Run the Jewels-‘Run the Jewels 3’

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In retrospect, it seems so clear now.  Run the Jewels wasn’t important when they collaborated with Zack de la Rocha.  They weren’t important, when they were receiving higher festival billing, nor were they when they performed on late night shows.  Their importance appeared as Killer Mike began turning up during the 2016 election cycle, campaigning behind Bernie Sanders.  Killer Mike was a regular staple in Bernie’s campaign, and Sanders returned the favor by introducing Run the Jewels at Coachella.  In a year that the nation still feels hungover from, Run The Jewels 3 is a much needed cup of coffee with a shot of whiskey-a little energy along with the hair of the dog that bit you. Continue reading

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Artists on Election’s Eve

The polls will open in about eight hours.  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are getting their last minute rallies in before the big day.  A number of artists have performed a wide variety of songs over the past weekend not only to promote their preferred candidate but also to promote voting.  Here are  some choice picks beginning with Win Butler of Arcade Fire performing Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” during the Preservation Jazz Hall Band’s “Jam the Vote” last night. Continue reading