It's truly a great time to be part of Marijuana Deathsquads. In addition to their engrossing "Music Rocks" May residency at Icehouse (which continues tonight with an MDS rap set, as well as a performance by Lizzo alongside Lazerbeak and Cliff Rhymes as they bring LIZZOBANGERS to life, and DJ Plain O ... More >>
The Best Love is Free, featuring Cecil Otter with Later Babes, I Colossus and Sophia Eris Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis Saturday, February 9, 2013Now that the Best Love is Free showcase and the Twin Cities have had a steady thing going for a few years here, it's become quite a prosperous and hap ... More >>
Mixed Blood Majority with Guante & Big Cats and LaLiberte Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Saturday, January 26, 2013 It's easy to be cynical about new local supergroups when our music community seems to interbreed at such an alarming rate, but Mixed Blood Majority's set on Saturday made an ... More >>
The fourth year of the Best Love is Free celebration has been slated for Saturday, February 9, 2013. Submissions are now closed, so now the anticipation builds as the crew sifts through a load of local material to string together the fourth compilation.What we know for sure is that Doomtree rapper C ... More >>
Doomtree Blowout VIII night oneFirst Avenue, MinneapolisFriday, December 14, 2012The wings and teeth didn't book another week-long set of shows like last year's Blowout celebration, but that's beside the point. Oh Minneapolis, we have such high standards. Never mind that P.O.S has kidney issues. Or ... More >>
Minneapolis rap group Doomtree will release a full-length documentary detailing their rise titled Team the Best Team on December 11. Just in time for the Blowout VIII shows at First Avenue, and definitely ahead of your holiday giving schedule.This 70-minute film was directed by by Chris Hadland, who ... More >>
See Also:Dessa develops a lipstick for charitySo we already know Dessa has teamed up with the Elixery on a lipstick, and is donating proceeds to a favorite charity (CARE, which empowers and educates women around the world). But what about the rest of the Doomtree collective? Are they feeling left ou ... More >>
The dark, grimy industrial revolution provides the visual motif for the latest Doomtree video offering from No Kings. Unlike the humor of "Bangarang," the "Beacon" clip is a black-and-white mini-movie filled with steampunk imagery and period clothing draped upon featured rappers Dessa, P.O.S., Cecil ... More >>
Dessa O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. PaulFriday, April 20, 2012 Whatever else Dessa may be -- Doomtree representative, rapper, singer, chameleon artist and all -- she is above all a sophisticated conductor and a woman with a vision. Her sold-out show at St. Catherine's O'Shaughnessy Auditorium wa ... More >>
Low, Doomtree, Brute Heart top best local releases
Photos by Nick WosikaDoomtree Blowout VII: Night SixDecember 9, 2011First Avenue, Minneapolis After five consecutive late-night, high-energy individual performances in the Entry this week, you could have forgiven Doomtree if their sold-out, full-crew set in First Avenue's Mainroom Friday n ... More >>
Crew making winter more fun this year
Illustration by Johnnie CluneyCreepiest rendering of Mason Jennings ever?"We have made it people, we have finally made it." Recent Picked to Click champs the Cloak Ox were the latest in a long string of Twin Cities acts to proudly announce that they'd recorded a session with Illinois-based record ... More >>
We wrap up our exciting week of announcing the special guests for Doomtree's curated 7th St. Entry shows with Cecil Otter's night on Thursday, December 8th. As you probably already gathered, there are going to be plenty of stellar sets filled with enough amazing artists to keep the Entry absolute ... More >>
There's always something incredible about a tour homecoming show: The band rides into town high on the momentum of playing every day for a month straight, executing their set with the precision of a road-tested act. It's a phenomenon that Doomtree's Sims knows well, having toured the U.S. with bo ... More >>
The beats never stop for the tireless crew of Doomtree. It was barely six months ago that Sims released his sophomore album, Bad Time Zoo, to overwhelming support from critics, peers, and fans. His smooth delivery and the intelligent persistence of his rhymes make Doomtree's youngest partner ... More >>
Photo by Erik HessAstronautalis at the Guthrie last monthAvid Gimme Noise readers will know that we've been pretty stoked about Astronautalis's recent move to Minneapolis. The Floridia-born rapper is a fierce performer and gifted freestyler, and he's a natural addition to our already bursting-at- ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessAstronautalisDessa's Cadence Series with Astronautalis, Lazlo Supreme, and MaLLyJuly 9, 2011The Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis"I'm so excited," Astronautalis beamed on Saturday night, during one of the many breaks in his set where he stopped playing music to ... More >>
Daytrotter is all up in the Twin Cities scene again. Just yesterday we saw Gabe Douglas of the 4onthefloor tweeting that his band was down at the Daytrotter studios in Rock Island, Illinois recording a session, and today the site posted a three-track performance by revolving electromanipulators M ... More >>
It's Friday, and you're likely idling in your office and sitting on a fence between interminable boredom and weekend giddiness. I don't think we ever really grow up that much, considering we've been feeling that exact same conflicting emotion since the first grade. And remember when you told your mo ... More >>
Photos by Nick WosikaDoomtree Blowout VIDecember 10, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisThere was no stopping the Doomtree crew Friday night, as the five emcees, two producers, and smattering of special guests kept the momentum pushing forward for a solid three hours of nonstop music.
Illionois-based recording site Daytrotter continues to show its love for Twin Cities bands this month with a new session by Brute Heart and return visits by powerhouse duo Peter Wolf Crier and multi-instrumental maestro Dosh. The three women in Brute Heart especially seemed to make their mark o ... More >>
It's no secret that we're fans of Peter Miller of We Are the Willow's stark soundscapes, poignant songwriting, and delicate voice; we're such adamant supporters of that last quality, in fact, that we named Miller Best Male Vocalist in this year's Best of the Twin Cities issue of City Pages. So we ... More >>
P.O.S at Soundset 2009Photo by Denis Jeong PlasterMemorial Day weekend is upon us, and that means it's time for Soundset 2010 to take over the parking lot of Canterbury Park in Shakopee. Every year, the annual Rhymesayers-sponsored hip-hop festival features a mix of local heroes, classic legends, ... More >>
Photo by Kris DrakeLocal director Brady Kiernan knows how to work. Since finishing his film degree in 2002, he's made his mark on the Twin Cities scene the old fashioned way, through blood, sweat, and skill. Working his way up has paid off with project after project: he's produced multiple ... More >>
The Twin Cities is continuing its total domination of the Daytrotter site with yet another session by local artists posted today. Doomtree members Dessa, Sims, Cecil Otter, and Mike Mictlan traveled down to the Illinois recording studio to track a massive 12-song session."They come from a city, l ... More >>
The hip-hop crew's annual extravaganza showcased their diverse pool of talent.
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2001[not really Doomtree] Building Better Bombs, Bottle Rocket single, 100 black discs limited edition [no label][not really Doomtree] Building Better Bombs, I Will Burn mini CD [no label][not really Doomtree] Cenospecies, In Definition (Peak Records), 2001: "Hip Hop"Note: Here's probably the firs ... More >>
Complaints, explanations, and bar chat with Doomtree rappers Cecil Otter and Dessa
From the garbage house to the club with P.O.S. and his Doomtree crew