III by The Lumineers

III by The Lumineers

Hello friends.

I hope you’re all well and enjoying your weeks, as far into the week as you are whenever you’re reading this post.

Today I wanted to speak about an album that I wasn’t really sure I was going to enjoy when I first realised I had to listen to it. For that to make sense, I’ll have to share a little bit about what I’m doing with my life at the moment, and that’s contributing writing to arguably Melbourne’s most loved freely distributed music magazine, Beat. Feel free to have a Google and see if you can spot any of my writing!

Anyway, amongst reviewing concerts and interviewing an artist every now and then, one of the other things I get to do is listen to new albums and review them for the fortnightly album review section of the mag. I put my hand up to have a listen to the recent Lumineers album, III, and was lucky enough to get it.

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If you’ve read a few of my other posts or checked out any of my playlists, you’d know that I enjoy a couple of songs from the band, namely Sleep On The Floor, which I’ll forever and always be in love with, but I wasn’t sure what to expect.

That said, I was beautifully surprised, shocked, and incredibly moved. I nearly got emotional several times while listening through the album.

The album follows the story of a fictional family, the Sparks, and it depicts the struggle and evolution of this family having to live with a member fighting an addiction, and how that impacts the various members of the family. It’s a harrowing story and while it’s not a topic I’m incredibly close to personally, it made me really emotional.

There’s so much that I respect The Lumineers for, sonically, especially. Wesley Shultz has one of my favourite voices ever, and his vocal performance only amplifies the emotion and empathy behind all the lyrics in each song.

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They also tread the line of allowing the album to really live and become energetic in songs like Gloria and Leader of The Landslide. I love how some of the songs sit so gently in your chest, either gently strumming a guitar or a melody on the piano, while others really hit you in the gut, songs like Life In The City and Jimmy Sparks. I also really enjoyed listening to the different parts of the story and understanding the story of how the family unfolds. The entire record really allows you to build this cinematic movie within the music and a really clear story that can only really be put together once you’ve listened to the album in it’s entirety.

highly recommend you read the album review done by Atwood Magazine on each song, their meanings and the intricacy within the album, You can read that HERE.

This was such a beautiful album to listen to, it’s already been saved and playlisted on my Spotify. An absolute gem of a release.

x

Priya

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Julia Michaels aka Sunshine Personified // Live

Julia Michaels aka Sunshine Personified // Live

Hello friends!!

Hope you’re all well and having a great week.

Today’s post is another concert review. The topic of today’s post, as you can quite obviously read from the title, is the one and only Julia Michaels.

I have to be honest. I don’t listen to a ton of Julia’s music, I have some favourites that I keep in my playlists, but when she announced she’d be doing a couple of shows in Australia, it wasn’t something I jumped on straight away.

Enter my best friend Kate who loves Julia Michaels.

Kate, being the absolute legend that she is, pulled through and bought tickets to come and see Jon Bellion with me in November, so when I found out how much she wanted to see Julia, I decided to return the favour and buy a ticket with her.

Julia played on the 4th of September, so I headed to the station straight after work, doing a quick outfit change in the car before heading off, and met Kate on the train into the city. We initially thought the show started at 7, so were a bit hesitant about trying and getting something to eat, but after a later update on the FaceBook event notifying us that she’d be on at 8:45, we stopped off at an old favourite, Nando’s, for dinner.

It worked out well, as the Nando’s we ate at was right next to The Forum, where the concert was taking place. It was only after stepping out of the restaurant, that we realised it was bucketing down. Torrential rain. Luckily we were undercover, however as we walked towards The Forum, we quickly noticed the line of people waiting to get in, that curved down Hosier Lane, getting absolutely soaked.

Now, we were keen for the concert, but not keen enough to stand out in the rain, I’ll tell you that.

So instead, we decided to wait under the shelter of the restaurant that was on the other side of Hosier Lane and as the doors opened and people started moving in, hopping onto the end of the line as it passed us, spending the least amount of time out in the wet as possible.

