You might recall last month’s dispatch about the new summer concert series in town: Brooklyn Live at the Inlet, sponsored by Century 21 department store, will bring the masses to the Williamsburg waterfront for some indie rock, deep house, hip-hop, and everything (or, a bunch of stuff, at least) in between.
As part of the series, our friends at Northside Festival will bring venerable hip-hop duo Run The Jewels to the stage on Sunday, June 14, to wrap up the 2015 fest with a bang. Represented graphically by the now iconic “fist and gun” hand gesture, Run The Jewels is the project of Atlanta-based rapper/activist Killer Mike and Brooklyn-based rapper/producer/entrepreneur El-P. Their collaboration started when Cartoon Network executive and matchmaker Jason DeMarco introduced them in 2011. Their self-titled album came out in 2013 and was followed by their breakout, Run The Jewels 2, the following year. The video for “Close Your Eyes,” a provocative take on the violent relationship between the black community and police in America, has made waves in both the musical and political spheres.
Run The Jewels will be joined by special guests and Brooklyn natives Sleigh Bells. Longtime staples of the noise pop scene, the duo is known for anthemic hooks, electronic distortion, jolting riffs of guitarist David Miller and the juxtaposingly sweet vocals of Alexis Krauss. Also taking the stage will be West Coast rapper Vince Staples, who recently released the single “Señorita,” the first from his debut album Summertime ‘06, out June 30.
Head here to buy tickets, or use your Northside Premium or Music badge for free admission. And don’t forget to peep the rest of the Brooklyn Live lineup here; highlights include Neko Case, Best Coast and Built To Spill as part of Northside Festival, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival and Greatest Day Ever! NYC.