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    Lizzo at Triple Rock, 12/28/13

    published Dec 30, 2013

    Lizzo: Lizzobangers Release Partywith Lazerbeak and Plain Ole BillTriple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisSaturday, December 28, 2013Having taken her act on the road with Har Mar Superstar for a good chun... More >>


    Ceewhy : I'm a real understudy of music, not just hip-hop

    published Dec 27, 2013

    Ceewhy has built a name for himself locally through a number of albums, mixtapes, and powerful performances with his band Gorilla Panic, but his latest album, Freedom=Genius, may be his most tightly r... More >>


    Doomtree Blowout 9 at First Avenue, 12/13/13

    published Dec 16, 2013

    Doomtree Blowout 9First Avenue, MinneapolisFriday, December 13, 2013The unstoppable seven-headed hydra that is Doomtree rolled through to destroy First Avenue with a seismic two-plus hour set Friday. ... More >>

  • Chance the Rapper at First Avenue, 12/9/13

    published Dec 10, 2013

    Chance The Rapperwith DJ Rashad and SpinnFirst Avenue, MinneapolisMonday, December 9, 2013Chicago's Chance the Rapper made a huge impression this year with Acid Rap, a tightly realized mixtape that fl... More >>


    Future: I put a lot of passion into my performance, expect greatness

    published Dec 06, 2013

    Atlanta rapper Future is one of the most left-field artists cutting through the mainstream right now. It's more than appropriate that he's got a record called Pluto. Now he's gearing up for his antici... More >>

  • The 10 best Twin Cities rap albums of 2013

    The 10 best Twin Cities rap albums of 2013

    published Dec 05, 2013

    It was an especially difficult year to compile this list, as there were so many great hip-hop projects that dropped from all over the Twin Cities. Everyone involved in the local rap scene really seems... More >>

  • Purple Snow champions Prince and local sound

    published December 4, 2013

    Numero Group's landmark 50th release ought to appeal particularly to Twin Cities music fans. The Chicago-based reissue label's Purple Snow:... More >>


    Numero Group's Jon Kirby on Purple Snow: Everybody deserves to be celebrated

    published Dec 02, 2013

    Without Jon Kirby of Numero Group, there would be no Purple Show: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound. For the label's 50th release, Kirby and his associates dug deep into the local history surroundin... More >>


    Jay Z at Xcel Energy Center, 11/30/13

    published Dec 02, 2013

    Jay ZXcel Energy Center, St. PaulSaturday, November 30, 2013Jay Z has more money than you can fathom, more fame than most entertainers, and sits atop a number of people's lists of greatest MCs. Ther... More >>


    Poliça at Mill City Nights, 11/29/13

    published Dec 02, 2013

    Poliçawith Marijuana DeathsquadsMill City Nights, MinneapolisFriday, November 29, 2013Mill City Nights played host this past weekend to Poliça and Marijuana Deathsquads' two-night homecoming after a... More >>


    André Cymone: Every time I turned around, I was being compared to Prince

    published Nov 27, 2013

    As part of a forthcoming City Pages story about Numero Group's excellent collection of Twin Cities funk and R&B, Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound, Gimme Noise spoke to André Cymone.... More >>

  • Dave Chappelle

    published November 13, 2013

    Dave Chappelle's return to standup since leaving his groundbreaking Comedy Central television show hasn't been without turbulence, as some recent... More >>


    Phillip Morris: Chicago was kind of slowly eating away at me

    published Nov 15, 2013

    Chicago indie rapper Phillip Morris has definitely gained traction with Minneapolis fans over the last few years -- so much so that he recently decided to move here. He first began to make a name loca... More >>


    MaLLy: I'm painting this visual of this art that's on life support

    published Nov 14, 2013

    When MaLLy's The Last Great... dropped last year, it was evident from the attention it drew from national music blogs and local critics that he was an MC on his way to doing big things. His latest EP ... More >>


    Steve Aoki at Epic, 11/9/13

    published Nov 11, 2013

    Steve Aokiwith Waka Flocka Flame, Borgore, Felix Cartal, and DeorroEpic, MinneapolisSaturday, November 9, 2013Steve Aoki brought an insanely intense crowd of young dancing maniacs to a number of peaks... More >>


    Hank 3 at Mill City Nights, 10/28/13

    published Oct 29, 2013

    Hank 3 MIll City Nights, MinneapolisMonday, October 28, 2013Hank 3 rolled into Mill City Nights last night and played a massive four-plus hour set that gave equal time to each of the sides of his... More >>


    Melt-Banana at Triple Rock, 10/23/13

    published Oct 24, 2013

    Melt-Bananawith Gay Witch Abortion and Brain TentaclesTriple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisWednesday, October 23, 2013Japan's Melt-Banana, stripped away to core members Yasuko Onuki and Ichirou Agata, ... More >>


    Psymun & K.Raydio: We want people to step outside the box with their ears

    published Oct 17, 2013

    For a while now, Psymun and K. Raydio have individually been names to watch. Since their latest string of collaborations, in preparation for their LucidDreamingSkylines LP, they've made some significa... More >>


    Picked to Click 2013: #6 (tie). Pony Bwoy

    published Oct 15, 2013

    #6 (tie). Pony Bwoy: 44 pointsI don't think we've ever made a song in the daytime," says Pony Bwoy vocalist Jeremy Nutzman. "We weren't looking for product, we were just hanging out and having fun."... More >>


    Picked to Click 2013: #10 (tie). Vandaam

    published Oct 15, 2013

    #10 (tie). Vandaam: 34 points Vandaam give a decidedly cagey interview. A conversation with the experimental electronic three-piece -- featuring producers Sloslylove and Adept and vocalist Lady Midni... More >>


    Earl Sweatshirt at Fine Line, 10/15/13

    published Oct 15, 2013

    Earl Sweatshirtwith Vince StaplesFine Line Music Cafe, MinneapolisOctober 14, 2013Earl Sweatshirt is free and touring behind his second album, Doris. Vince Staples played hype man and injected his own... More >>


    J. Cole at Myth, 10/13/13

    published Oct 14, 2013

    J. Colewith Wale and BasMyth Event Center, St. PaulSunday, October 13, 2013J. Cole brought his "What Dreams May Came" tour to Myth last night, along with openers Wale and Bas. Full band in tow, Cole r... More >>


    Tech N9ne at Myth, 10/11/13

    published Oct 14, 2013

    Tech N9newith Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Stevie Stone, Ces Cru, and AbsentMyth Event Center, St. PaulFriday, October 11, 2013Tech N9ne brought fans out in droves to the Myth on Friday. With a bill stacked ... More >>

  • Le1f's Tree House Party

    published October 2, 2013

    Le1f is a breath of fresh air for hip-hop. His debut mixtape, Dark York, featuring the infectious single "Wut," made an impact thanks to an... More >>


    Gwar at First Avenue, 10/5/13

    published Oct 07, 2013

    Gwarwith A Band Of Orcs, Iron Reagan, and WhitechapelFirst Avenue, MinneapolisOctober 5, 2013The combination of Oderus Urungus's twitter feed of late, the addition of quasi-politically themed openers,... More >>

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