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Run The Jewels at Terminal 5 (February 27, 2017)

By Will Oliver, March 16th 2017

With every new album, Run The Jewels, the exciting rap tag-team consisting of Killer Mike and El-P, continue to blow up even further. This was evident when they broke the internet with the early surprise Christmas release of their new album Run The Jewels 3, which they self-released. Near the album’s release, the duo announced a tour including a few shows here in New York at Terminal 5. Usually, a successful band books one or two nights there, maybe three if they’re really in demand. Which makes the fact that Run The Jewels had sold out four nights at Terminal 5, a truly impressive feat, showing how big the group is doing it, all on their own terms.

I caught night three of the four-night run on February 27. Killer Mike and El-P came storming out of the gate celebrating the show with their own “Stay Gold” beer (in partnership with Interboro Brewing), chugging them down as “We Are The Champions” was blasted. They wasted no time, opening with “Talk To Me,” and the atmosphere in Terminal 5 was instantly elevated to something I haven’t seen in quite some time at the venue.

Although technically a “hip-hop” show, the duo created a rock star energy and had their entire crowd celebrating as if it was just one giant party, which in a way, it really was. They delivered ferocious versions of songs from across their trilogy of albums, never slowing down for a breathe. The energy was palpable and it really wore off on you in an infectious manner. There wasn’t anyone in the crowd not with them, no face left without a smile. It was an electric performance, truly one of the best gigs that I’ve ever seen at Terminal 5. Even after already performing two shows, Run The Jewels delivered an unforgettable performance, giving their all. It’s a show I won’t forget anytime soon.

Find the setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos from their performance.

Run The Jewels Setlist:

1. Talk To Me
2. Legend Has It
3. Call Ticketron
4. Blockbuster Night, Part 1
5. Oh My Darling Don’t Cry
6. Nobody Speak
7. Hey Kids (Bumaye)
8. Stay Gold
9. Don’t Get Captured
10. Panther Like a Panther
11. Everybody Stay Calm
12. Love Again (Akinyele Back) (feat. Gangsta Boo)
13. Lie, Cheat, Steal
14. Early
15. A Report to the Shareholders
16. Run the Jewels

Encore:

17. Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)
18. Down

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Run The Jewels have been on an unstoppable run since the release of their well received sophomore record Run The Jewels 2, which was released last year via Mass Appeal Records. This summer saw the duo of El-P and Killer Mike tackle nearly every music festival in America (Boston Calling included), and brought El-P back for a hometown performance in Brooklyn at 50 Kent as a part of the Northside Festival.

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(Vince Staples)

Not only did we get Run The Jewels, but we got a one-off performance from Sleigh Bells, who are in the midst of making a new album. Before them came up and coming rapper Vince Staples, who also impressed.

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(Sleigh Bells)

Right as Run The Jewels took the stage the rain emerged from the damp Brooklyn skies, but it didn’t stop the vibes in any way, shape, or form. They still delivered a vicious set full of deathly deep bass lines and their smart trademark lines. Things got a bit emotional for El-P who was amazed at the large crowd that gathered together to watch him and Killer Mike do their thing in his very own hometown. The night became that much more special when they brought out rap legend Nas to join them on his own track “Made You Look.” Not a bad way to spend a Sunday evening.

Find photos of Run The Jewels, Sleigh Bells, and Vince Staples posted below.
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Run The Jewels at Boston Calling 2015

By Will Oliver, June 11th 2015 — with 1 comment

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Before Run The Jewels’ set at Boston Calling, Killer Mike hammed up to the Boston crowd by enthusiastically telling the crowd that he rides with Patriots ball-deflator Tom Brady (who is suspended for the first half of the Patriots season, for those non-sports fans out there), and didn’t “give a fuck what they say.” As if the Boston crowd needed anymore reason to love them, this was launched them on team RTJ not only for that bright sunny afternoon set, but probably for life.

Mike’s right arm was tucked away in a brace after a recent shoulder surgery, but he performed with the same intensity as always alongside his partner in crime, El-P. They delivered a energetic bass-heavy set of cuts from their two albums, with a good chunk coming from last years utterly fantastic Run The Jewels 2. They had the crowd eating out of their hand, turning Boston’s City Hall Plaza into a party for the duration of their set. Where else would you hear “Lie, cheat, steal, kill, win, win” anywhere in the vicinity of City Hall Plaza, let alone celebrated? Only at a Run The Jewels show.

They’re back in New York this weekend for a performance at 50 Kent for Northside Festival. Tickets for that are still on sale.

Setlist and photos posted below.
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Run The Jewels at Governors Ball 2014

By Will Oliver, June 10th 2014

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El-P and Killer Mike’s rap partnership Run The Jewels captivated their audience with a thrilling set that didn’t shy away from a deep throbbing bass. Being as close as you can in the photo pit the bass was so devastating that I thought bits of my insides were ruptured. The two of them used this as an energizer, starting their set at a insane level of high energy and never letting up at any moment.

They ran around the stage and delivered each line with as much oomph as the last, looking like they were having a blast while doing so. They had quite a large audience watching their show, an impressive feat considering how early in the day it was. Hip-hop live can always be a tricky feat to master at a festival, but it was no problem for Run The Jewels who delivered, and then some.
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The Meadows Announces 2017 Lineup

By Will Oliver, May 8th 2017

The Meadows Music and Arts Festival will return for it’s second year at the Citi Field complex, taking place September 15-17.

