Music spotlight: Childish Gambino at Myth

  • Article by: CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 14, 2014 - 3:00 PM
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Childish Gambino performed at Lollapalooza in Chicago in 2012.

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Tuesday: While seemingly every rapper under the sun eventually trades in his or her microphone to step in front of a camera, Donald Glover has gone in the opposite direction. The Los Angeles actor and comedian gave up his role on the NBC sitcom “Community” — he was a writer on “30 Rock” before that — to focus on his recording career as Childish Gambino, a Wu Tang-inspired stage name that belies the serious tone of his second album, “Because the Internet.” It puts a personal, confessional spin on his otherwise playful, danceable songs, such as the single “The Worst Guys.” We already know Glover has the charisma needed to make it as a viable live performer. (7 p.m. Tue. $30, all ages. Myth, 3090 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood. eTix.com, 651-779-6984.)

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