Getting in, Kate took the opportunity to buy a hoodie from the merchandise stall, and I grabbed a drink from the bar, before we started our well practiced maneuver of making our way down the side of the theatre, into the mosh pit, and moving up from the left hand side of the mosh. I promise you, it’s worked every time. We did the same for Gang Of Youths so we knew it worked in The Forum, and sure enough, we managed to get pretty close to the front without being absolutely packed like sardines, much like the people a mere few metres away from us.

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As I said, I don’t know many other songs from Julia other than the few favourites I’ve added to my playlists, so songs like Pink which she opened with, Make It Up To You, Hurt Again, Apple or Priest gave me the opportunity to really enjoy the show, take note of her amazing band and appreciate how much effort she put into the performance.

On the other hand, we had songs like I Miss You, her collab with Clean Bandit, Heaven, Happy, Anxiety, Uh Huh and my absolute favourite, Into You, where I really got into it and sang along with everyone else in the crowd.

Kate and I constantly had to comment on how happy and energetic she was. I swear to you, she didn’t walk once across the stage. She genuinely skipped every where she had to go. Even when she parted the mosh pit like the Red Sea and walked through to perform a cover of Fuck You by Cee Lo Green as well as one of her own, she skipped down through the fans and took her place in the middle of the theatre.

She of course finished on two very strong notes, starting off her encore with What A Time, originally dueted with a favourite around these parts, Niall Horan. That particular song got everyone in the theatre singing along, and we were all more than ready to absolutely belt Issues when it finally rolled around. It was a deafeningly loud version of the song, but there was so much energy within The Forum. Julia pulled a really dynamic and diverse crowd. There was a large majority of females, ranging from young, little girls to older girls in their late teens and twenties like Kate and I, but there were also quite a few boyfriends who came along, groups of guys, older families and couples, and everyone sang along super enthusiastically.

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It was a very, very wholesome experience.

Like I mentioned before, her band were very commendable. They vibed with her perfectly, joining in with the choreographed dancing enthusiastically enough that it didn’t seem cringey or inauthentic, and vibing with the crowd in between Julia’s two breaks. It was overall a really positive, insanely cute concert.

 

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Another thing that stood out to me was the amount of fans she knew by name. She called out a ‘hello’ to one as she passed them on her way back to the stage, she commented on how every time she’s back in Australia one specific fan keeps getting taller and taller and she dedicated one of the last songs to a specific fan she had spotted towards our side of the mosh pit. Like I said before, wholesome as hell.

x

Priya

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Back To Headphones

Back To Headphones

Hey friends.

Hope you’re all well! Today’s post is a bit of a throwback, to one of my more informational posts, which gave you the run-down on a bunch of different headphones options, over-ears, on-ears,  in ears, noise cancelling, wireless and non-wireless, the whole shebang. You can read it HERE.

Today’s post, is actually a review. I finally bit the bullet and got a new pair of headphones, wireless, thank God, and I’m loving them. Before writing my last headphones post, and up until the end of August, I’ve been using my Beat headphones which just plug straight into my laptop for whenever I’m working or listening to music at home, Audio Technica headphones for whenever I’m mixing or in the studio, and the stock-standard Apple headphones for daily use like riding on the train or around university.

Since writing that post, there’ve been countless new contenders in the market, and today’s post is about my latest purchase.

To fully understand the reasoning behind finally buying a pair of wireless headphones, and why I chose these ones specifically, let me tell you a story.

My favourite pair of running pants for the gym, ripped recently, (R.I.P), meaning I no longer have them with me. They were my favourite purely down to the fact that, not only were they the comfiest pants I had, but they also had pockets. Pockets.

So whenever I was doing exercises that required bending, lifting, or the use of both of my hands, it was just super convenient to put my phone in my pocket and get on with it. However, with the loss of those particular pants, I’m now constantly having to either tuck my phone into my pants waistband, the strap of my sports bra, or keep my hoodie on and put it in the pocket of that. It’s a huge third-world problem, I understand, but it started driving me nuts.

So, I decided that the loss of those pants and my wireless headphone-less life needed to be fixed, and when a sale popped up at JB Hi-Fi at the end of August, I was there.

