Smoker's Club Tour with Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, Pro Era, Statik Selektah, Chevy Woods, and The Underachievers Epic, Minneapolis Sunday, October 27, 2013 "The Smokers Club" title for this buzz-courting hip-hop package tour conjures up images of the kind of recreational indulgence that would make Snoo ... More >>
Bathed in early morning sunlight, Spyhouse Coffee at the corner of Broadway and Central in Northeast Minneapolis is bustling. "They only just opened yesterday," a customer in line remarks. "Really? I thought they'd been here longer," her companion replies. Already at home in the converted warehouse ... More >>
El-P and Killer Mike with Despot and Kool A.D. Varsity Theater, Minneapolis Friday, July 19, 2013 We of the millennial generation grew up in the golden era of the Dynamic Duo. On wax and on the basketball court, players and artists that could have been superstars in their own right formed partnersh ... More >>
By now you've got the brats, you've got the best cheap beer in America, and back up propane on deck for today's patriotic festivities; if not, get a move on. While you're breaking a sweat prepping for the party, let's talk boozy popsicles, or "poptails": the best way to imbibe on a hot day such as ... More >>
Summer is officially here, and with the usher of the warmer weather, a throwback summer soundtrack is definitely in order. Cue Minneapolis band the Shakin' Babies and their new album Stoked Casual. Each song ingredient is perfectly balanced: the bassline bounces, the doo wop lyricism is sing-along c ... More >>
Ex Cops Opening for Blessed Feathers and Young Buffalo 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis Thursday, February 28, 2013 Touring in support of their excellent 2013 release True Hallucinations, Brooklyn-based Ex Cops made their first appearance in Minneapolis last night, opening for Young Buffalo and Blesse ... More >>
It's been over six years since Snowden released their debut full-length album, Anti-Anti, in 2006. In that time, frontman Jordan Jeffares has seen a lot of landscape changes. He moved from his native Atlanta to Chicago to Brooklyn and finally settled on Austin, Texas, where the newest reincarnation ... More >>
It's relatively rare -- maybe even a blue moon-level occasion -- for a chef, particularly one at a new restaurant, to be able to go out on the town and have someone else cook for them. So when local chefs do get a chance to get away from their own kitchens, where do they choose to eat? This Chef's D ... More >>
See Also:44 Smashing Pumpkins-related things we'd rather do than audition to be a Smashing PumpkinThe Smashing Pumpkins in 2012 is essentially Billy Corgan and a bunch of people you've never heard of. And so when the band hits the road this fall, you will hear his voice, and his raging guitar, and t ... More >>
See Also: Night Moves reveal Colored Emotions tracklist and release date Night Moves on hotel living, song facelifts, and the new 7-inch Local retro-rockers Night Moves have kept the Twin City music community (and the rest of the world) waiting patiently for their Domino Records release of their de ... More >>
One of the most popular indie bands on the scene today, the Brooklyn-based Yeasayer manages to be simultaneously innovative and not annoying. They've been proving this since their debut album, 2007's All Hour Cymbals, and again with 2010's disarmingly addictive Odd Blood. Their third full-length alb ... More >>
Buildings are a Minneapolis noise-rock three-piece gaining a lot of traction in the U.S. and beyond, since February's release of their outstanding second record, Melt Cry Sleep (doubleplusgood). Singer/guitarist Brian Lake, drummer Travis Kuhlman, and bassist Ryan Harding look like mild-mannered guy ... More >>
See Also:Mayda tells us her survival tactics for life in the Twin CitiesMayda releases music video for 'The Panthers'Twin Cities-based R&B phenom Mayda recently hit the road for most of the month of June on her Boomerang Tour, and jotted down some details and observations along the way. Here's a ... More >>
Influence and genre can be sore subjects with rock acts, especially those burgeoning towards that national arena. After all, no band wants to reconcile their creative output against the backdrop of taller, more established shadows. But for all the lifted riffs or left-field Gram Parsons moments ... More >>
Related:Minneapolis music scene named second-best in the U.S.Top 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete list50 cool facts about the Minnesota music sceneKudos are in order for the Cedar Cultural Center, as the readers of About.com have crowned the venue the Best World Music Venue for 2012. Depend ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>
