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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.
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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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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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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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Best Songs of 2017: Anthony’s Picks

By Anthony Bauer, January 11th 2018

This ‘top 100 songs of 2017’ post could have easily been ‘top 200 songs of 2017’ due to the insane (yet absolutely amazing) amount of great music that was released this past year. ¬†While it is near impossible to listen to it all, here were my favorite 100 songs from 2017 (with a bonus 5, because… why not?):
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Best Albums of 2017: Bryan’s Picks

By Bryan Lasky, January 8th 2018

[Artwork by Anthony Bauer]

First, this isn’t going to be your run of the mill, “Here are your best albums of the year in a specific order,” type of list. I’ve never done one of these before and who the hell am I, mostly a photographer, sometimes reviewer, to say who has the “best” record of the year. If a song moves me or makes me feel something, I enjoy it. Yes, in my eyes St. Vincent’s Masseduction is definitely in my top three, but even for me, I don’t know if it’s number one. Regardless, I hope you enjoy these little blurbs about some of my favorite music that has come out in the calendar year of 2017 that I can’t stop playing. Also, there were, of course, other great albums released this past year that while I listened to, I just didn’t come back to. It may not appear on this list, but doesn’t mean I didn’t find something fantastic about it and didn’t enjoy it throughout the year.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Shows Of 2017

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2018

We covered a few shows in 2017, well, probably the most in the site’s history. My personal count was well over 200 shows, not to mention all the other coverage from the rest of the gang.

It was impossibly tough to narrow it down to even 50 shows, which probably seems like a lot (and is), but the reality it was just a fraction of what we actually saw and heard in 2017.

You’ll notice that a lot of the top list is big bands playing small spaces, as there’s nothing quite like that. A few festival sets found their way onto the list as well, which speaks volumes about how great those performances truly are, as most of the time I’m running around from set to set, not even allowed proper time to really take a set in, or for once to really grab a hold of me.

This was the year of Brooklyn Steel, with an asinine 34 trips from me there. Apologies to the staff and security for having to put up with me that much, but equally as frequently was the great Bowery Ballroom, which I visited 32 times. It’s no surprise that it handily appears the most on my list, a true testament to the Bowery’s consistent ability to put on some of the best shows that you’ll find in New York.

Alright, enough rambling. Here are the 50 best shows that killed my hearing in 2017.
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Kamasi Washington at Terminal 5 (November 22, 2017)

By Anthony Bauer, December 21st 2017

Every once in a while there are musicians that emerge onto the scene and cement themselves as pivotal members of the industry, constantly creating an endless amount of amazing content. To not include Kamasi Washington in any of those categories would be criminal, as he is not only one of the most innovative musicians in music right now, but also one of the most sought after in terms of collaborations.

Most recently we’ve seen him on tracks from Run The Jewels and Kendrick Lamar, but he released an EP this past September entitled Harmony Of Difference that has some of his best material to date (not to mention some of the years best, too). Following the release of the EP, Washington took the show on the road to Terminal 5 on November 22 and brought along some surprises as well.
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Preview: The Meadows Music and Arts Festival 2017

By Will Oliver, August 23rd 2017

The days of summer are slowly winding down. With about a month left, we are still able to send the summer of 2017 off in style in the form of The Meadows Music and Arts Festival. They’ve returned with an even bigger and better installment this year which sees them once again at the Citi Field complex, this time expanding to three days, taking place from September 15-17. For information on tickets head here.

Headling this year’s edition is Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz, Future, Nas, Weezer, Run The Jewels and LL Cool J. There’s really something for everyone and that’s before we get to the deep undercard. M.I.A., Erykah Badu, 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.
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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.





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