside, The 1975, Jenny Lewis, Phosphorescent, The Temper Trap, Bombay Bicycle Club, White Denim, Typhoon, Warpaint, Kate Nash, Kodaline, Lucius, Blood Orange, Jagwar Ma, Parquet Courts, Temples, NoNoNo, Papa, The Districts, Ratking, The So So Glos,

While the headliners aren’t all that spectacular, the other acts playing the festival are solid. So basically the day section of Lollapalooza may be where the real action is.

Check out the full lineup with the photo above, or check out a day by day breakdown below.
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