The pair I settled on, after much deliberation and advice from the super helpful staff, was the Plantronics BackBeat FIT 500. These bad boys set me back $150, but for something I considered an investment that I’d be holding off on getting, I knew what I was getting myself into from the moment I got in the car to go to the shops. I got the Teal one, accidentally, but to be fair, I only wear black to the gym so it’ll be a nice pop of colour, I guess. I also made sure that whatever I got, was sweat resistant and made specifically for gym and exercise use in mind considering I really only ever plan on using these headphones.

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So what do I think of the headphones?

So far, so good! They don’t budge, which is something I was skeptical about. They’ve lasted throughout the running portion of my workouts, as well as a range of full body exercises that nearly kill me, but they keep up. They don’t feel sweaty or wet at all, and I’m able to walk around the entirety of my gym while my phone is in my bag and keep a consistent, strong sound.

The On Ear Controls are super handy for changing over songs and checking how much charge I have left, which has been more than enough battery since I’ve had them. It takes me a while to burn through the 18-hour battery life.

 

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The quality of the sound is pretty great. For on-ear headphones, they do the job perfectly, especially for a music snob like me who expects a lot from my headphones. My one issue is that you can kinda hear the music while they’re on my head, as my sister wasn’t afraid to tell me. I have my music kinda loud, and the fact that it can still be heard while the headphones are on my ears wasn’t great because I just feel obnoxious, but on the whole, that’s really the only thing I can fault with them and that’s me being picky!

I definitely sound like I’m affiliated with Plantronics, but I’m just being honest.

 

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But that’s today’s post!! I don’t think I’ve ever done a review here on the blog – fingers crossed there will be more coming soon! What pair of headphones are you currently using? Is there one you wanna try? Let me know in the comments!!

x

Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 15

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 15

Hello friends.

Hope you’ve all been well and enjoying some good music. Today’s post is an old favourite, a good old music dump.

I say this all the time but these posts are both the easiest and nicest posts to share with you all because they take little to no effort but the process is so enjoyable. What’s not to like about going through one of my favourite playlists and picking a few new, undiscovered gems to share with you all?

Here’s some songs you might not know, but definitely should!

tear myself apart – Tate McRae
What If – Amber Mark
On My Mind – SODA, Jesse Ravlen
Cigar – Tamino
Manufactured Love – Michael Blume
Mona Lisa – Valntn, Tray Haggerty, Peter Fenn
Maybe – Mae Muller
All The Snow Is Gone – Sniffle Party 
Love For Me – Empress Of
Friend – Molly Millington
Come My Way – JSPH
Eye for an Eye – SiDizen King, The Strike
Sorrows – BLESSED
EX – Ojikae
Chastain – Del Water Gap

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Priya

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August Tunes

August Tunes

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all well and good.

Probably should preface this post by apologising for my severe lack of posts this month. It was a hectic one to say the least. There was a lot going on (gigs, university, my 21st, music production), and writing blog posts genuinely disappeared from my mind for a solid four weeks. That said, I hope you enjoyed my recap of the Childish Gambino concert, which you can read HERE if you missed it. 

Otherwise, let’s get into the music I was listening to during August!! It was another great month for music for me personally, I discovered a bunch of new tunes to add to my playlists, and rediscovered some old favourites. Let me know how you month turned out, I’d love to hear any recommendations!!

 

Movie – Tom Misch:  This song is hardly new, it’s been around for a little bit, but I’ve only just taken the time to genuinely listen to it and enjoy just how musically gifted Tom Misch is, not that it’s any surprise. I’ve featured his music here on the blog since the beginning of time, and he recently performed this song during his NPR Tiny Desk concert, and it was a treat. A great way to spend my Friday night. If you missed the Instagram story, check out my social media below so you can get onto it!

Crew – GoldLink, Brent Faiyaz, Shy Glizzy: This song was stumbled upon while I was on YouTube, the intro’s been used in a few people’s intro’s recently, and I’m not that mad at it. The rest of the song is definitely just as good, and it was a great asset to my latest playlist creation, velvet, which you can listen to HERE.

One Night Only – Sonder: This song is another incredibly smooth one. I feel like August was the month for really smooth, slow jams for me personally, and I’m so down for it. This song in particular was very random for me, I’ve never heard of Sonder, or this song before, and I’m slightly mad about it, especially considering Brent Faiyaz, one of my latest obsession, leads the group with his vocals. I don’t know where this song has been all my life, but I appreciate it being here now.

