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  • Run The Jewels

    published November 19, 2014

    Killer Mike and El-P are collectively pummeling the rap world with their pair of albums as duo Run the Jewels, the second of which dropped last... More >>


    Run the Jewels at Fine Line, 11/20/14

    published Nov 21, 2014

    Run The Jewelswith Ratking, Despot, and David Ruffin TheoryFine Line Music Cafe, MinneapolisThursday, November 20, 2014Run the Jewels, the region-spanning duo of Killer MIke and El-P, swung through th... More >>

  • FKA Twigs

    published November 12, 2014

    Specializing in haunting harmonics and modern trip-hop sheen, London's Tahliah Barnett seemed destined to make an impact on R&B with her music as... More >>


    Run the Jewels: "We're Gonna Be Working Together for Years"

    published Nov 18, 2014

    Run the Jewels with Ratking and Despot | Fine Line Music Cafe | Thursday, November 20 (sold out)Killer Mike and El-P have impacted rap in a big way yet again with the release of their second free albu... More >>


    FKA twigs Entranced Both Fine Line and Paisley Park Audiences

    published Nov 17, 2014

    FKA twigswith BOOTSFine Line Music Cafe, MinneapolisFriday, November 14, 2014FKA twigs performed two shows in the Twin Cities over the weekend. Her sold-out Fine Line appearance on Friday was followed... More >>

  • B.o.B./Kevin Gates

    published November 5, 2014

    B.o.B.'s calculated balance of Atlanta flows and pop harmonies landed him several radio hits since his early mixtape days, including one of 2010's... More >>


    B.o.B. at First Avenue, 11/10/14

    published Nov 11, 2014

    B.o.B.with Kevin GatesFirst Avenue, MinneapolisMonday, November 10, 2014Atlanta rap star B.o.B brought his No Genre tour to First Avenue last night, bringing along his labelmates and Baton Rouge rappe... More >>


    K.Raydio and O-D Bond Raw, Soulful Emotion Together on One Drop

    published Nov 06, 2014

    K.Raydio | Icehouse | Saturday, November 8This week, Minneapolis R&B singer K.Raydio dropped a follow-up to her excellent LucidDreamingSkylines, the collaborative album with producer Psymun releas... More >>

  • Mike Mictlan (album release)

    published October 29, 2014

    Mike Mictlan's massive "CLAPP'D" is about as heavy a lead single as you can get. The Doomtree MC laces the droning beat with a slick-tongued... More >>

  • The Stand4rd at Amsterdam, 11/1/14

    The Stand4rd at Amsterdam, 11/1/14

    published Nov 03, 2014

    The Stand4rdwith DJ TIIIIIIIIIIPAmsterdam Bar and Hall, St. PaulSaturday, November 1, 2014St. Paul supergroup the Stand4rd lived up to the hype during their debut performance at Amsterdam on Saturday ... More >>

  • Flying Lotus

    published October 22, 2014

    Los Angeles producer and Warp signee Flying Lotus is on a wavelength all his own. Everything from spastic jazz to Dilla beats to classic soul to... More >>


    Mike Mictlan: "I Was the Aztec Ancient Interstellar Galactic Traveler"

    published Oct 29, 2014

    Mike Mictlan | 7th St. Entry | Saturday, November 1Doomtree MC Mike Mictlan dropped his latest project HELLA FRREAL this week. It's a powerfully crafted combination of the abstract, hardcore, and insp... More >>


    Lecrae at Skyway Theatre, 10/24/14

    published Oct 27, 2014

    Lecraewith Andy Mineo and DJ PromoteSkyway Theatre, MinneapolisFriday, October 24, 2014At different moments, Lecrae's flow is akin to Kanye West's spiritual bombast, J. Cole's longform narrative stor... More >>

  • The Electric Koolade Experience with Flatbush Zombies and the Underachievers

    published October 15, 2014

    Like-minded underground rap duos Flatbush Zombies and the Underachievers are hitting the Mainroom collectively as Clockwork Indigo. As evidenced... More >>


    Iggy Azalea at TCF Bank Stadium, 10/17/14

    published Oct 20, 2014

    Iggy Azaleawith Walk the MoonTCF Bank Stadium, MinneapolisFriday, October 17, 2014One strange thing about an Iggy Azalea concert is that while it pulls from hip-hop, it also skips blithely past it. T... More >>


    Inside the Neon Soul of Shiro Dame

    published Oct 15, 2014

    Shiro Dame | Mill City Nights | Saturday, October 18"I feel like there's some weird, magical thing that happens when we're together," says vocalist Sarah White of her five-piece band Shiro Dame. "Once... More >>


    Godsmack at Target Center, 10/5/14

    published Oct 06, 2014

    Godsmackwith Seether and Within ReasonTarget Center, MinneapolisSunday, October 5, 2014Godsmack's latest record, 1000hp, broke a three-year streak of number-one albums, hitting the number-three spot o... More >>

  • Dan Savage's HUMP! Tour

    published September 24, 2014

    Advice columnist Dan Savage has always taken a populist, non-judgemental stance on human sexuality. Since 2005, he has curated HUMP!, an amateur... More >>


    Dan Savage Brings HUMP! Amateur Porn Festival to Minneapolis

    published Sep 25, 2014

    Seattle's annual amateur porn festival, HUMP!, has grown in reputation since its inception in 2005. This year, host and curator Dan Savage is taking the show on the road. Friday and Saturday, you can ... More >>


    The Fucking Best Show Ever with P.O.S., 9/13/14

    published Sep 15, 2014

    The Fucking Best Show Everwith P.O.S., SZA, Le1f, Polica, Busdriver, Open Mike Eagle, Allan Kingdom, Zuluzuluu, DJ TIIIIIIIIIIP, Lazerbeak, and Dam-FunkFine Line Parking Lot, MinneapolisSaturday, Sept... More >>


    Open Mike Eagle on the hip-hop and podcast sides of his brain

    published Sep 11, 2014

    Open Mike Eagle's recent album Dark Comedy stands as one of the year's best so far, deftly juggling thought-provoking lyrics, skillful flows, and a comedic approach to create a wholly compelling liste... More >>

  • Vision the Kid & Tru

    published September 3, 2014

    With an understated but tight grasp on the craft, rapper Vision the Kid lends an exploratory approach to a range of subject matter on his... More >>


    Five Twin Cities hip-hop producers you should hear now: Vol. 8

    published Aug 26, 2014

    Welcome to the eighth installment of the Gimme Noise Beattape, a collection of sounds from Twin Cities producers and beatmakers. As the final weeks of summer slide past, a suitable soundtrack emerges.... More >>


    How Tek wrote over 70 songs in prison

    published Aug 20, 2014

    St. Paul rapper and producer Tek was released from prison in June, and dropped a brand new solo album just a month later, handling production and recording duties himself. ...Like I Never Left is... More >>

  • 5th Annual Twin Cities High Heel Dash

    published August 13, 2014

    Ladies and gentlemen, it's time once again to prove your skills in high heels. The 5th Annual Twin Cities High Heel Dash returns to raise money... More >>

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