Photos by Allegra OxboroughDoomtree's Mike MictlanBY ALLEGRA OXBOROUGHBrooklyn took two heaping spoonfuls of Minneapolis this Wednesday at the CMJ marathon. Early in the day the Green Room Music Source booking agency curated an all-Minneapolis showcase at Spike Hill in Williamsburg. The show ... More >>
We're not even going to lie to you: If beer isn't your bag, this is the week to stay home. Practically every day is crammed with a beer dinner, pairing, sampling, or class on how to create the stuff yourself. Something about October must bring out everyone's inner brewmonster. 10/10 Brooklyn Brewi ... More >>
Singer-songwriter Ryan Traster was born and bred in Minneapolis, and moved to Brooklyn three years ago to further along his music career. Regardless of the move, Traster -- always a Minneapolis folk and roots scene favorite -- has been frequenting the Cities; it appears you can take the boy o ... More >>
Mo PerryFiery goodness to make your tongue tingleThere is something other-worldly about Szechuan Spice's chicken with double chili pepper--a haunting quality that hovers on the periphery of your memory and manifests in periodic, sudden, urgent cravings. Maybe it's the chicken, lightly crisp ... More >>
Colorful and tasty tooGood smells waft down Harmon Place when you open the doors to Dancing Ganesha and grab a seat at the bar, it only gets better. Pass by the elephant and settle in to watch the dual TV's -- one showing a Bollywood musical and the other reprising a cricket match with the West I ... More >>
Though they have issued a steady stream of releases for a few years now, Minneapolis label Totally Gross National Product seems to be on an upswing lately, collaborating with a vast network of experimental artists that span and combine elements of electronic, rap, dance, and rock music.
DPerstinThings you find in a park: Goat heads!St. Paul Police and Animal Control officials are looking into something you don't see everyday: A severed goat head. Someone found it in Marydale Park in St. Paul's North End on Saturday. "A woman was walking in the park, and saw something in a p ... More >>
Number 97: DWITT (a.k.a. David Ruddy Witt) City: Saint Paul (Highland Park) Years spent living in MN: 31He may not be an actual rock star, but prolific artist DWITT (David Witt) is as close as you can get without picking up a guitar. In fact, his mere association with an event usuall ... More >>
Music festivals are an odd thing, and College Music Journal's annual New York buzzathon is absolutely no exception. Well over a thousand bands play officially and unofficially during its four days, attempting to attract some of the game-changing eyes milling and handshaking around lower Manhattan ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenRatatatSeptember 11, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisREVIEW BY CECILE CLOUTIERThe Brooklyn instrumental duo Ratatat mix up rock, hip-hop, dub and electronica with cool abandon, and in retrospect it shouldn't have been a huge surprise that their live show was somewhere between a ... More >>
by Lauren B. PhotographyOn the love train: the cast of "Always & Forever" Always & Forever opened last night at Illusion Theater, a two-hour revue of 1960s and 70s R&B hits performed with a live band that, among other vitrues, has to be one of the great date shows of the year. Soulful ... More >>
photo by: Aliison AllenComing September 28th: a first solo record from the former Plastic Constellations guitarist-turned Doomtree backbone Lazerbeak, as well as a November tour across America with the very same crew. We've got a song and dates for you.
Image Courtesy of: Kris Drake "Stuck Between Stations." Stuck Between Stations. One is the name of a song by Brooklyn band the Hold Steady (whose singer is at work on a movie project of his own, adapting Chuck Klosterman's Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs). The other is the name of a film conceived, ... More >>
PhantogramStopping in from their massive tour, Brooklyn's the Antlers and their pop-strum random-eff-bomb dropping syrup are coming to the Varsity tonight, with Phantogram in tow. Phantogram get down somewhere between psych, Beck, and trip-hop (much unlike Black Moth Super Rainbow if that's what ... More >>
The pair collaborated last weekend at a Haiti benefit in Brooklyn.
The energetic keyboardist is branching out on his own.
Perhaps it's best to say that Saji-Ya has entered a period of rest after its long spate of medal-winning in the early '90s.