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Neko Case And Run The Jewels Are Next Up In MCA/Pitchfork Conversation Series

By Kate Shepherd in News on Nov 3, 2015 10:04PM

Neko Case, Photo: Dennis Kleiman. Run The Jewels, Photo: Tim Saccenti.

The Museum of Contemporary Art and Pitchfork have announced the next artists taking part in their joint conversation series In Sight Out: Neko Case and Run the Jewels.

Singer-songwriter Neko Case will discuss her career with cultural critic and Pitchfork Senior Editor Jessica Hopper on Dec. 9 at the MCA. Run the Jewels' Killer Mike and El-P will appear on Jan. 16 to talk with Hopper about their music and friendship.

The collaborative talks, which explore new perspectives on music, art, and culture, have been a big hit. Last Friday's event with Carrie Brownstein, of Portlandia and Sleater-Kinney fame, sold out in a record nine minutes. Wilco's Jeff Tweedy headlined the series' first talk right before the Pitchfork Festival in July.

Neko Case and Run the Jewels should also attract large audiences. The critically-acclaimed Case has a history with Chicago—including a stint bartending at The Hideout—and is well-known for her solo career as well as her work with the New Pornographers. She's a versatile musician who's explored different genres from country to alternative.

Run the Jewels is an increasingly important player in the hip-hop world. Pitchfork named the duo's 2014 album Run the Jewels 2 as the album of the year and they played a prime time slot at the website's Union Park festival this summer. It should be an interesting discussion: social commentary plays a key role in their lyrics and Killer Mike is an outspoken activist on social equality, police brutality and civil rights issues.

Tickets for both events go on sale on Tuesday Nov. 17 at 12:30 p.m. and can be purchased on the museum's website or by calling the box office at 312.397.4010.