Indigo Night – Tamino: Tamino did an NPR Tiny Desk performance, which is how he appeared on my feed. There’s something so incredibly calming about watching him perform, as quite a few people in the comments mention, he’s got a bit of a Jeff Buckley vibe to him and I love it. I also love the little Arabic influences in his music, it makes it so different and unique. I’m only just diving into his catalogue, but this song has been included in several playlists.

Ride It – Regard: Look. I didn’t begin watching TikTok compilations for the art. It was ironic. I was trying to make fun of my sister. But here I am, a month later, stuck in an endless cycle of TikTok compilation videos on YouTube, and it doesn’t seem to be getting better. The shining like at the end of the tunnel though, is that sometimes, on some rare occasions, TikTok shares some great tunes, especially remixes, and this is definitely one of them. If you’ve been on TikTok or even meme Instagram in the last month, you’ll recognise this song.

Simmer – Mahalia, Burna Boy: Another absolute tune from Mahalia, but at this point, we aren’t really surprised. Burna Boy is a new one from me, but I’m seeing him pop up everywhere, see below for his song with angel gal Jorja Smith.

Be Honest – Jorja Smith, Burna Boy: As much as I love Jorja Smith, Simmer is definitely my favourite out of these two Burna Boy features, but that’s not to say this one isn’t fantastic too. I’m loving the groovier side to Jorja on this one, definitely a bit different compared to songs like Teenage Fantasy or Blue Lights, especially compared to Goodbyes, but I’m welcoming it with open arms, cos it suits her perfectly.

Indigo – Chris Brown: This is nothing new. It came out a little while ago, but August really gave me the time to get into it. Something about Chris Brown always gives me nostalgia for the year I turned 18, not long ago, only two years ago, and started going out with my friends. He’s still releasing really addictive tunes. Just a tune. That’s all I have to say.

Holding The Gun – Sabrina Claudio: I’m convinced the only thing flowing through Sabrina Claudio’s body is honey. She’s so bloody smooth. Her voice is genuinely like velvet, and I can’t get enough of it. This song is beautiful, and steadily becoming one of my favourite Sabrina songs.

Motivation – Normani: Yo. How did Fifth Harmony ever get by with this woman not leading the group?? I swear everyone on Twitter lost their minds when the music video dropped (it’s art), and I’ve never seen so many people online so ultimately united by one female artist. It was beautiful.

over and over – sky: I discovered this song while watching Volume 3 of ‘Dear White People’ – I have even more questions at the end of that volume than I did the first two – and I fell in love with. Again, just a slanky, smooth, old school RnB joint. It’s perfection.

Don’t Kill My Vibe – Sigrid: Not a new song by any means at all, but for some reason it popped into my head randomly, and I was stuck singing it around the house for an entire week. The chorus is just so energetic and wholesome, I really need to get around to listening to some more Sigrid.

Fool For You – Snoh Aalegra: I’ve been obsessing over this song ever since I randomly clicked it on Spotify. If you haven’t checked out my Spotify by now, a) why? and b) you should do that, check the links below, but it’s been added to a fair few of my playlists. It’s such a calming song, her voice and the guitar and how minimal it all is, and also may or may not feature in a lil cover I did of it on my Instagram…

 

 

The Wilhelm Scream – James Blake: I can’t for the life of me, remember where I heard this song, but it’s changed my life. I’m no stranger to James Blake and the genius that he is, but I’m shocked it’s taken me this long to hear this particular song. It’s so atmospheric and cinematic, I’d liken it to something like The Maze by Manchester Orchestra which featured in my July Tunes. This song is so bloody calming, despite how organic and dynamic it is, I can never listen to it just once.

Hazy – SODA, Yuto.: I’m Insta acquaintances with the brother’s who make up the Yuto. duo, and I have to say, this is my absolute favourite song that they’ve released. Easily. It’s right up my alley, and it’s made a SODA fan out of me.

Disco Yes – Tom Misch, Poppy Ajudha: Another Tom Misch song. Since watching his NPR Tiny Desk, August has indeed been the month of Misch. Clearly I don’t have an issue with it. This song is steadily becoming my favourite song he’s ever written, and I’m desperate for my band to get their hands on this. It’s such a good time, I don’t know how you couldn’t not smile listening to that bass line. Song of the month.

