Ten or 15 years ago, if someone would’ve told me that there would’ve been a Bun B solo album with an El-P guest verse, I might’ve had a heart attack. But that’s where we are. Different strains of underground rap converge all the time. And Bun B, the Texan rap originator, plays host to Run … More »
For years, Adult Swim, the Cartoon Network’s grown-up and stoner-friendly programming bloc, has been doing whatever it can to help out the music world. Over the past few years, Adult Swim has been releasing scores of free and smartly curated songs with its Adult Swim Singles series. It gave the Odd Future kids a show. More »
Adult Swim is still principally a collection of absurd television shows (I think), but there’s no ignoring the brand’s increasingly prevalent foray into an artistic form that tends to touch our emotional cores a bit more than prepubescent meatballs. I’m talking about music, of course — and it’s certainly possible that you’ve come across or even listened to the Adult Swim Singles Program, which debuted eight years ago as an annual playlist of new music from artists that even we snobby jerks at TMT would recommend without caveats.
LOGICALLY, then, the next step after these extreme musical indulgences would be an actual music festival…hmm…perhaps in Los Angeles…and perhaps called Adult Swim Festival?
Boom: The first annual Adult Swim Festival is set to take place October 6-7 in the ROW DTLA district, and though the lineup is still literally filled with question marks, many noteworthy artists have also been announced. Attendees can look forward to headliner Run the Jewels (who have a longstanding connection with AS), Julianna Barwick, Zola Jesus, Thundercat, Wavves, D∆WN, Com Truise, Big Freedia, and more. Some comedic performances are also scheduled. Single day passes are currently $75, and weekend passes (which include entry to the Friday preview day) are $230.
Go here for more info, and check out the festival trailer — as well as some relevant music from a few of the artists in the lineup — below:
Run The Jewels have this ongoing bit where they fake-ruin all of Stephen Colbert’s on-air holiday celebrations. And while the rap duo “swore they had something nice to say” to Colbert on Friday’s Late Show, their birthday song was no different. They start by singing “Happy Birthday” before rapping about Colbert’s impending death while neon … More »
Summer blockbuster season is upon us, and with the recent success of Marvel’s Black Panter and Avengers: Infinity War, superhero fever is in right now and expectations are high for Deadpool 2 landing later this month. Hype for the film may however peak with the release of the official soundtrack which features cuts from Skrillex, Diplo, and Run The Jewels for some presumably wild action sequences in the follow up to the highest grossing R-rated film of all time.
Better yet, the rest of the soundtrack includes choice slappers from Celine Dion, Dolly Parton, Cher, Pat Benatar and a-ha’s seminal “Take On Me” — probably for more wild action scenes featuring Ryan Reynolds’ zinger-strapped anti hero. Deadpool 2 hits theaters May 18. Stream the official soundtrack here:
After the day Kanye West just had, Killer Mike’s NRA video doesn’t seem so bad! It’s been an eventful few weeks for Run The Jewels, the duo of Mike and El-P. They wrapped up their opening stint on Lorde’s arena tour, they dealt with the fallout of that NRA video, and they announced that … More »
For upwards of 20 years, El-P, the indie-rap innovator and one half of Run The Jewels, has been making clanking, sputtering, avant-garde rap beats that sounded like the score to some imaginary dystopic sci-fi movie. And now El-P is getting to score an actual movie, though not a dystopic sci-fi one. Instead, he’s doing the … More »
Over the weekend, NRATV released a controversial interview with Run The Jewels’ Killer Mike in which the rapper spoke out in support of gun ownership and said that he told his children they shouldn’t participate in the anti-gun student walkouts that took place across the country. After being criticized for the video, Killer Mike … More »
This past weekend, Killer Mike appeared in an interview on the National Rifle Association’s online television channel, defending the idea of black gun ownership and saying that he wouldn’t let his kids participate in the school walkouts in favor of gun control. (He said, jokingly I think, that he told them, “If you walk … More »