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Childish Gambino set to headline SpringFest

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Published: Monday, April 2, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 22:04

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The artists slated to perform at SpringFest, Brandeis’ biggest concert of the year on April 29, have finally been revealed: Childish Gambino, fun. and Phantogram.

WBRS General Manager Jackie Benowitz ’12 and Director of Concerts for Student Events Bryan Flatt ’12 announced three of the four bands in the 2012 lineup last Sunday. Rapper Childish Gambinoa.k.a. Community actor Donald Glover—will headline the concert, and indie pop bands fun. (of “We Are Young” fame) and Phantogram will open.

Student Events and WBRS have not yet announced the fourth band because they are still finalizing details with the artist. In an email to justArts, Benowitz said they will announce the fourth band as soon as possible.

Student Events and WBRS present SpringFest annually. Last year, the Asian electronica outfit Far East Movement headlined, with Brandeis’ rapper Aziz and indie rock bands Dom and of Montreal opening.

This year’s headliner, Childish Gambino, has diversified his entertainment career as the popular character Troy on NBC’s Community and as a writer for the NBC series 30 Rock. Now also known for his rap music, Childish Gambino comes to Brandeis after releasing his latest album, Camp, this past November.

Based in New York City, fun. is an indie group best known for its hit single “We Are Young” featuring Jannelle Monáe, the most-bought single of 2012 thus far. The band is composed of lead singer Nate Ruess—formerly of The Format—and multi-instrumentalists Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff. Fun. will come to Brandeis as part of its national tour, which began on Saturday in Salt Lake City. The band has previously released two albums: Aim and Ignite in 2009 and Some Nights in 2012.

Phantogram is a unique indie pop duo featuring members Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboard) and Josh Carter (vocals, guitar). Phantogram previously came to Brandeis in 2010, when the band performed as part of the Indie Louies Film Festival. The members tend to explain their music as “street beat psyche pop.” In its review of Phantogram’s 2010 debut album, Eyelid Movies, indie music review site Pitchfork described the group as “messy, sweet and a little weird.”

Benowitz expects SpringFest to be the largest event on campus this year, in terms of both attendance and the prominence of the bands. “This is quite possibly the largest lineup we’ve had in the last couple years,” Benowitz wrote. “It seems that there is just about something for everyone.”

Editor’s Note: Bryan Flatt ’12 is a Justice associate editor. 

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