Movie Screen – Tommy Newport: I rediscovered this song while going through my playlist, songs you should probably hear on Spotify and I had to add it to my 365//2019 playlist. It’s so good. Tommy’s vocals, the bass line, the vibe.

Naked – Sedric Perry: Funny story with this one. I was at work, and had to venture to the other half of the store, when I overheard the first ten seconds of this song. I was disgusted in the best possible way and ran to the computer to find out what it was. Somehow, it was on a Pulp Fiction soundtrack by accident, because it was really the odd one out on the playlist, but God was looking out for me that day, because I am in love with this song. Stanky vocals and insane beats. Treat yourself.

 

 

That’s what I was listening to in August. It was a fun month of me, it usually always is – what were you listening to? Please feel free to share any discoveries or recommendations in the comments! I’d love to know what you guys were enjoying too!

x

Priya

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Still Lovin’ Mahalia

Hello friends and family, hope you’re all well.

Today’s post is going to be another artist spotlight. I haven’t done one in a hot minute, most of them have been interviews from up and coming artists, so it’s been a while since I just shared an artist I’ve been genuinely enjoying.

That said, here we are with precisely that, and if the title didn’t allude to it enough, I’m gonna be rambling about Mahalia.

As of recently, she’s announced that she’ll be releasing her debut album, LOVE AND COMPROMISE in September, so now we truly have something to look forward to.

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I first discovered Mahalia when she released Sober in 2017. It’s the slanky type of RnB that I just love, throws you right back to the 90s, and I instantly fell in love with her voice. The acoustic version came shortly after that, as well as the Jarreau Vandal remix, and I was obsessed.

The next song to really have me hooked was I Wish I Missed My Ex which she put out in 2018. The music video to date, is still one of the coolest ones I’ve seen.

 

It took me a little while to jump onto the Mahalia train straight away, and unfortunately, it was in this time that I attended Falls Festival, where Mahalia had a set. And I missed it. I can’t even remember what I saw instead of going to her set, but in short, I didn’t see her when I had the chance. Lesson learnt.

Since then, I’ve become obsessed with several of Mahalia’s songs. That’s OKSimmer which she released super recently, Do Not Disturb and one of my absolute favourites, Honeymoon. 

There’s something about Mahalia that violently throws me back to being a little kid and listening to artists like Ne-Yo, Brandy, Destiny’s Child, Usher, Alicia Keys and so many other incredible RnB artists from the 90s and early 2000s. However, she does so without compromising what makes her unique and so current today. All of her songs have ridiculously catchy hooks and melodies and the musicality in her records is always impressive, regardless of how subtle it may be.

Her EP, Seasons, which she released last year is a collection of five songs which I reckon were a great way to really introduce Mahalia to a brand new audience who were only just discovering her. The five songs are all so cohesive with each other, but have their own little things to celebrate, whether it’s the incredible chorus in Honeymoon, the simplistic structure yet impressive lyrical rhythm in That’s OK or the smooth jam that is Good Reason.

Most recently, her single Simmer, which features Burna Boy has been really stuck in my head, and it’s made for a great warm, summery tune to keep me going through the winter that’s been keeping us all hostage here in Melbourne. If you haven’t had a listen to it already, I can’t recommend it enough. Get around it.

I think everyone, especially fans of soul music and RnB like myself, should take the time to listen to the EP and definitely the album when it comes out, all the way through, back to back. I’m genuinely so excited for what Mahalia’s going to be sharing with this upcoming record, what she’s delivered so far has really hit it’s mark.

She’s a front-runner for 2019.

x

Priya

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Childish Gambino, In The Flesh // Live

Childish Gambino, In The Flesh // Live

My. Dudes.

This post has been a long time coming. In fact, it’s been in the works for more than three years, and it’s finally happening.

Childish Gambino live in concert.

And how do we make it just that little bit better? We add Mia into the mix.

