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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.

Recap: Governors Ball 2017 [Day 2]

By Will Oliver, June 15th 2017

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After an exhausting but fun first day of Governors Ball, I grabbed my usual pregame fuel of a bacon egg and cheese and iced coffee and descended backed to the hollow grounds of Randalls Island for Day 2 of the festival.

(Car Seat Headrest)

What better way to start than to see a midday set from Car Seat Headrest. I saw them quite a few times over the past year (Bowery Ballroom in September ’16 being the last time) yet I’m still not tired of seeing Will Toledo and the rest of the band rock out.
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Preview: Governors Balls 2017

By Will Oliver, May 26th 2017

Believe it or not, the Governors Ball Music Festival is just around the corner, as in, one week away. While we are terribly excited and eager to get back onto the familiar stomping grounds of Randall’s Island, there also comes some preparation about who to see, especially with the set times for the festival shared.

Sure there are some real tough conflicts (Phoenix vs. Childish Gambino being the most brutal of them) but on the whole, I have most of my schedule made up and am ready to stick to it. That’s not to say that things can’t change, as that’s part of the fun of a festival, but for the most part I got a plan ready to go.

You don’t need me to tell you which headliner to see, as I’m sure your mind has been long made up since you hit “purchase tickets.” But the beauty of a music festival is the insane number of acts conveniently placed in one location. A lot of the best acts you’ll see may be the ones who you never heard of playing early in the day. Don’t be lazy and get there after a hard morning of pre-gaming. Instead, make the trip in early to catch some of these artists playing when the sun is still out and about.

I wanted to do my preview a little differently this year and take the time to highlight some artists playing earlier in the day that I think are worth the early trip in. Find the list posted below, along with a song from each artists embedded right after.
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Governors Ball 2017 Announces Set Times

By Will Oliver, May 18th 2017 — with 1 comment

With Governors Ball just a mere two weeks away, the festival has finally revealed the set times for this year’s edition of the festival. With so many artists that you want to see playing at the same place, there’s naturally going to be some rather unfortunate conflicts.

Here are some conflicts (at least in my mind) that will force some people to make some tough choices:
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Jacob Banks at Mercury Lounge (May 4, 2017)

By Will Oliver, May 16th 2017

Rising singer Jacob Banks was born in Nigeria, but now calls Britain home. Soon enough, his name will be one known in many more countries. Banks voice is a powerful weapon, one that doesn’t take long to impress. In fact, he became the first ever unsigned act to appear on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, and is already signed to Interscope Records, who released his new EP The Boy Who Cried Freedom in April, and will also release his debut album, due sometime this year.

Banks has stopped through these parts before as an opening act, but on May 4 he headlined a sold out Mercury Lounge, a show that apparently sold out in about 10 minutes flat. It didn’t take long for him to win over the packed crowd, stunning us with “Worthy,” a track that appeared in the soundtrack for the movie Beyond the Lights. Although all is going quite well for Banks, the man was remarkably humble throughout the show, seemingly impressed that he sold out a show in New York and grateful for all who showed up for him.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Albums Of 2016

By Will Oliver, January 31st 2017 — with 1 comment

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2016 was as busy as any other year in recent memory with the constant release of new albums. It seemed like every week we were bombarded with a surprise album drop from a big star, a long overdue follow-up, or promising debut album that came out of thin air. It was a bit overwhelming, but a damn good problem to have. We lost a few heroes in David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, but gained a few instant classics that served to preserve their memory with an amazing sendoff. Radiohead, A Tribe Called Quest, The Avalanches, and The Last Shadow Puppets all finally returned to us. Frank Ocean delivered not one, but two albums.

There was no shortage of music to be found, especially good music. Below, you can find 50 favorites from 2016, including a few honorable mentions. Believe it or not, there were albums I left off that I would’ve gladly liked to at least mention to you, as they’re all worth your time. That’s saying something.

Call it what you want, best, top or favorites. Either way, these were the 50 albums that helped me get through 2016.
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