Warehouse Eyes collaborators Christopher Williams and Jennie Lahlum have been dating for quite some time. In fact they're now engaged, but up until two years ago, they'd never considered making music together. Christopher half jokes "It took me about a year after we started dating to convince Jennie ... More >>
A deep hip-hop vocabulary has always set apart more exploratory artists like Outkast and Wu Tang Clan from the repetitive missives of Soulja Boy, but it was always a theoretical debate. Now, if there weren't already enough ways to pass judgment upon and categorize rappers, data Scientist Matt Danie ... More >>
We all know it, but it's time to show it. Urban Outfitters is a creative wasteland, a shortsighted cul-de-sac of trends and trash-culture bent for capital gain -- one large, unthinking slab of cultural masturbation. But, by and large, it's a beast we ourselves feed. Like creepers to a drug deal we l ... More >>
The Rhymesayers Entertainment family just got a little larger. On Tuesday, the Minnesota hip-hop label announced the signing of Dem Atlas, who hails from St. Paul and is a native of Akron, Ohio, and has been on the cusp of breaking out for a bit now. He hit number 27 on the 2013 Picked to Click tall ... More >>
A collaborative effort that expanded from a single song to a full-blown group, Sifu Hotman is rappers Guante and Dem Atlas over beats by producer Rube. Today, the trio releases a self-titled, three-song suite that captures their collective energies, and recalls some of the great rap teams from the p ... More >>
Ben Wendel has earned international success and awards as a performer, composer, producer and even conductor. He is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated jazz-rock group Kneebody in which he plays saxophone, and he is one of the very few well-known bassoonists outside of the classical realm -- a ... More >>
El-P, Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, and DespotFine Line Music Cafe, MinneapolisThursday, July 5, 2012See Also:Slideshow: El-P and Killer Mike at the Fine LineEl-P on Prince, his mother, and full-band rap shows as "dusted out Phish concerts"Killer Mike on being unhappy with Obama, and zombie ... More >>
PRIDE weekend in the Twin Cities is known for its epic parties, spectacular parades and over-the-top everything. Behind the hoopla, of course, you can find countless organizers, performers and activists working tirelessly to rally the masses under a banner of equality and self-love. Gimme Noise caug ... More >>
The Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch, best known as MCA, has died at 47. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 after a tumor was discovered in his salivary gland, and had been in treatment since that time.Related:Adam Yauch, RIP: A Life in PhotosCompared to the high nasal proclamations of Ad-Rock and Mike D' ... More >>
De La SoulThe Cabooze, MinneapolisFriday, April 27, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here. De La Soul have always been on the outside edges of hip-hop. They have tight rhymes, sharp, smart beats and a manner about them that's incredibly magnetic. But they weren't and aren't part of the gangsta ... More >>
Valentines Day is here and you need some help to win over the heart of that sexy B-girl or B-boy?We know hip-hop doesn't have the best history romancing the opposite sex, "bitches better having my money" and "skeeting on walls" doesn't really set the mood.But don't worry, we have you covered. So ... More >>
Farina in his record roomIf you love house music, you know Mark Farina. The jazz-house pioneer got his start in Chicago and San Francisco in the late '80s and has stayed true to his funky flavors of mellow house, downtempo and hip-hop ever since. He self-released the seventh installment of his fa ... More >>
Believe it or not, kids, their once was a time before random shuffle and mash-up remixes where music tended to stay in its distinct categories and within specific genre contours. Typically people liked one kind of music or another, and that was about it. The Beastie Boys and Beck's fast folk ... More >>
Here's some noise that a few Gimme Noise readers will mourn, but the majority of you might not: you won't have An Affront to Serious Music Criticism to kick around anymore. Or not quite as much, anyway. Why? Because yesterday, I started a full-time day-job after five and a half months of depraved ... More >>
illustration via DaytrotterI know, I know. Gayngs this, Gayngs that. It's not our fault they continue to murder it. And this is especially notable for the beautiful rendition of Sade's "By Your Side" they recorded at Chez Iver, Daytrotter in tow (and the footage of them performing it live in Chic ... More >>
Deep Soul Deities are serving up a heaping helping of that funky chicken grease tonight at Sauce -- and please, leave your tired loops at home. That's right, Garageband geeks. The Twin Cities' newest hip-hoppers get surprisingly fresh by kicking it old school. Backed by a live band including ... More >>
With the 24 members of Gayngs assembling themselves for a pair of "Last Prom on Earth" shows tonight at First Avenue, we asked ourselves: Who are some other awesome, ridiculously large supergroups and mega-collaborations? Here's a short list of our faves.
Wale takes Black Moth Super Rainbow on a world tour, the Fugees dive into '80s synth-pop & the Offspring connect with a one-hit wonder.
I must atone for what I put you readers through on Monday. This should hopefully do it.
It may seem greedy, but we couldn't confine ourselves to fewer than 13 riotous / melodious / prodigious records
So while Slug gets the SuicideGirls.com crowd going berserk from coast to coast in big open-air festivals, Rek is pacing the stage in front of a dozen people on a Sunday evening in a venue better known for its metal shows.
A New Yorker in Minnesota raps his contradictions, invites guests
We Sang. We Danced. We Set things on Fire. And Sometime after the Bar Closed, We Wrote It All Down for You.
Smokin' Grooves lights up hip hop's crossover crowd
After 12 years on the fringes of pop, hip hop, and techno, Jungle Brothers crash all three with V.I.P.
A walk through D'Angelo's hotly awaited, strangely elusive masterpiece, Voodoo
Underappreciated hip hoppers the Roots put their sound together on the new album Things Fall Apart
Back to Middle School: Wild Pitch reissues hip-hop classics by Gang Starr, the UMC's, Main Source, and Lord Finesse.
The Jungle Brothers' careful return to hip hop.