I’ve loved Childish Gambino for close to four or five years now. Heck, he’s got a dedicated space on my wall, among four other artists who I look up to and am inspired buy (check that out HERE), and he’s become one of the most talked about musicians ever. Whether it’s his music, his comedy, his acting/writing/directing, he’s become a well known name and whether you’re calling him Gambino or Donald, he’s made some impact in the societal sphere, especially within the last two or three years.

Which is why, finally getting to see him in concert, after years of rapping his songs in my room, singing or dancing along with my friends, talking about his cultural influence and critiques; seeing him in concert was something I had been waiting for.

There was also a certain weight to Gambino finally coming down to Australia. I think he’s been injured twice and had to cancel, and the last time he announced a tour I didn’t even get tickets. Which made his final concert so incredible and energetic.

PLUS. The fact that I went for the concert with Mia??? Mind-blowing. If you have the time, keep scrolling to some of my first posts and you’ll eventually come across quite a few where the comment section is purely just Mia and I (and homegirls Chloe and Fiona) fangirl-ing over Donald. And that’s before she moved to Australia. So obviously, huge significance with the fact being the first time I get to see him live, it’s with that gal.

I met up with Mia in the city, and after grabbing a drink to pass the time before the concert, we headed into Rod Laver Arena, obviously peer pressuring each other to buy a T-shirt at the merchandise stand beforehand.

It took a little while to start filling up, though Channel Tres did his best to get everyone hyped up. His set was a little hit and miss for us, with some songs being absolute bangers and really getting our attention, and others falling a bit flat. However, it made the wait for Gambino a bit more bearable.

When he finally came on, it was with little to no theatrics, just him walking to the front of the catwalk, and bowing his head, a move that’s become almost signature. He played a huge plethora of songs, some that had me jumping up and down, dancing and rapping along, others that gave me some space to just watch him and his incredible band.

Summertime Magic came pretty early in the setlist and it brought some warmth to the cold Melbourne night. It was such a fun song to see live and dance along to, which of course Mia and I did.

He performed so many killer songs, like The Worst Guys, Worldstar, Me and Your Mama, Boogieman, Have Some Love, pausing in the middle of these killer tracks to perform another fan favourite, Feels Like Summer and continuing to just give an amazing overall performance, one I’ve literally been waiting years to see.

One of the most commendable parts of the show, was a moment when he completely disappeared from the stage, only for a live feed to be brought up onto the big screens, following him around the underground of Rod Laver Arena. When he finally emerged outside in the front of the arena doors, walking past the merchandise stand, food stands and bars where we all were before the show began, everyone went nuts, searching for the door he’d enter through. He finally appeared, right at the top of Rod Laver Arena, and made his way down through the seats, cool as a bloody cucumber, giving cues to his band back on the stage to solo and really get a moment to show off how amazing they all were as musicians.

This Is America was always going to go absolutely mental, and to have it played live in front of us was something from a completely different planet. The signature dancers were lively and energetic up on the stage with him, and he somehow managed to match their energy seamlessly, still rapping every word, aside from those he prompted the crowd to scream back at him.

When he finally went off stage for a moment, the roar for the encore was deafening as Mia and I tried to think of all the other songs he could possibly play during the encore. Ya girl had personally been holding out to hear Bonfire or IV. Sweatpants, so my fingers were crossed.

It’s hard to be upset when the first song of his encore was Sober, which once again set everyone in the audience absolutely off, and the transition into V. 3005 was seamlessly, continuing the stream. He was phenomenal to watch, and it was like he somehow managed to bring his energy and commitment up a notch during this encore.

I nearly shrieked when IV. Sweatpants started and Mia and I probably pissed off everyone sitting next to, in front of or behind us from how much we jumped and screamed. I mean, this was one of the songs we went absolutely ham on during our roadtrip for Falls Festival, so it’s our song. Of course, he had to tease me a little with the intro to Bonfire playing as a lead up into Redbone.

Watching him kneeling down on the stage, singing the song even better than the studio version, then jumping off the stage to wade through the moshpit?? A moment. I wish I had some photos to include in this post, but honestly I don’t. I was literally so enthralled by the absolute magic going down.

Childish Gambino was literally more than I ever could have imagined. It honestly didn’t matter that we weren’t in the first row or down in the mosh pit – he had the entire arena in the palm of his hand.

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Priya

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