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    Birdman, Young Thug, and Rich Homie Quan Brought Rich Gang to Life at Myth

    published Dec 15, 2014

    Rich Gang Tour: Birdman, Young Thug, and Rich Homie QuanMyth Nightclub, St. PaulFriday, December 12, 2014The recent team-up of oddball hitmakers Birdman, Young Thug, and Rich Homie Quan makes total bi... More >>


    The Best Minnesota Rap Albums of 2014

    published Dec 12, 2014

    The year in Twin Cities hip-hop is like a wall covered in graffiti. So many different styles have coalesced -- boom bap descendants, noise rap, futurism, and more -- in such a satisfying fashion. From... More >>


    Doomtree Tore Up the Turf Club to Launch Blowout X

    published Dec 08, 2014

    Doomtree Blowout X: Night One... More >>


    Dosh and Ghostband Join Forces for Def Kith EP

    published Dec 04, 2014

    Dosh and Ghostband with Mux Mool and Aby Wolf | 7th St. Entry | Saturday, December 6Like-minded electronic artists Martin Dosh and Jon Davis (a.k.a. Ghostband) recently began collaborating as a duo, c... More >>

  • Slick Rick

    published November 19, 2014

    The list of rappers who count Slick Rick as an inspiration is long and spans multiple eras, and it stands to reason. With silky storytelling, a... More >>

  • 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 >>

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