Childish Gambino takes Philly to church

Childish Gambino | photo by Greg Noire | courtesy of the artist

If you were at the Childish Gambino concert this past Tuesday, then you might agree that it felt like a Wednesday night church service. Not in the sense that they were worshiping the rapper persona of actor Donald Glover (though there was probably some of that), but more in the energy he brought to the stage. His Philly fans packing the Wells Fargo Center came alive the way folks  might react after hearing a choir and their band go off for hours, and Deacon Gambino lifted their spirits to the stratosphere.

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Before he says goodbye to Childish Gambino, Donald Glover will bring Awaken My Love to the Wells Fargo Center

Donald Glover | photo via

2018 is going to be a major year for Donald Glover. With the recent premiere of Atlanta, Glover signed a new record deal with RCA Records and announced a North American Tour for his music-alter ego Childish Gambino with the hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, best known for their hit “Black Beatles.” The fall itinerary is set to kick off in Glover’s hometown Atlanta, September 6th, and hitting other 12 cities including Philadelphia, September 18th at the Wells Fargo Center.

Last year during his performance at the Governors Ball in NYC, the multi talented Glover announced that his 2016 LP Awaken, My Love!  would mark the retirement of his moniker. At the 2018 Grammys in January, he confirmed with reporters that he will stand by his decision to bring the curtains down on Childish Gambino after 10 years. The ever-growing artist has made a name for himself in every area of the entertainment industry as a rapper, writer, actor, comedian, and director. The Grammy-winning R&B artist started off writing for the American sitcom “30 Rock” then released a comedy special on Netflix called “Donald Glover: Weirdo”. Afterwards, the R&B artist started acting, starring in TV series and films such as Community in 2009 and Magic Mike XXL in 2015. Now, he is directing his own television series, the acclaimed Atlanta, which is on FXX.   Continue reading →


Born entertainer Childish Gambino gives a steller performance at the Electric Factory

Childish Gambino | Photo by Rachel Barrish |

Donald Glover is a man of many traits; an actor, a comedian, a writer, but this night he was his musical moniker, Childish Gambino. The Electric Factory was packed with eager fans anticipating what was sure to be an epic performance. The background was lit with a twitter feed where fans could type in anything and it would pop up on screen which ensued hilarity and a lot of sexual innuendos.

With no opening act, only a DJ that played 90’s hip hop singles like “Hot in Herre” and “MotownPhilly”, the crowd was getting antsy. Especially when there was a dropped phone call over the loud speakers that beeped for a few minutes before Gambino finally entered the stage.

Ok, so I haven’t really been to many hip hop shows, with the exception of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at the Roots Picnic last year. So in my head all I picture is the main rapper and DJ in the background. That was not the case here, the stage was packed with instrumentalists from a keyboardist, two guitarists, a DJ, a drummer, and probably a few others. Not to mention his posse of folks just chillin’ in the back on couches. The backgrounds were stellar, they included a house with windows , crazy blue and white surging lightning bolts, and an outdoor bonfire.

Gambino gave a strong performance and commanded the audience with rap ballads and power chords featuring thoughtful lyrics about racism, politics, family, and love.

He belted out tunes from his latest LP, Because the Internet as well as a few numbers from his previous, Camp and ended the night with a special freestyle with fellow artist, Steve G Lover.

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Childish Gambino to bring Deep Web tour to Electric Factory 3/28

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Multi-talented rapper Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover, star of NBC’s Community) is headed out on a North American tour in support of his latest release Because the Internet. Creatively enough, the new LP is actually a soundtrack to the same-titled screenplay Gambino wrote about Rick Ross’s fictional son and his struggles in the shadow of fame. The tale comes to life for local fans on March 28th at the Electric Factory. Get tickets here and watch his latest video for the infectious “3005” below.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Childish Gambino and Chill Moody at Great Plaza, Sebadoh at Union Transfer, The Internet at the Barbary, and Carbon Leaf at Musikfest

Childish Gambino, the stage name of multi-talented rapper/actor/writer/comedian Donald Glover, will be making a stop in Philly on his Camp Tour tonight. The show, which takes place at 7:30PM at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, features a performance by Philly hip-hop artist Chill Moody. Tickets are available for $47.35 here. Watch Childish Gambino’s VMA-nominated music video “Bonfire” in the player below.

