Childish Gambino Is Playing Brooklyn Bowl Tonight

Nate "Igor" Smith
Donald "Childish Glover" Gambino at SXSW.
This just in from Brooklyn Bowl's Twitter feed: The special guest for tonight's Halloween extravaganza will be former Voice cover subject slash TV guy slash rap artist Donald Glover, a.k.a. Childish Gambino. He'll play all of his album CAMP at the show, which starts at 9 p.m.; tickets go on sale at the door at 6 p.m., with a $20-per-ticket cost (cash only) and a two-ticket-per-person limit.

You Better Work: 21 Music-Heavy Fashion's Night Out Events

Nicki Minaj performs at Yves Saint Laurent tonight.
Let's be honest: Shopping isn't really the main attraction of Fashion's Night Out. Who has time to sift through sales racks when there are so many parties to go to? Some events—Drake's DJ set at Versace, Neon Indian's invite-only gig at the Mondrian SoHo—will be trickier to get into than others, but fear not. We've scoured the internet and compiled a list of the best places to catch live music and indulge in light celeb-stalking, and they're all free.

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Live: Kid Cudi Is The Nightcap At Terminal 5

Bacardi "Like It Live" With Kid Cudi
Terminal 5
Monday, June 13

Better than: Sleeping. Just kidding!

The thought behind Bacardi's "Like It Live" marketing campaign is simple: if people "like" something on Facebook, they must love it in real life. So as soon as you put a bunch of "like"-able things in one big room—say, one the size of Terminal 5 —that event automatically becomes one to remember, a night that will never be topped.

But that's not true at all. You throw a bunch of shit together and you get a Turducken.

You "like" Playboy bunnies? They're having a pillow fight (sort of) in the middle of the crowd. You "like" video games? Here's an arcade in the entryway. You "like" basketball? The very-retired Allan Houston and Ron Harper are going to go on the roof and teach you how to hoop (assuming they remember)!

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A Delightfully Scatological Outtake from This Week's Cover Story, Starring Donald Glover and Writing Partner DC Pierson

For this week's cover story, Bill Jensen shadowed comedian/actor/emo rapper Donald Glover. For your enjoyment, we present this deleted scene.


Donald Glover is in Austin preparing to host the MTVu Woodies--an "awards" show which is really just an excuse to gather a bunch of bands and to represent MTV at SXSW. Glover has brought the shaggy-haired Pierson to be his writing partner and help him with the script for the one-hour show.

Foo Fighters are performing soundcheck, and Tyler from Odd Future just picked up a guy in a chicken suit onstage and slammed him to the ground, possibly breaking his arm.

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Live: Donald Glover Gets Emo as Childish Gambino During SXSW

photo by Nate "Igor" Smith

I Am Donald Tour (Donald Glover/Childish Gambino)
Red 7 in Austin (SXSW)
Saturday, March 19

Fuck Rap Cool.

If there was any message Childish Gambino, the rap alter ego of actor/improv comedian/joke writer Donald Glover, wanted to relay to the audience at Red 7, it was that.

Fuck Rap Cool.

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Download Childish Gambino's New Super-Serious EP, Freaks and Geeks

Today marks the release date for Freaks and Geeks, the new EP from Childish Gambino, the rapping persona of actor Donald Glover, he of Community and 30 Rock. Continuing in the vein of last summer's Culdesac, Glover has largely skewed away from the "joke rap" tag first foisted on him back when he was mostly rhyming over indie-rock songs. Instead, on this five-track release, he focuses on themes of isolation, the trappings of fame, and love and/or sex. Of course, "Cheezy" is still a comedian at heart, but he has some seriously intense moments here nonetheless: "I wanna pick up the phone/Ask my dad how to handle it/ But what will happen when my dad's not there to answer it?" he asks on the opening track, "Be Alone." One track later, of course, he's using e.e. cummings' name as a crude punchline. Which is what's known in Hollywood as "range."

Download: Childish Gambino - Freaks and Geeks

While you're here, make sure to check out the one-take video for the title track:

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