Bassnectar @ Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA [REVIEW]

 

Bassnectar is a name that almost everyone immediately recognizes, regardless of age as one of the top dubstep producers in the game. He’s revolutionized the art, sampling with Ableton in a way that most DJ’s can only dream of being able to do, and on November 5th I was able to see just what kind of skill he possessed when he performed at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA. Opening for Bassnectar were the acts, Gladkill and Gramatik. I didn’t get to catch Gladkill but arrived just as Gramatik was taking the stage, with a glitch hop style that was complimented by an electric guitar with the riffs layering on top of the bassline in the background. I had never seen Stage AE as packed as it was before Bassnectar took the stage and turned off the noise restrictions allowing his bass to be as low and loud as he’d wanted. Playing many tracks off his “Freestyle Mixtape” he literally tore the stage apart, dropping bassbomb after bassbomb as well as featuring some classic old school rap vocals overtop his dubstep lines. Some of my favorite drops from the show had to be when he dropped into Jah No Partial – Flux Pavillion and Va va Voom his original. I could not even begin to describe the energy I felt watching the crowd explode as he played his Lights – Ellie Goulding remix and had everyone sing along. If you haven’t had a chance to see Bassnectar I highly recommend you check him out as soon as you can! Check out our facebook page to tag yourself in photos from Bassnectar!

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Concert Review: Childish Gambino @ The Rialto Theatre (April 10th, 2012)

Last night, in downtown Tucson, a short 5 minute drive from the University of Arizona campus, Childish Gambino absolutely killed it at the Rialto Theatre. Just tons of energy pouring off the stage. And that is really saying something considering the fact that he rescheduled a lot of his shows, including canceling a performance at MTV’s Woodie Awards, because he fractured his foot at a show in Tampa in Mid-March. Sure he wasn’t jumping all over the stage like he has been known to do, but I wouldn’t even be standing if I broke my foot less than a month ago, much less performing.

The opener was Danny Brown, who has been Gambino’s companion throughout the Camp tour. Personally, I never heard of him before listening to a few of his songs on the way to the show last night, and I was pleasantly surprised. He’s got some stuff going on with A$AP Rocky coming up in the future, so be on the look out for that.

Now, as far as Donald Glover goes, he went all in on every song. He ended up playing the vast majority of his album, along with his breakout song “Freaks and Geeks”. He also did a freestyle with Danny Brown, which I got for you below (P.S. Definitely can tell it’s a freestyle for him rapping about the drunk dude who somehow got on stage, hugged him, then fell off stage)

I’ve been to a decent amount of shows, and this one was right up there. Childish really seemed appreciative of his fans, and it seemed every person at this concert knew every word to every song. After trying to separate his rapping career from his comedy career for is professional life, it seems with this tour he has finally achieved his goal.

Check his tour dates. If he is near you, go.