Sebadoh, one of the early pioneers of lo-fi indie rock who formed back in 1986, are coming to Union Transfer tonight. After going on hiatus, the band reunited in 2007 and have since been touring and released Secret EP on their Bandcamp page. The EP is available for digital download and physical copies are only available at shows on current tour. Opening up the show will be Sebadoh/Dinosaur Jr.‘s Lou Barlow performing a solo set and two-piece bass and drums duo from members of Sebadoh and the Fiery Furnaces, Circle of Buzzards. Doors open at 8PM and the show starts at 9PM. Tickets are available here for $16. Listen to Sebadoh’s Secret EP in the player below and, if you like what you hear, make sure to snatch up a limited edition physical copy at the show tonight.

The Internet is an electro hip-hop duo consisting of DJ/singer/producer Syd tha Kyd and producer Matt Martians of OFWGKTA. The show tonight with Kilo Kish was originally scheduled to take place at Johnny Brenda’s, but was recently relocated to The Barbary. The show is now all ages and tickets purchased through Johnny Brenda’s will be honored. Doors open at 7PM and the show starts at 7:30PM. Tickets can be purchased for $13 here.

Finally, indie rock band Carbon Leaf is playing a free show at Musikfest’s The Morning Call Plaza Tropical at Main and Spring Streets in Bethlehem, PA tonight at 6:30PM. For more info on the show, visit the Musikfest event page here. Watch the band’s music video for “Life Less Ordinary” in the player below.


Download “A Tribe Called Nice Things,” a new track from Chill Moody (opening for Childish Gambino next week)

Chill Moody | Photo by Kate Bracaglia

We’re big enthusiasts of A Tribe Called Quest here at The Key, so as you can imagine, we’re all kinds of geeking out over Chill Moody‘s latest single, “A Tribe Called Nice Things.” Premiered earlier today on hip-hop blog Ashley Outrageous, the song grabs an opening loop from “Scenario,” the middle section pulls from “Can I Kick It” (which, in its own brilliant way, pulled from Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side”) then we’re into a bit of “Award Tour,” closing out on “Electric Relaxation.” There might even be more that I’m not hearing off the top – producer JoeLogic has a lot going on, in the best way – the track is rich, awesome and enjoyable. If you’re hearing Tribe samples that we’re not, let us know in the comments – and catch Chill Moody in concert when he opens for Childish Gambino at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing next Tuesday, Aug. 7.


Childish Gambino releases new mixtape, playing Penn’s Landing in August (rescheduled show)

Rapper/actor Childish Gambino released a new mixtape today that you can download here. The mixtape features appearances from RZA, Ghostface Killah, ScHoolboy Q, AB-Soul, Bun B Danny Brown, Nipsey Hussle. and Bun B. Gambino’s scheduled show at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on June 22nd was postponed due to rain. The new date is Tuesday, August 7th. Tickets for the June 22nd show will be honored. Go here for information about the rescheduled show.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Turning Violet Violet, Greg Laswell, Childish Gambino w/ Danny Brown & Wigwams

Tonight we celebrate the variety of music that is being held in Philadelphia, both by genre and locale. The Fishtown indie / chamber fivesome, Turning Violet Violet released their record Double Cure in May and we were lucky enough to do a Key Studio Session with them around the same time. The album was recorded, produced, engineered and mixed by Jon Low and Brian McTear at Miner Street Recording. John Vettese, writing about the record, said: “The album’s thundering percussion and thrilling crescendos create a immediate sense of urgency, heightened by lyrics that long for simpler times in the face of an uncertain future. Meanwhile, the playing and arrangements sound like exactly what they are: the work of five skilled and studied musicians who are just as epic performing live as they are on record.” They play tonight with The Deer Tracks and Nouela at 9:15 PM at Johnny Brenda’s, tickets are $10 and the show is 21+.

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Singer-songwriter Greg Laswell plays with Elizabeth & The Catapult at World Cafe Live Upstairs at 8PM. His new compilation of songs is entitled LandlineGo here to purchase tickets to the all ages show. Below, listen to the song “Landline” that he did with Ingrid Michaelson for the album

Childish Gambino, better known as Donald Glover from the hit NBC comedy, “Community”, performs tonight with Danny Brown at River Stage at Great Plaza-Penn’s Landing. Show starts at 7:30PM, tickets are $35 plus processing fees.

Our final pick for tonight is the indie rock band Wigwams at Kung Fu Necktie. Opening are Mmoths, Tressors and Gull. Showtime is 7PM; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.00