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October 20, 2014 07:24 PM

Full audio from the show can be downloaded at Seen & Heard.

September 22, 2014 06:16 PM

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

& for the record, Diplo's shirt says "RARE"

August 13, 2014 01:17 PM

Polaroids by Dmitri von Klein.

Visit his Pickathon gallery to view more.

Valerie June Unknown Mortal Orchestra People Under The Stairs Warpaint on the Mountain View Stage Cahalen Morrison Bobby Patterson Shakey Graves Those Darlins Warpaint The infamous kitchen jam!!  

 

Photos by Todd Cooper

View more in SPIN's Best of Pickathon gallery or on my site.

The War on Drugs Angel Olsen Bobby Patterson Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer Diarrhea Planet Diarrhea Planet melting brains at the Woods stage EDJ Foxygen Julianna Barwick Lonnie Holley telling us about our "cold titty mama". Mac De Marco People Under The Stairs Shakey Graves Son Little The Sadies Those Darlins Unknown Mortal Orchestra   Valerie June Warpaint

May 16, 2014 01:06 PM

I caught up with YG on DJ Mustard's tour bus for a few shots after his sold out show last night at Dusk. The place was literally a sauna. I had to wipe my lens between shots to even see through the glass. There were some sound issues but YG played it like a pro and had the crowd roaring his lyrics back at him acapella till the power came back. His "My Krazy Life" tour hits Portland tonight at the Roseland

May 12, 2014 01:49 PM

Those who endured the rain enjoyed the impressive spectacle of the Childish Gambino and Danny Brown show when the Deep Web Tour continued at the Cuthbert on Friday.

It seemed as if the concert bookers of Eugene had opened the floodgates for live music that catered to the college-aged masses last weekend. UO students and the Eugene community were able to see Medium Troy, RJD2 and Devin the Dude at the Bohemian Dub Ball at the Hult Center on Saturday. Others chose to attend Night Beats, Wampire and a DJ competition for the Willamette Valley Music Festival all through the night on campus as well.

But the highest-profile name to come through Eugene for the weekend (that is, if you weren’t seeing Steve Martin at the Hult) was rapper-comedian-actor Donald Glover’s, who performed as Childish Gambino at Cuthbert Friday night.

Many are quick to label Gambino as the “hip-hop alter ego” of the television and comedy star, and with good reason. Glover, of course, was a “world star before rap”—as he sings on “World Star” from 2013 release Because The Internet.

Glover may have first earned his fame from his work on television with starring in Community and writing for 30 Rock, or comedy with Derek Comedy and his standup on Comedy Central. But when he performed in front of a packed crowd in Eugene, the audience was able to enjoy the concert through the lens of his identity as a rapper. The crowd may have been aware of his previous accolades, but they were certainly at the Childish Gambino concert to see a hip-hop performance.

Danny Brown initially set the mood for a rap show at The Cuthbert early in the night, throwing down with the crowd to songs like “25 Bucks” (which uses a beat produced by indie-electro pop band Purity Ring) and a freestyle track that sampled a song from Watch The Throne by Kanye West and Jay-Z.

After Danny Brown finished his set and as the rain began to come down hard, live DJ Stefan Ponce helped keep the party going.

Right off the bat, he announced that it would “take more than rain” to stop Childish Gambino from performing tonight. Energy stayed high in the building, and the DJ played music by Drake, Chance The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar and even MIA, Snoop Dogg and Michael Jackson.

When Ponce finished his set, the “digital experience” of Childish Gambino’s Deep Web Tour was set to begin. Most notably, fans were encouraged to download the Deep Web App, in which the crowd was able to draw messages that would appear on the stage screen. This feature was received much better than the dial tone that blared through the venue while fans waited for Gambino to take the stage.

When Gambino did begin his show, however, the energy was much higher than many would have expected considering that Community had been cancelled earlier that day, and that he was performing in a rainy college town. But while rocking a crewneck and white shorts in the rain, Gambino and his live band dished out a suitable mix of his more sentimental music to chase down the party-atmosphere bangers for the crowd.

The live 7-piece band was also a refreshing change of pace for a hip-hop show in 2014, and fans seemed to appreciate the sincerity that came with the real-life instrumentation.

Another interesting feature of the gig was an additional scrim and chandelier that were lowered during the show. Recalling the interactivity of the set, the audience was also able to participate in a mid-concert poll in which they indicated that they were feeling “some type of way” — like the song by Rich Homie Quan.

Gambino concluded his set with a good blend of new music from Because The Internet, old music from Camp and earlier mixtapes and music that no one had heard before.

Between each chant of “World Star!” that emerged from the crowd during the show, Gambino’s energy gave everyone in attendance a constant reminder as to why Donald Glover has remained the Internet star that we know and love. — Bryan Kalbrosky

May 8, 2014 07:51 PM

Kinda behind on posting these but I caught up with Bombadil before their show last week at Sam Bond's. We took some photos in the studio and around the Whit. One of the live shots made Rolling Stone's Hottest Live Photos of 2014.

May 6, 2014 01:52 PM

I caught up with Ty during his soundcheck and took a few portraits.

The shot above is featured in Rolling Stone's Hottest Live Photos of 2014

April 10, 2014 09:40 AM

Young the Giant

I caught the last couple songs of Echosmith's set.