The festival has now expanded to three days, and will sports a lineup that’s headlined by Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz, Future, Nas, Weezer, Run The Jewels, M.I.A. and Erykah Badu. Other standouts in the lineup include Broken Social Scene, Blood Orange, De La Soul, Two Door Cinema Club, Sleigh Bells, Big Boi, Sky Ferreira, Ghostface Killah, Action Bronson, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Tegan and Sara, Foster The People, Milky Chance, Joey Bada$$, Jacob Banks, Public Access T.V., CRX, and Dams Of The West.

Now that’s a solid and diverse set of music, and further proof that music festivals can really succeed in NYC.

Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, May 10 at 12pm (EST). Head here for more info on the full pricing breakdown for ticket sales.

We All Want Someone’s Best Albums Of 2016

By Will Oliver, January 31st 2017 — with 1 comment

Artwork courtesy of Anthony Bauer
2016 was as busy as any other year in recent memory with the constant release of new albums. It seemed like every week we were bombarded with a surprise album drop from a big star, a long overdue follow-up, or promising debut album that came out of thin air. It was a bit overwhelming, but a damn good problem to have. We lost a few heroes in David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, but gained a few instant classics that served to preserve their memory with an amazing sendoff. Radiohead, A Tribe Called Quest, The Avalanches, and The Last Shadow Puppets all finally returned to us. Frank Ocean delivered not one, but two albums.

There was no shortage of music to be found, especially good music. Below, you can find 50 favorites from 2016, including a few honorable mentions. Believe it or not, there were albums I left off that I would’ve gladly liked to at least mention to you, as they’re all worth your time. That’s saying something.

Call it what you want, best, top or favorites. Either way, these were the 50 albums that helped me get through 2016.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Songs of 2016

By Will Oliver, January 30th 2017 — with 1 comment

(Artwork courtesy of Anthony Bauer)

2016 was a wild one. It’s not a year that many of us will look back all that fondly on, but then again, it wasn’t all bad. There were a lot of great albums and songs released throughout the year, from artists of all sizes. From the surprise drop, to the long-awaited albums from greats like Radiohead.

Tomorrow I’ll share my list of my favorite albums of the year, but first, lets dig in to the songs that I had on constant repeat throughout the year.
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Best Songs of 2016: Anthony’s Picks

By Anthony Bauer, January 22nd 2017 — with 1 comment

It’s safe to say that 2016 was a pretty weird year, but one thing we can all agree on is just how crazy of a year it was for music.  From the highly anticipated to the complete out of nowhere surprise drops, the year truly didn’t disappoint at all.  We finally got that Radiohead album we were all clamoring for and even got some releases we weren’t expecting to see in 2016 (we’re looking at you, SchmilcoAbandoned Mansion, Epoch and Run The Jewls 3).

There were so many great releases that it was difficult keeping up with all of them, which was literally half the battle.  You’ll notice that some artists I chose multiple songs which is not a mistake, its 100% on purpose.  There were certain songs from certain artists off of certain albums that just were just so good that I couldn’t not include them.

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Boston Calling Announces 2017 Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 12th 2017

The new and revamped Boston Calling is back in a big way. Not only will it take place at a much larger space with Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, Massachusetts over the weekend of May 26-28 (it’s now a 3-day festival too), but it sports a very impressive lineup.

Headling the festival is Tool, Mumford & Sons, Chance The Rapper. Then there’s Bon Iver, Sigur Ros, The XX, Weezer, The 1975, Major Lazer, Run The Jewels, Wolf Parade, Mac DeMarco, Car Seat Headrest, Mitski, Deerhoof, Whitney, Kevin Morby, Lucy Dacus, Solange, Cage The Elephant, Nataniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Tegan and Sara, Sylvan Esso, Flatbush Zombies, Oh Wonder, Danny Brown, Frightened Rabbit, Pup, Hiss Golden Messenger, Stand Of Oaks, and many more, including a film experience with Natalie Portman.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now, with early bird 3-day passes still available.

Panorama 2016

After months of speculation, the Panorama Music Festival has finally been announced. It’s taking place on Randall’s Island Park on the weekend of Friday, July 22 though Sunday July 24. The festival was brought together by Goldenvoice, the same company behind Coachella.

The impressive set of headliners includes LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Foals, Alabama Shakes, Run The Jewels, Sia, Blood Orange, A$AP Rocky, Major Lazer, Kurt Vile & The Violators, FKA Twigs, Grace Potter and Silversun Pickups. The rest of the lineup features highlights such as Broken Social Scene, Daughter, Anderson Paak ^& The Free Nationals, Mike D, Schoolboy Q, AlunaGeorge, Flatbush Zombies, The Front Bottoms, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jai Wolf, The Julie Ruin, SZA, Holy Ghost!, Tourist, Ex Hex, Oh Wonder, Madlib, Here We Go Magic, Caveman, Algiers, White Lung and more.

There was once a point where NYC lacked any prominent music festivals, and now we have two. Fans of live music in New York sure aren’t complaining, I know I’m not. I can’t wait to see what Panorama has to offer, and to see return performances from Arcade Fire, The National, and of course, LCD Soundsystem.
Three-day tickets for the festival go on sale this Friday (March 4) at noon.





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