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    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 >>


    What is Jason Feathers, and what does it sound like?

    published Aug 12, 2014

    A collaborative project featuring Justin Vernon, Astronautalis, S. Carey, and Ryan Olson was teased back in 2012 during its creative stages. It recently arrived in gilded Ed Hardy font as De Oro, the ... More >>


    FMLY FEST at In the Heart of the Beast, 8/8-9/14

    published Aug 11, 2014

    FMLY FESTwith Pony Bwoy, Chiffon, Fort Wilson Riot, Meth Dad, and moreIn the Heart of the Beast Theater, MinneapolisFriday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9, 2014FMLY FEST, a two-day celebration of a w... More >>

  • New Space with Greg Grease, Shiro Dame, Allan Kingdom, Tiny Deaths, and Manny Phesto

    published July 30, 2014

    With a strong lineup of forward-thinking local artists, Friday's New Space concert in the Mainroom promises to showcase the range of quality... More >>

  • Lil Durk + Lil Debbie

    published July 23, 2014

    Lil Durk represents the exciting conflation of sounds emanating from Chicago's drill scene, which filter stripped-down, hyper-violent trap through... More >>


    Five Twin Cities hip-hop producers you should hear now: Vol. 7

    published Jul 30, 2014

    Welcome to this month's Gimme Noise Beattape. The beats keep coming from our talented Twin Cities producers. Here's a Soundcloud mix featuring a range of styles and a consistency of quality. Enjoy!Egy... More >>

  • Sifu Hotman Embrace the Sun CD release

    published July 23, 2014

    Last summer saw the release of a three-song project from rappers Guante and Dem Atlas and producer Rube, the trio collectively known as Sifu... More >>


    Desdamona is a rapping lunch lady in new Kmart ad

    published Jul 29, 2014

    A year after the back-to-school campaign featuring Da Rich Kidzz, KMart once again taps into the local scene with a new commercial starring Desdamona as a rapping lunchlady. It's a fun spot that plays... More >>


    Lil Debbie at Fine Line, 7/26/14

    published Jul 28, 2014

    Lil Debbiewith Sweetz P, Chi City, and Chase ComptonFine Line Music Cafe, MinneapolisSaturday, July 26, 2014Lil Debbie returned to the Fine Line Saturday for what turned out to be a headlining perform... More >>


    MC/VL at 7th St. Entry, 7/24/14

    published Jul 25, 2014

    MC/VLwith Gay Witch Abortion and Kitten Forever7th St. Entry, MinneapolisThursday, July 24, 2014Rap duo MC/VL returned after a three-and-a-half-year hiatus to mark the upcoming departure of Vicious Le... More >>


    Guante details his full-length with Dem Atlas as Sifu Hotman

    published Jul 24, 2014

    Last year, Guante and Dem Atlas dropped a short collaborative project with producer Rube as Sifu Hotman. The three-song EP has since grown into the full-length album Embrace the Sun, complete with mor... More >>

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    For the Love brings hip-hop festivities to Lowertown

    published July 9, 2014

    "The older I get, the better I like St. Paul," says show promoter Amber "Ace" Cleveland of the oft-maligned capital, which hugs the hipper... More >>

  • Moodie Black

    published July 2, 2014

    Fresh off a tour in support of their latest record, Nausea, noise-rap outfit Moodie Black are hitting Cause to celebrate. Their new... More >>


    The best Minnesota rap albums of 2014 (so far)

    published Jul 03, 2014

    The local rap scene has already shown itself to be in control in 2014 -- and we're only halfway through. Creativity is coming from all corners of the Twin Cities. Gimme Noise compiled our picks for th... More >>


    Ms. Lauryn Hill at First Avenue, 6/30/14

    published Jul 01, 2014

    Ms. Lauryn HillFirst Avenue, MinneapolisMonday, June 30, 2014The legendary Ms. Lauryn Hill graced First Avenue last night with a full band in tow and an incredible career-spanning set. Playing for ove... More >>


    Pride in Concert at Loring Park, 6/28/14

    published Jun 30, 2014

    Pride in ConcertWith Betty Who, Thea Austen, Thelma Houston, Steve Grand, and moreLoring Park, MinneapolisSaturday, June 28, 2014There were many kinds of people represented at the Pride Festival. It a... More >>


    Six Twin Cities hip-hop producers you should hear now: Vol. 6

    published Jun 27, 2014

    The ever-deepening Twin Cities hip-hop scene constantly has more talented producers stepping up. Here are six of our favorites for June, with some of the best monikers in the local game -- from 84 Cap... More >>


    Rock the Garden Day 1, 6/21/14

    published Jun 23, 2014

    Rock The Garden Day 1with De La Soul, Matt & Kim, Best Coast, Jeremy Messersmith, and LizzoWalker Art Center, MinneapolisSaturday, June 22, 2014Rock the Garden's first two-day event kicked off on ... More >>

  • Eyehategod

    published June 11, 2014

    Sludge metal pioneers Eyehategod are touring behind their new self-titled album — their first in 14 years. Sifting murky blues riffs through... More >>


    Northern Spark 2014: Music recap

    published Jun 16, 2014

    Northern Sparkwith Dosh, GRRRL PRTY, and othersMultiple locations, MinneapolisSaturday, June 14, 2014Beyond concurrent events happening at multiple locations, Saturday's fourth annual Northern Spark w... More >>


    I Self Devine and MN musicians join Cuban artists in new documentary

    published Jun 13, 2014

    With the intention of creating cultural dialogue and social interchange through collaborative art, the US Cuba Artist Exchange is in the midst of an ongoing mission to bring together local and Cuban a... More >>

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